The NRA has suggested that putting guns into the hands of children is a good idea by publishing “Little Red Riding Hood (Has a Gun)” -- a modified fairytale that depicts an armed Red and her armed grandmother successfully defending themselves against the Big Bad Wolf.
The NRA Family site notes that the story, published last week, is just the first in a series of reimagined fairytales by author Amelia Hamilton, and promises that there are more revamped, gun-heavy classics to come.
Curiously, the Big Bad Wolf himself -- who is obviously a career criminal, if you’re to believe fairytale canon -- is not armed in this version of the tale. In the new version, Granny has plenty of time to slowly back up and grab her shotgun, but the NRA doesn’t explore what would happen if the Big Bad Wolf showed up at the door wielding a firearm himself. (And before you say wolves can’t shoot or obtain guns, this is a wolf who can speak perfect English and semi-convincingly impersonate a human, so in this fantasy NRA world there’s no reason to believe he wouldn’t be able to get his paws on a firearm.)
Many were quick to point out that Little Red Riding Hood is far from the only fairytale that could have ended WILDLY differently if more guns had been involved. Using the hashtag #NRAFairyTales, people explored the many possibilities on Twitter.
We won’t hold our breath for the NRA Family website to run those versions.
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