Denying History

Several of you may have heard about the Connecticut student who was told to do a lesson denying that there’s an individual Second Amendment right to bear arms.

For those of you who didn’t catch the story I don’t mean that the text simply opts for the collective rights interpretation, I mean the teacher distributed a worksheet that completely denies history.

“The courts have consistently determined that the Second Amendment does not ensure each individual the right to bear arms,” the worksheet states. “The courts have never found a law regulating the private ownership of weapons unconstitutional.”

The worksheet, published by Instructional Fair, goes on to say that the Second Amendment is not incorporated against the states.

In the most generous interpretation of events, the teacher is using materials that are more than half a decade out-of-date and has simply opted not to keep up with current events or current curriculum. The less generous assumption is that the teacher is seeking out these false documents in an effort to deny history and purposefully lie to students. Either way, the school refuses to answer any questions about the situation or even provide a statement on whether they plan to stop purposefully giving out false information to students now that it has been brought to their attention.

Cam Edwards is hosting the father of this student on today’s Cam and Company at 4:20pm Eastern. I plan to tune in because, well, I was that pain-in-the-ass student who kept my teachers on their toes over stuff like this. :)

Cam did joke today when promoting his interview that he would love to see Dave Kopel be invited to respond to the class lesson. I just think it would be funny trying to picture the teacher arguing with Kopel that he wasn’t really in the SCOTUS building and sitting at the table during the Heller case – it is all simply a figment of his imagination.

On a related note, these are your public schools, folks.

UPDATE: Sadly, it doesn’t get much better at the college level with this report of a professor at a public university forcing her students to make anti-gun art espousing her personal views for her political crusade against firearms in direct violation of state law.

4 Responses to “Denying History”

  1. NotClauswitz says:

    No wonder my Brother-in-law’s kids all got home-schooled.

  2. Ted says:

    Also, see this article from

    I can remember long ago when the Syracuse papers were solid supporters of the RKBA. That hasn’t been the case for some time.

  3. Chris says:

    Would you be shocked to learn that Instructional Fair is owned by the Tribune Company?

  4. John A says:

    Not the teacher, the school admin is more likely at fault for not spotting this and/or ignoring complaints until one reached a news outlet. Even now, it has only been pulled “in that particular school” according to the district Superintendent of schools.