Skip to comments.Some take issue with textbook's Second Amendment summary
Posted on 09/20/2013 5:38:56 AM PDT by JoeProBono
DENTON, Texas, - 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.'"
The textbook is wrong because it is in direct conflict with the SCOTUS Heller decision.
Apparently this is used in several school districts across the US. I think parent should be delving into all the text books their son or daughter uses. BTW, the book is 793 pages long. More than just an teaching aid.
“Rights of the People?”
WHO CARES about the rights of the PEOPLE??
It’s all about the Ummah.
This book was written about 8 years ago, well before Heller decision. At that time, the “generally accepted” view was the Militia view. In the decade since publishing, numerous SC rulings have changed this viewpoint.
Denton ISD is getting out in front of this and telling its teachers to cite the inaccuracies in the book, not only with the 2nd Amendment, but throughout the book.
At least DISD is being pro-active on this issue once it was brought to its attention. The sad thing is that the teachers didn’t elevate the issue.
"the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon in any manner by any government organization within the United States at any time for any reason under penalty of death". That would throw a monkey wrench into some plans.
A well educated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and read Books, shall not be infringed.
Then I tag it with: "So, in your simple mind, ONLY militia members can read books?"
I get cursed at a lot.
If U tell a lie often enough it becomes truth!
So the book is not approved by the state board of education, it is merely “supplemental”
Sounds like CSCOPE is still active, just went underground
In other words the approved textbook was laid aside in favor of this one.
I think they should be personally selecting the books. Any parent who puts his offspring in a public school, is not very fastidious about their education.
So no laws prohibiting the insane or mentally deficient from owning firearms? No prohibition against gun ownership by convicted violent felons? No laws prohibiting taking guns into courts or police stations or prisons? Nothing like that?
Anyone who really wants to summarize the second amendment can do so thusly: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
The preamble is not really relevant when we are dealing with rights.
My niece, who attends a Catholic grade school, was told on Constitution that the 2nd Amendment only applied to muskets and that’s why we are having so many mass shootings. I immediately educated her on the Constitution and told her that her teacher was a moron. She’s in fifth grade btw.
Anyone that can’t be trusted to own and be in public with a firearm needs to not be allowed out of incarceration.
Apologies. That first sentence should read “was told on Constitution Day”
My response to that kind of thinking is either to point out that under that interpretation the First applies only to hand-cranked printing presses, or the expansion of the second that it must therefore also imply that it exists to protect the people from tyrannical government.
I understand that my post seemed radical and it is but it is only a response to the equally radical opinion held by the leftists, that the individual citizen does not have a right to keep and bear arms or that that right should somehow be greatly restricted by the government.
Furthermore, in 1 to 2 generations, the liberals will have managed to reduce support for the second amendment to a point where they will be able to redefine the second amendment in a manner that does, in fact, infringe on the RKBA so much that, for all intents and purposes, the right will no longer exist. As such, we are working within a closing window here. We should be thinking about that because they are.
So, to answer your question, I don't care about any of that. All I care about is preserving the RKBA in America FOREVER so that our descendents will not be enslaved as a result of not having the tools to resist the tyranny that we all know is inevitable. Therefore, it is, IMHO, necessary to preemptively prevent them from redefining the second amendment by redefining the second amendment ourselves in amatter that leaves them with nothing to say on the matter EVER again. We may very well have the power to do that right now. If we do, we should as that power will wane and that window will close with it.
That’s exactly what I told her.
I really don’t know what I’m going to do with my kids. Public schools are cease pools, but Catholic schools still have plenty of Jesuit Catholics.
I’m feeling like home schooling might be the only option left...
Two words...Home School
I know it’s not for everyone, but it works for us. And my wife and I know what our kids are learning...
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