Originally spotted at Guyer High School in Texas, the book, titled “United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination,” claims the Second Amendment grants people the right to bear arms “in a state militia.” Though the book serves as a guide for those preparing for Advanced Placement exams, it has sparked outrage for its inaccuracies and is distributed to “hundreds” of schools.
However, the Second Amendment, according to the U.S. Constitution, states: “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.”
The book’s definition sparked controversy at the Denton Independent School District in Denton, Texas, where the book is used. The district, The Blaze reported, claimed the text was only used as supplemental material and is “disseminating the correct information on the Second Amendment.”
However, the text is not only used by the Denton Independent School District. According to Karen Anderson, a customer service representative for AMSCO and Perfect Learning — which publishes the book — the book is distributed to “hundreds” of schools across the country, she told Red Alert Politics.
The book, though, has since been under revision.
“This title is currently being revised and it is our intention to include the original language of the Bill of Rights in the new edition,” Anderson said. “This title is just one of hundreds of texts acquired through purchase of the company and Perfection Learning will continue reviewing all these new materials to identify any needed corrections and updates.”
Anderson, however, did not know when the revised book would be available to schools.
“United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination” isn’t the only educational book misinterpreting the Second Amendment.
“The Second and Third Amendments — grant citizens the right to bear arms as members of a militia of citizen-soldiers and prevent the government from housing troops in private homes in peacetime,” the book’s summary reads, according to The Blaze.
Despite the book’s claims, the Third Amendment deals with the housing of soldiers not only in peacetime, but during periods of war as well.
“No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law,” the amendment states.
Additionally, the book goes on to paraphrase the amendment to read “the right to bear arms,” not the right to “keep” and bear arms.
The American Textbook Council told The Blaze the book is a “widely adopted history textbook” for 11th grade classrooms. The book’s publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, did not return Red Alert’s request for comment by the time of publication.