Some take issue with textbook's Second Amendment summary

Sept. 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM
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DENTON, Texas, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Officials with a Texas school district said a U.S. history book with a misleading summary of the Second Amendment is not a primary text.

The Denton Independent School District book, "U.S. History: Preparing for Advanced Placement Exam," summarizes the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as "The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia," KDAF-TV, Dallas, reported Thursday.

The Second Amendment actually reads, "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."

Some residents said they were shocked by the book's interpretation.

"That really puts it in a light that people have the right to bear arms only in a militia setting, and that's not the intent," Rich Wallace said.

Denton ISD spokeswoman Sharon Cox said the book is not the primary text for the class, but rather "a supplement instructional aid."

Cox said instructors "are teaching the amendments from the primary source, the U.S. Constitution and its Amendments, and from the classroom textbook, 'American Pageant.'"

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