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Controversial new children's book aims to teach kids about open carry of guns


A new children's book is out...and it's a little different than your typical fairytale. In My Parents Open Carry, a thirteen year old girl runs errands with her parents who carry their guns out in the open. In the midst of the current gun debate the book is getting a lot of attention.

Rebecca Bartol owns Femme Fatale, a gun shop in South Bend. She says she'd sell the children's book, My Parents Open Carry in a heartbeat.

"You need to have a responsible adult teach you about firearm safety from a young age so you understand it is something serious. It is a responsibility," Bartol said.

Co-author Brian Jeffs says he wrote the book as a way to talk about open carry...and it's not necessarily just for children.

"It was just a very generalized book on the ins and outs of the open carry...the movement that's taking place across the country," Jeffs said.

He says open carry's needed to fend off potential attackers. Commander of St. Joe County Metro Homicide, Tim Corbett, says a gun out in the open could encourage crime just as easily.

"If I'm a bad guy and I see someone standing around with a gun I know that person's a threat so if I'm bound and determined to do what criminal act I want to do I'm going to eliminate that threat," Commander Corbett said.

The story advertises itself as a girl's ordinary day turned into a "open carry adventure!". Some blogs mock the book, saying it would be "funny if it wasn't so horrifying". Jeff shrugs off the criticism.

"People have been carrying concealed for decades throughout the country and it's like as long as it's out of sight somehow that's safer or somehow that's better," Jeffs said.

Some parents I spoke to were concerned, though.

"It's more important to teach kids conflict management and anger resolution and impulse control. You know, teach them to get along with people so they don't even think about using a gun," Jaci Lamont, a mother, said.

The book is now listed as the number one best seller in a category called "Children's Government Books" on Amazon.


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