(RNN) – Amazon reviewers are known to crack wise from time to time, particularly when they encounter items they consider to be of questionable value.
The latest object of derision is a book designed to explain the open carry movement to young readers: My Parents Open Carry, written by Brian Jeffs and Nathan Nephew, illustrated by Lorna Bergman and available on Kindle.
“Come join 13-year-old Brenna Strong along with her mom, Bea, and her dad, Richard, as they spend a typical Saturday running errands and having fun together," the Amazon blurb reads. "What's not so typical is that Brenna's parents lawfully open carry handguns for self-defense.”
Jeffs and Nephew are also co-founders of Michigan Open Carry, Inc. and said they wrote the book because they didn't see any pro-gun children's tomes.
“My Parents Open Carry was written in the hope of providing a basic overview of the right to keep and bear arms, as well as the growing practice of the open carry of a handgun," the authors wrote. "We fear our children are being raised with a biased view of our constitution and especially in regards to the 2nd Amendment.”
Among the most helpful customer reviews cited by Amazon readers include one by Carol Baker: “I got really excited when I found out there was a sequel coming out for the really little ones: Goldilocks and the Three Open Carry Bears. SPOILER ALERT: This does not end well for the blonde moocher who commits a Breaking and Entering.”
Reviewer Merovie mockingly agreed that "only citizens with guns can protect themselves from government tyranny," adding, "because me and my buddies packing heat are definitely going to be a force to reckon with against a militarized police force armed with grenade launchers, armored vehicles, fully automatic rifles, and flying freaking robots outfitted with hellfire missiles that can take out a whole city block piloted by some dude who won the Grand Theft Auto tournament."
E. Dean provided a new wrinkle in his review: “Open Carry around the house breathes new credibility into the stale, old parental threat ‘I brought you into this world and I can take you out!'”
Some criticized the reviews as unhelpful and yet another example of a social media dogpile.
“Many of these reviewers see gun rights promoters as right wing conservatives and stereotype them as very nutty on many issues,” Jbeegoode said. “I would be described as a left wing progressive on most issues, and I support this book's effort and stance. Identifying with the herd, pointing a finger laughing and shouting 'Baaa-d, Baaa-d,' isn't a book review or useful.”
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