A gun rights book called My Parents Open Carry has suddenly become popular due to being criticized by Stephen Colbert on his famous comedy show. But the authors claim the book should be taken seriously and they claim today’s youth need to know about their Second Amendment rights and self defense.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Florida’s gun control laws have been a contentious subject ever since the George Zimmerman trial brought the Stand Your Ground laws into focus. The civil rights movement led by the NAACP is now claiming gun control has become a civil rights issue and are working to institute so-called Trayvon Martin gun control laws. But children have been stuck in the political crossfire since even doctors are claiming a gun rights law prevents children’s doctors from discussing gun safety with parents.
Stephen Colbert is known for parodying a satirical rendition of what a conservative is supposed to be on The Colbert Report. When it came time to discuss My Parents Open Carry, his comedy routine was just dripping with sarcasm:
“What a beautiful bedtime story. The world is full of maniacs who want to hurt you and the police can’t help. Goodnight, honey!”
Bill Maher also criticized the gun rights book on his own show and a gun control advocacy group called Parents Against Gun Violence released this statement:
“While we strongly support providing children with information that will protect them from gun violence, this book crosses the line from information into the realm of indoctrination. We welcome material that makes children safer from gun violence, but this book is not it.”
Brian Jeffs and Nathan Nephew wrote My Parents Open Carry in 2011. However, it’s just now become famous because of Maher and Colbert. They even say that “Germany, Australia, and China ran a story on it” and the book soared high on the Amazon bookseller list.
Jeffs says the book is intended for kids 12 years old and up, although they’ve had positive messages from parents reading it to 5-year-old children. Jeffs believes it’s never too young to start learning about guns rights in relation to gun control:
“Nobody’s too young to learn about the Second Amendment and rights and self-defense. We really wanted it as a platform, a place to start with a discussion about gun safety, gun rights, the Second Amendment. All of those things are covered in this book. It’s not just about open carry.”
His co-author Nephew hopes My Parents Open Carry will “bring gun ownership out of the closet” and believes it isn’t wise to treat the subjects of gun rights and gun control so fearfully since “more people than you could imagine are carrying guns right now.”