PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – As the saying goes, any publicity is good publicity.
A new children’s book has taken the media by storm, but not necessarily in a positive way.
Critics complain the book, “My Parents Open Carry,” teaches children about “adult issues.” Opponents of the book fear it will do harm to developing child.
Co-authors Nathan Nephew and Brian Jeffs met in Michigan and soon created the non-profit group, “Michigan Open Carry.” They were continuously asked the same questions over and over again, so they decided to write a book with the answers. It became a children’s book when they realized there was no youth book that addressed the issue of the Second Amendment.
Jeffs says the family in the book is a responsible, gun-owning family who go about their day and interact with people asking the same questions the authors have been asked. He adds the book explains issues like safe gun storage, self-defense, safe gun handling, the pros and cons of gun control, the Second Amendment and militia.
The authors say police cannot always be everywhere at a moments notice and that’s why they believe families sometimes may need to protect themselves. Jeffs says that could mean using a gun. They say they believe that children should be informed rather than led blindly by their parents.
“A lot of Socialist philosophies say, ya know, when you control the child’s mind, ya know, you control the people,” said Jeffs. “So, ya know, what you teach children through their most vulnerable years, kindergarten and up, you can manipulate them to think anything. It’s amazing that kids are coming out of high school today, and have no idea not only about the Second Amendment, but any of the rights in the Constitution.”
Since the recent negative publicity, sales have skyrocketed. Jeffs jokes that everyone should buy a book and donate it to their local library or school. The book is targeted for children 12 and up, but he believes that kids even 10-years-old could benefit from this book.