Looking for a storybook to send your kids off into a peaceful slumber at night? You might not want to consider “My Parents Open Carry,” a children’s pro-gun picture book.
Featuring a blue-eyed family with guns clipped to their belts on the cover, the paperback offers itself as a solution for parents who "carry a gun and sometimes struggle with how to best explain the reasons" to their children. The story follows 13-year-old Brenna Strong and her parents on a typical Saturday running errands and having fun together.
“What's not so typical is that Brenna's parents lawfully open carry handguns for self-defense,” the book explains. “The Strongs join a growing number of families that are standing up for their 2nd Amendment rights by open carrying and bringing gun ownership out of the closet and into the mainstream.”
The book is written by Brian Jeffs and Nathan Nephew, co-founders of the pro-gun nonprofit, Michigan Open Carry, Inc. “My Parents Open Carry” was published more than a year ago by the small, "pro-family" Michigan-based White Feather Press, but the book tipped over into Internet awareness this week – the same week former White House press secretary and gun-control advocate James Brady died and the same week 13-year-old Darin Booker was accidentally shot and killed by another neighborhood boy in a Florida City yard – when negative comments started piling up against it on Amazon.com, where it sells for $13.45.
Apparently, not a lot of gun lovers buy their books online.
“This book was a great way to bring up a few difficult topics with my remaining child, such as why she doesn't have brothers and sisters anymore or a left ear,” one reviewer wrote.
“My Parents Open Carry” has a few things working against it, including, but not limited to, the unforgivable fact that 20 U.S. kids are hospitalized each day for gun injuries, nearly a third of them accidental.
Shouldn’t a child’s right to survive trump a parent’s irrational desire to pack a piece?
What’s scary is that if people like Jeffs and Nephew can turn “open carry” into a verb then what’s to stop other parents with poor decision-making skills from publishing, too? This could spawn an entire new section in bookstores and libraries. Before you know it, anybody will be able to turn a bad idea into a children’s book. If we’re not careful, these titles will be as attainable as a $2 download:
- “Free Not to Be… You and Me,” a project of Chik-fil-A
- “I Did Not Have a Dream,” by Donald Sterling
- “Social Media Etiquette for Today’s Teens,” by Anthony Weiner
- “The Giving Tree,” by the University of Miami and Walmart
- “Go, Dog, Go!” by Michael Vick
- “Reclaiming the Sanctity of Marriage,” third edition, by Pam Bondi
- “What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?” by Kim Kardashian
- “Hop on Pop,” by Jerry Sandusky
- “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” by The New York Times Editorial Board