Open Carry Advocates Find Niche For Pro-Gun Children’s Book

"My Parents Open Carry" is a children's book aimed at educating kids about the Second Amendment and self-defense.
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Two open-carry advocates have teamed up to write “My Parents Open Carry,” a children’s book aimed at educating kids about the Second Amendment and self-defense.

“Before writing this, we looked for pro-gun children’s books and couldn’t find any,” authors Brian Jeffs and Nathan Nephew, co-founders of Michigan Open Carry, wrote on the book’s promotional website. “Our 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.”

According to the website, the book follows “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.” All the while, Strong’s parents are openly carrying handguns for self-defense.

Here’s an example of one interaction that takes place in the book between the Strong family and some teenagers at the mall who are curious about their guns:

The boy asked them why they carry their handguns out in the open. “That’s a good question,” said Mr. Strong. “There are many reasons. Open carry can deter crime, it’s a faster draw, and it’s more comfortable in the summer when we wear light clothing. It also brings gun ownership out of the closet and into the mainstream and shows the public that good people keep and bear arms.”

Print copies of the book are available for $9.95 and PDF copies are available for $3.95.

View the cover below:

Images via My Parents Open Carry

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