High School AP History Book Rewrites 2nd Amendment

Family Security Matters

Controversy is brewing around a school  district in Denton, Texas, that is  said to be using a United States  history book that seems to summarize the  Second Amendment inaccurately.  However, the Denton Independent School District  maintains it only uses  the book as “supplemental” material and is  “disseminating the correct  information on the Second Amendment” from other  texts.

But there are several other schools that appear to be using the book,  too.

“The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia,” the  definition in the book, “United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement  Examination,” which acts as a study guide for the Advanced Placement U.S.  history test, reads.

The amendment as ratified by the U.S.  reads [emphasis added]: “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.

Based on the book’s interpretation,  citizens only retain the right to bear  arms in a “state militia,” a case  where citizens are called upon during  emergencies to protect the state.  Not surprisingly, many would take issue with  that interpretation.

It could certainly be an accidental  misinterpretation by the textbook’s  author, but people are clearly  unhappy with the language and there is already  an effort underway to  make school officials at Guyer High School aware of the  discrepancy. A  Texas blogger has also pointed out that the Denton ISD Board of  Trustees meets on  Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. and is encouraging parents to show up and  demand  answers.

It should be noted that all of the amendments found  in the Constitution are summarized in the  referenced text. However, the other  amendments don’t appear to have  raised eyebrows.

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