The Second Amendment is perhaps the most contested passages in all of American literature; unsurprisingly a reader’s interpretation will often have more to do with their own political views than it will with the text. Nevertheless, you still have to scratch your head at the latest controversy surrounding the twenty-seven words that make up the amendment.
Gun rights advocates in Texas have launched a full on assault (verbal, thank goodness) on the Denton Independent School District over the district’s decision to teach the textbook U.S. History: Preparing for Advanced Placement Exams. The book’s great crime? Instead of quoting the Bill of Rights, the textbook summarizes, “The people have a right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.” This abbreviation has led to many parents and advocates demanding the book be removed from schools.
The desire to control what children read has often lead to interesting, and sometimes ridiculous debates. The Harry Potter books were decried for their depictions of witches and wizards, possibly suggesting a pagan and anti-Christian viewpoint. And, of course, controversy is never far from Huckleberry Finn. And, in a more similar vein to the recent outcry in Denton, there was a great debate over how textbooks should …read more

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