School Textbook Says Only Military Allowed to Have Guns in USA

A textbook in Texas has been discovered teaching that Americans have no individual right to keep and bear arms, essentially telling kids that only the military–or an organized militia–can have arms under the Constitution.

Thanks to TheBlaze, a school book in Denton, Texas has been found giving kids an incomplete definition of the Second Amendment. Worse, this is a textbook used by advanced placement students, supposedly the best educated kids.

The book in question is titled, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination and is the principal book used to study for advanced US history classes.

Here is what the textbook says of the Second Amendment:

Second Amendment: The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.

Not only is this an incomplete description of the amendment, but it doesn’t take into account recent Supreme Court rulings that make the Second an individual right, nor does it include the important passage, “shall not be infringed.”

As the textbook clearly reads, it makes the right to bear arms contingent on being in a state militia. But that isn’t the case. It has become pretty well accepted even in this day of anti-gun nuts that the right to bear arms is not strictly relegated to being in a state militia.

As the actual, full amendment 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.

In fact, the comma in that sentence is the most important part. It separates the militia clause from the rights clause making them co-equal, not one contingent upon the other. But the most important part is the last four words. It does NOT say “shall not be infringed unless you aren’t in a militia.”

It says “shall not” period.

This wasn’t the only textbook that teaches kids that only the militia is allowed to have arms.

TheBlaze found another widely adopted textbook that essentially says the same thing, that only people in the militia can have guns.

This is simply a lie. The right to bear arms is an individual’s right, not a collective right only of the militia.

Our schools are failing us, folks. Not only that but our schools–even those in red states–are attempting to rewrite our history and teach kids what these liberals would rather our history be, not what it actually is.

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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