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.”
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)