What happens when Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert mock a children’s book focused on gun safety? It becomes an international bestseller, of course. On Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program, Glenn spoke to authors and Michigan Open Carry, Inc. co-founders Brian Jeffs and Nathan Nephew about their overnight sensation, My Parents Open Carry.
“They have played Santa Claus and ‘Book Jesus’ for you guys,” Glenn said to Jeffs and Nephew of Maher and Colbert. “They really worked miracles for this book.”
Ironically, the My Parents Open Carry is not actually a new book. Jeffs and Nephew explained they came up with the idea for the book a few years ago, and it was published soon after. It had remained relatively under the radar until Maher stumbled across it last week and chose to highlight it on his HBO program Real Time with Bill Maher. Colbert followed suit, and the rest is history.
“It’s been out for a few years,” Jeffs said. “But since that Bill Maher and Colbert thing, we’re getting interviews around the world. I mean, Germany, Australia, China ran a story on it.”
The book, which offers a day in the life of 13-year-old Brenna Strong as she travels with her parent’s who “lawfully open carry handguns for self-defense,” has rocketed up the Amazon bestseller list. My Parents Open Carry is now number one on the ‘Children’s Government Books’ list and comes in at number 414 for all books on Amazon.
As Glenn explained, the content of the book is quite detailed. Jeffs and Nephew said they recommend it for ages 12 and up – though they have heard from parents who have read the book to children as young as 5.
“Nobody is too young to learn about the Second Amendment, and rights, and self defense,” Jeffs said.
Ultimately, through the book and their non-profit – Michigan Open Carry, Inc. – the men hope to “bring gun ownership out of the closet” and educate people on the realities of open carry.
You can learn more about My Parents Open Carry HERE.