The Thirteenth Post in the “Oh My Achin’ Head” Series: Two “Open Carry” Advocates in Michigan Publish a Pro-Gun Book for Young Children

MyParentsOpenCarryBy Elaine Magliaro

Brian Jeffs and Nathan Nephew are the two co-founders of Michigan Open Carry. They are also the authors of a new children’s book titled My Parents Open Carry, which tells the tale of a young girl and her family as they “turn an otherwise ordinary day into an open carry adventure!” Madeleine Davies (Jezebel) said this children’s book is “a MUST READ for any tiny gun nut.” She added My Parents Open Carry is “unsurprisingly” filled with misinformation. The book was published by White Feather Press.

Writing for The Guardian, Alison Flood said, “Sporting a cover image of a blue-eyed family with guns clipped to their belts, a new American children’s picture book is setting itself out as the solution for all those parents who ‘carry a gun and sometimes struggle with how to best explain the reasons’ to their children.”

Jeffs and Nephew said that before writing My Parents Open Carry they looked for pro-gun children’s books but were unable to find any. They added that their “goal was to provide a wholesome family book that reflects the views of the majority of the American people, i.e., that self-defense is a basic natural right and that firearms provide the most efficient means for that defense.” The authors also said that their book was “written in the hope of providing a basic overview of the right to keep and bear arms as well as the growing practice of the open carry of a handgun.” They said they feared that “our children are being raised with a biased view of our constitution and especially in regards to the 2nd Amendment.”

Ian Millhiser (ThinkProgress) wrote that although “the fantasy of a gun owner halting a crime is common among conservative gun advocates — ‘The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,’ in the words of National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre — the reality is very different. For one thing, research shows that lax gun laws and increased gun violence are linked. According to a 2013 Center for American Progress report, ‘the 10 states with the weakest gun laws collectively have a level of gun violence that is more than twice as high—104 percent higher—than the 10 states with the strongest gun laws.’”

A description of the book from the book’s website:

Come join 13-year-old Brenna Strong along with her mom, Bea, and her dad, Richard, as they spend 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 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.

A note to prospective buyers of My Parents Open Carry from the same website:

If you open carry and have a difficult time explaining why to your family and friends, or if you want to learn about the open carry of a handgun, or if you’ve wondered if open carry is right for you, then this book is what you need.

Here is an excerpt from Ian Millhiser’s Think Progress article about My Parents Open Carry:

The book teaches children such lessons as “[o]pen carry can deter a crime, it’s a faster draw, and it’s more comfortable in the summer when we wear light clothing” and that “[t]here are several cases of robbers who staked out a store to rob only to go somewhere else because they saw someone with a gun in the store.” It also includes a glossary to help children understand key terms. The term “Easy Target” for example, it defined as “Someone that would be easy to rob. For example an elderly person, a woman, a person that is preoccupied or one that appears to be unarmed and wouldn’t cause much trouble during the crime.”

Raw Story reported on comments that Jeffs and Nephew made during an interview with Armed American Radio, the official radio program of The United States Concealed Carry Association. During the interview, the authors said that their book “represents ‘an open carry adventure’ in which the Strong family goes to the grocery store and the book store and confronts people.” Nephews added that My Parents Open Carry was a “good book”—and not just for children. He said it was also good for friends and neighbors “because it’s parents, not children, who are alarmed when people openly carry firearms.” He claimed that “Most kids aren’t scared of a gun.”

 

SOURCES

There’s Now A Book To Teach Your Kids About Why They Should Pack Heat While Shopping (ThinkProgress)

Nightmarish Children’s Book Promotes the Open Carry of Guns (Jezebel)

Pro-gun picture book for children aims to reassure kids about parents’ weapons: My Parents Open Carry aims to explain ‘the right to bear arms and the growing practice of the open carry of a handgun’ (The Guardian)

‘My Parents Open Carry’ kid’s book portrays day in the life of ‘typical’ gun nut family (Raw Story)

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18 Responses to The Thirteenth Post in the “Oh My Achin’ Head” Series: Two “Open Carry” Advocates in Michigan Publish a Pro-Gun Book for Young Children

  1. blouise says:

    The other day, driving home, I stopped at a traffic light right behind an SUV driven by a woman. On her back import was a bumper sticker meant to read

    PROUD
    NRA
    MOM

    Except that someone had taken a black marker and drawn an. X through the second m in mom and then addedd the letters RON so the bumper sticker now read

    PROUD
    NRA
    MORON

    I wonder when someone’s going to tell her.

  2. Elaine M. says:

    Blouise,

    NRA Commentator: You Don’t Need To See To Be Able To Fire A Gun
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nra-dom-raso-blind-guns

    Excerpt:
    In the video, titled “Firearms and the Blind,” NRA commentator Dom Raso asked viewers several rhetorical questions. He said a blind person is not going to “start shooting in every direction” and “kill[ing] everyone” if he or she has a gun.

    “The biggest concern I hear is having blind people carrying in public. Are you envisioning the person waving the gun around or pointing it at anybody for no reason? Because that’s what it sounds like,” Raso said. “Do you think because they’re blind, they’re going to start shooting in every direction and kill everyone? Fact is, it’s been proven that people that lack vision have an increased awareness of their hearing and spatial surroundings.”

  3. Mike Spindell says:

    The trouble for people who can make legitimate arguments about the 2nd Amendment is insane people like these authors, who are living in an alternate reality and a world where danger lurks around every corner.

  4. Annie says:

    And one stormy night Dad came home drunk and was getting his leather strap to beat the beJesus out of Mom, when the preteen daughter got out her pink sparkly gun and shot Dad through the forehead. All those shooting lessons at range paid off. The end.

