If you grew up reading classic fairy tales, the NRA thinks you missed out on learning some valuable lessons. So they’ve taken it upon themselves to rewrite the classics….only this time the children in the stories get to use guns.
The wonderful land of make-believe and fairy tales is one of the last places I expect to find deadly firearms….especially in the hands of innocent young children….but apparently the National Rifle Association sees it differently. Because the NRA has a new series of rewritten classic children’s fairy tales published online that feature your favorite characters packing heat.
So far they have released two of these new versions of the children’s stories on their NRA Family website:
As you can imagine, these new stories are outraging people who advocate for gun safety…along with most sane parents. But the author of these new stories, Amelia Hamilton, is calling them lessons in gun safety. Clearly she doesn’t have a firm grasp on reality.
Let’s be real here. The reason the NRA is putting these fairy tales out is that they are marketing to children. Period.
These stories are a tool. It’s propaganda designed to bring in children and youth to be interested in purchasing and using guns. The message is that guns are fun. Guns are cool. And the earlier the NRA can get kids involved with guns the longer they can make money off of them. Ironically it also means the higher chance that those kids have of being shot and killed, but when has that ever concerned the NRA?
Nowhere in these stories is there talk of consequences of those guns. Nowhere in these stories is there talk of how many children are killed by guns every day in this country. Nowhere in these stories is there any mention of the dangers of the guns. If you were a child reading these stories, you would not only have no fear of the gun, but you would think it was something absolutely necessary for you to have and use.
Yes, there are lessons being taught here. But are these really the lessons we want our children learning?
From Hansel and Gretel….
““Let’s go a little deeper into the forest,” Hansel said, “and, if there is nothing more, we will go back home. Mother and father will be thrilled with what we’ve gotten.” Gretel agreed, and they continued walking, giving it one more try. Before long, they heard a rustling in the leaves, and slowly turned to see a magnificent 10-point buck drinking from a stream. Gretel readied her rifle and fired.”
“Her training had paid off, for she was able to bring the buck down instantly with a single shot.”
From Little Red Riding Hood….
“The wolf leaned in, jaws open wide, then stopped suddenly. Those big ears heard the unmistakable sound of a shotgun’s safety being clicked off. Those big eyes looked down and saw that grandma had a scattergun aimed right at him. He realized that Grandmother hadn’t been backing away from him; she had been moving towards her shotgun to protect herself and her home.
“I don’t think I’ll be eaten today,” said Grandma, “and you won’t be eating anyone again.” Grandma kept her gun trained on the wolf, who was too scared to move. Before long, he heard a familiar voice call “Grandmother, I’m here!” Red peeked her head in the door. The wolf couldn’t believe his luck—he had come across two capable ladies in the same day, and they were related! Oh, how he hated when families learned how to protect themselves.”