As happens so often, the loudest critics of a thing wind up being the ones who popularize it the most. This phenomenon happened last week when Bill Maher – a man who is somehow still on the air more than a decade after he praised the 9/11 hijackers barbour international jacketfor their bravery – produced a segment mocking a new children’s book about the right to open carry. The book, entitled My Parents Open Carry, is about a 13-year-old girl’s typical day going shopping with her parents. The only difference is that her parents are both packing heat.
Naturally, a book like this opens itself to not just laughter but also controversy. It has also proven to be a big hit amongst gun-rights activists, especially after being featured on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Suddenly the book, which had been languishing in Amazon’s midlist for two years, found an explosive new audience. Say what you will about the content of the book itself, but it’s certainly rare to see a hot-button issue like gun rights tackled in such a format. Children’s books have covered constitutional rights across the board, but not many of them have been bold enough to embrace ralph lauren outlet ukthe 2nd Amendment.
The reasons for this literary hesitance are easy enough to understand. No one wants to be accused of promoting gun use to kids. At the same time, however, it’s funny to see liberals advocate for the most graphic sexual education possible in schools while simultaneously criticizing a book like My Parents Open Carry. Conservatives aren’t pushing for gun education in public schools. Although…maybe it wouldn’t be the worst idea.
The co-authors of the book, Brian Jeffs and Nathan Nephew, aren’t just storytellers. Before writing My Parents Open Carry, the duo founded nonprofit group Michigan Open Carry, Inc. Though it’s hard to believe just five years later, the concept of open canada goose expedition parka carry was not well understood in 2009 when the group was formed. The authors managed to spread the word about open carry in their home state, and they decided to write the children’s book as a way of spreading that message across the country.
It’s hardly surprising that the book’s message has been met with mixed reviews. Gun rights advocates have praised the book while the anti-gunners have condemned it as propaganda. Like everything else surrounding the issue of guns in America, these two extremes can rarely find common ground.
It’s a sad situation because common ground is exactly what most Americans share when it comes to the issue of guns and gun control. There are extremists who want to be able to sling an M-16 over their shoulder before boarding a plane and there are extremists who want everyone who owns a gun thrown in prison. Most ofcanada goose expedition parka us occupy an expansive middle ground. Books that can present today’s gun issues in an educational fashion can only be a good thing in that climate.