A workbook used at Grant Middle School in Springfield, Illinois might take the cake for the most outrageous definition of the Second Amendment ever committed to paper. An image posted on the Illinois Gun Owners Rights Facebook page shows a worksheet that defines the Second Amendment as the following:

“This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from the colonists.”

Below is a picture of the workbook page in question:

2nd-amendment-assignmentImage Source: Facebook

In case you need a refresher, The Second Amendment as written in the U.S. Constitution states: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

That definition doesn’t appear to say anything about registration or the restriction of weapons.

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“This story broke on TheBlaze on Friday. I didn’t see it until I was on the plane… This is just an outrageous thing,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “I’m missing the ‘registration form’ part of the Second Amendment. And I’m also missing the ‘certain weapons’ part.”

The parent who went public with the workbook page has asked to remain anonymous, but he spoke to Storyleak.com and the Examiner about the definition.

“My son was given a workbook at school that is a compilation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights,” the parent reportedly said. “When they covered the Second Amendment, he saw that they were stating that only ‘certain guns’ could be owned and that they had to be ‘registered,’ which he knew was false.”

The parent says he confronted Grant Middle School officials and told them that they “can’t reword the Constitution to what you think it should be.”

TheBlaze also reached out to the individual for further insight:

In an email to TheBlaze, the parent, who wishes to remain anonymous, confirmed that his son received the workbook and immediately brought it to his attention.

The following day, the parent says he went to the school and talked to his son’s history teacher and the head of the history department. After a “civil conversation,” he was informed that two teachers no longer with the school created the workbook several years ago, but it has continued to be used. The officials also assured him they are taking his concerns seriously and vowed to “go to the proper people to have it changed.”

“I feel this situation will be resolved, and very soon,” he told TheBlaze.


The parent said the school is now getting “bombarded with messages” about the material from concerned parents across the country.

It should be noted the teachers who allegedly wrote the workbook worked at the school prior to the implementation of Common Core. Furthermore, it appears as though the book was only intended for use at Grant Middle School.

“How are you possibly putting this in a printed workbook? I mean who’s running this place,” Glenn asked exasperatedly. “Every person should say, ‘If you’re in school and you’re teaching something, it should be accurate’… This is: Teach the facts. And they’re not… You cannot play in to the fear. You cannot remain silent… because you are standing with the other side if you do.”