When you think about the ideal children's book that has yet to be written for your little one, an illustrated story about a parent's right to open carry their deadly firearm is probably the last thing you'd imagine. Well, not so for Brian Jeffs and Nathan Nephew, authors of the new pro-gun book My Parents Open Carry! The duo is proud to debut their new children's book about 13-year-old Brenna Strong and her parents who "lawfully open carry handguns for self-defense." Yes. Really.
The book aims to help parents explain why they open carry to their kids, while of course singing the praises of walking around armed. Fantastic message for kids, for whom open carry is obviously ... illegal!
Aside from that, the fact that this kids' book is obviously about a seriously contentious ADULT theme makes it look like a satirical Saturday Night Live joke.
It's not even about what side of the issue you're on. It's about how there are probably a BAZILLION better, more appropriate topics that could be the subject matter of a children's book. It's about whether or not this is a conversation we need to be having with young kids, especially within the innocent context of storytime, which should be pleasant, relaxing, and educational -- not a time to fearmonger.
Ultimately, there's no good reason a child for whom an illustrated book like this would be appropriate needs to be informed of and dragged into this clearly divisive political issue. Sure, perhaps "the right to open carry" is a conversation certain proud gun-owning parents may want to have with their older kids at some point, but to make it the crux of a book aimed at little ones is nothing short of completely clueless, if not downright irresponsible.
What do you think about this book?
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