ISSUE: According to "Jews For The Preservation of Firearms
Ownership" (www.jpfo.org), a teaching booklet put out by the
INS is lying to immigrants about the Second Amendment.
Not Charles Schumer, not Sarah Brady... but the U.S.
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is actively
teaching immigrants that "gun control" is part of our
Constitution. The INS is lying, pure and simple. The INS'
false statements cannot be counted as "mistakes" -- the
Constitution is short enough that anyone can read it; the
Bill of Rights is even shorter.
The document, entitled "United States Government Structure
Study Guide for Civics Exam" (located online at
www.ins.gov/graphics/services/natz/require.htm), states on
"The Founding Fathers believed that the right to life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness was very important.
This right is the basis for all of the rights listed in the
Constitution and its amendments.
* right to freedom of religion;
* right to freedom of speech;
* right to bear arms, or to own weapons (a special permit is
* right to a trial when accused of a crime, and to know of
what crime one is accused; and,
* right to own property and to expect the government to help
protect private property.
These are rights guaranteed by the Constitution to both
citizens and non-citizens who live in the United States."
Never mind the grammatical error in the use of "right" in the
first sentence -- there is absolutely no "special permit"
requirement anywhere in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Further on in the document, on page 5, it reads:
Guarantees the right to have weapons or own a gun, though
subject to certain regulations. (Also called the right to bear
There is no provision for "certain regulations" in the Second
Amendment. The language of that Amendment says the people's
right to keep and bear arms "shall not be infringed."
INS spokesperson Niki Edwards told CNSNews.com that the
information contained in the study guide is devoted to teaching
immigrants the "main principles" of the Constitution and should
not be literally interpreted. A replacement for the current
"study aid" is under consideration, Edwards noted.
ACTION ITEM: These statements about the Second Amendment are
false, and because they are knowing (sic) false statements, they
are lies. The INS is propagandizing prospective new citizens
to embrace "gun control" as a fundamental principle of our