Teacher’s Second Amendment Lesson Sparks Controversy

Bristol, CT – A Connecticut teacher’s lesson about the Constitution and the Second Amendment has angered some parents and gun rights advocates. The Northeast Middle School eighth grade teacher’s lesson entitled “The Second Amendment Today” has been called propaganda by the Liberty Counsel.

Parent Steve Boibeaux stated during an interview with Fox News that he was “appalled” about the Connecticut teacher’s Second Amendment lesson. Boibeaux also said, “It sounds to me like they are trying to indoctrinate our kids. I’m more than a little upset about this.”

The Constitution lesson on the Second Amendment as published by Instructional Fair read:

• The courts have consistently determined that the Second Amendment does not ensure each individual the right to bear arms.

• The rights of this amendment are not extended to individual citizens of the states, so a person has no right to complain about a Second Amendment violation by state laws.

• The courts have never found a law regulating the private ownership of weapons unconstitutional.

• The Second Amendment only provides the right of a state to keep an armed National Guard.

Steve Boibeaux’s son maintains that the Northeast Middle School eighth grade teacher also “promoted” the idea of the Constitution as a living document. The Second Amendment worksheet which accompanied the lesson reportedly stated the interpretation of the Constitution should change to meet the times.

Liberty Counsel found Mat Staver said, “The US Supreme Court has affirmed that the Second Amendment ensures the individual the right to bear arms. The progressive interpretation of the Second Amendment is that it doesn’t give you the right to bear arms, that it’s a corporate right of the government.”

Staver went on to state that such an argument has been rejected by the court system. School district superintendent Ellen Solek noted that the assignment has been pulled from use in the classroom. The decision was reportedly an administrative one taken in the “best interest of the district.”

How do you feel about the Connecticut teacher’s Second Amendment and Constitution lesson?

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