  5. Oky1 says:

    Mexican Illegals Kill Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. – Wound His Father – Murders Related to White House Criminals
    Posted By: Infoeditor [Send E-Mail]
    Date: Tuesday, 5-Aug-2014 11:06:30

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014
    Mexican Illegals Kill Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. – Wound His Father – Murders Related to White House Criminals
    Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr., reportedly, was shot dead and his father wounded while they were on a fishing trip in the Rio Grande Valley south of beautiful Corpus Christi, Texas in Willacy County.
    Illegal aliens Gustavo Tijerina of La Villa, Texas, and Ismael Hernandez of Weslaco, Texas have reportedly confessed to the crime(s).
    Two Illegal Aliens Kill Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent in Front of His Family
    http://pumabydesign001.com/2014/08/05/two-illegal-aliens-kill-off-duty-border-patrol-agent-in-front-of-his-family/
    Photo of Agent Vega is posted here. Another good U.S. personnel wasted by the CRIMINAL U.S. WHITE HOUSE & THEIR CRIMINAL POLICIES. But, hey….the illegals don’t discriminate when doing their killings!! They’ll kill you, your innocent family members, cops, little kids, this fine Border Patrol Officer, even fellow hispanics, etc., they simply don’t give a *!!!!
    We have a bankster country where CRIMINAL DUPES FAIL TO UPHOLD THEIR OFFICES AND HAVE GOTTEN MANY PERSONS KILLED.
    This murder and wounding was completely unnecessary and relates directly to THE CRIMINAL WHITE HOUSE FAILURE TO UPHOLD LAWS ALREADY ON THE BOOKS. It has become a regular tragedy every few days to read this kind of tragic news in America – tragedy caused by THE CRIMINAL WHITE HOUSE IMPOSTOR AND HIS FELLOW CRIMINAL BUDS.
    And you thought Congress is there to help you and this country? Better think again.

    http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2014/08/mexican-illegals-kill-border-patrol-agent-javier-vega-jr-wound-his-father-murders-related-to-white-house-criminals-3006454.html

  6. Oky1 says:

    Shock Video: Border Patrol Admits Citizenship Doesn’t Really Exist Under Obama
    Whole world is attempting to exploit open borders

    http://www.infowars.com/video-border-patrol-agent-sums-up-startling-gravity-of-immigration-crisis/

  7. Elaine M. says:

    Having a good time, Oky?

  8. Mike S.,

    “The trouble for people who can make legitimate arguments about the 2nd Amendment is insane people like these authors, who are living in an alternate reality and a world where danger lurks around every corner.”

    Yep.

  9. James Knauer says:

    Oky1, the book at the center of Elaine’s post did not mention “Mexican Illegals” as the reason it was written, as the conveniently named Strongs do not discuss border security. Perhaps you could elaborate on the connection you see between them.

    Further:

    “During the interview, the authors said that their book “represents ‘an open carry adventure’ in which the Strong family goes to the grocery store and the book store and confronts people.””

    Awfully evangelical. Does the Second Amendment require badgering strangers? With your gun out for everyone to see, who do you think is going to disagree with you? How is this wielding not to be considered intimidation, particularly since the book’s primary audience is children? Is this how we teach them to solve their problems?

    And if the stated reason — the most efficient means of self defense — for carrying these guns around, how could that possibly be classified as an “adventure,” given the steep fear involved? Because some threshold of fear had to be crossed to invite the gun into the family to begin with.

    Unless, of course, you “just like to shoot.”

  10. Oky1 says:

    **Elaine M. says:
    August 5, 2014 at 3:16 pm **

    I’m feeling a lil better today, thanks for asking.

    I hope you’re going well also.

    I had to go in & let the doc do some cutting on me yesterday. He gets it cut open & turns to the nurse & says: “What the Hell is that”.

    He digs a bit more & repeats: “What the Hell is that”.

    I’ve know the guy about 40 years so I know he’s seen about everything there is to see.

    It reminded me of the Steve Martin SNL skit: “What the Hell is that” LOL:)

    Back on topic, CNN, MSNBC, MSM, etc., ratings are in the toilet, Prez “Pez Head” Morgan is long gone because of his Anti-American/Anti-2nd amd stand & you Socialist Utopian dreamers are going to now double down & come back for another bite of that Apple. Really? LOL:)

    LOL:) Oh well, I still believe in your 1st amd Rights. Fire your best double barrel. Carry on.

  11. RTC says:

    Well, I guess that would cut down on arguments about when it’s time for bed, won’t it. And broccoli might start tasting a little better.

    Of course, Brenna might have trouble lining up a date for prom.

    I want to see a couple of books entitled, My Two Daddies Open Carry and My Two Mommies Open Carry. See how they feel about that!

  12. RTC says:

    Let the blind carry guns? What could possibly go wrong.

    Personally, I’d let them drive cars first before trusting them with loaded weapons.

  13. Anonymously Yours says:

    Some folks are just nuts…. There’s a time and place for everything….

  14. Oky1 says:

    **Anonymously Yours says:
    August 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Some folks are just nuts…. There’s a time and place for everything….
    **

    I know exactly what you mean.

    With many people they are so brain damaged the will gladly/willfully load themselves on to the train to the Nazi type Death Camps as we all witness here on a daily basis.

    I’m not sure what kind of Dope their on but I can tell they need to find a new Dealer!

  15. pete says:

    The title for my new children’s book, “My Two Dads Open Carry”.

  16. Oky1 says:

    Or the Title to the Best Seller Book could be: I Kinda feel Sorry For that Ignorant Criminal B*stard But Better Him then My Family or Friends!

    Gnite.

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