There are a lot of things to love about the whole open carry movement. For one thing, the fervent belief that firearms should be carried by all people at all times has translated to some, shall we say, interesting moments in daily life.
Open carry proponents have showed up at restaurants and stores and on street corners to tote their weapons in public, all while wearing smiles and acting as friendly as Ned Flanders. Yes, the movement has also led to some awkward incidents like the time Open Carry Texas members planned to march through the Fifth Ward, which would have translated, at least optics-wise, to a bunch of white guys with guns marching through a historically black neighborhood. Then there were the times that Target and Chili's and Starbucks and Chipotle asked those who openly carry their weapons to please refrain from doing so in their stores.
But the thing that is most striking about the open carry folks is how much they don't care what people think, how convinced they are that their way is the right way and that those not comfortable with their guns are just "uninformed." Nowhere is this narrow-as-a-gun-barrel on view of the world as prominently on display as in the children's book, My Parents Open Carry: An Open Carry Adventure.
The book, written by a couple of guys from Open Carry Michigan, is probably going to go down in the annals of literary history alongside Ted Cruz, the coloring book, and all the other children's books ever concocted as another way of advancing political arguments at a truly grass roots level. It's great because the authors of My Parents Open Carry don't give a dang what anyone thinks, which sure makes for some entertaining reading. They even put blurbs of praise from both Glenn Beck AND Stephen Colbert on the back of their book.
So let's go over some of the life lessons contained in the pages of My Parents Open Carry.More »