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THE SECOND AMENDMENT

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 page two:

"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. These include:
* right to freedom of religion;
* right to freedom of speech;
* right to bear arms, or to own weapons (a special permit is required);
* 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:

"Amendment 2 Guarantees the right to have weapons or own a gun, though subject to certain regulations. (Also called the right to bear arms.)"

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 system.