Friday, April 8, 2016

Fairy Tale Fridays: NRA Rewrites Fairy Tales With More Firearms, Less Bloodshed

Well here's something I didn't see coming - the NRA has begun rewriting fairy tales, according to a story from NPR. In their versions, of course, the victims in the original tales are now armed to protect themselves.

"Adding guns to the world of the Brothers Grimm drastically reduces death rates, according to a study — well, OK, according to a couple of stories published by the NRA.

So far, there are only two data points. And they're imaginary. But the trendline is clear: In the NRA's reimagined fairy tales, putting rifles in the hands of children creates a safer world.

The NRA Family site published its first reimagined fairy tale — "Little Red Riding Hood (Has A Gun)" in January, and followed up with "Hansel and Gretel (Have Guns)" last week.

On Twitter, inspired by the series, a few people have been inventing their own #NRAfairytales, imagining tales that begin with "once upon a time" and end with a bang.

Maybe they'll inspire some other advocacy and lobbying groups to defang disturbing fairy tales.

Will the pharmaceutical industry take the bite out of Snow White's poisoned apple? Will PETA soothe the angst of the Boy Who Cried Wolf, when the townspeople realize the joys of an animal-free life and set loose their sheep? Will agribusiness harness Jack's beanstalk?

The NRA series has inspired some criticism, as The Washington Post has noted: Gun control advocacy groups have decried it for advancing gun culture. Gun rights advocates, meanwhile, have mocked liberal objections to the stories, pointing to the sheer horror of the original tales.

But the NRA is pretty clear about its own intent: The stories are tagged "Fun Friday" and "Just for fun" on the site."

Hmmm - not sure this is quite the retelling I'm interested in reading.


  1. I had to recheck the date of your post to make sure it wasn't an April Fool's post!

  2. Oh heavens. I don't even know what to say. I don't imagine I will be reading these any time soon.

  3. Crap. This is real? I thought this was an April Fool's joke!!