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NRA adds guns, happier endings to famous fairy tales
What's the moral of a reimagined children's story from the NRA? That fairy tales and life are better with guns. - photo by Chandra Johnson
Once upon a time, Hansel and Gretel were abandoned in a forest, where they were caputred by an evil witch in a gingerbread house who wanted to eat them.

That is, unless they'd been packin' heat.

That new wrinkle in an old classic was brought to the Internet this month from the National Rifle Association, which has reimagined classic fairy tales with guns in them, it says, to promote safety and eliminate stigma around responsible gun use and ownership.

Unsurprisingly, events shake out a little different for the characters in the NRA's pair of new stories published so far "Hansel and Gretel (Have Guns)" and "Little Red Riding Hood (Has a Gun)."

In the former, Hansel and Gretel far from being abandoned in a forest by their starving parents are out hunting responsibly to help feed their family when they wind up rescuing two other, unarmed children from the legendary cannabalistic witch.

In the latter, Red Riding Hood leaves for granny's house with the requisite cape and basket of goodies, plus one rifle in tow. Needless to say, neither she nor granny are tolerating any untoward moves from the Big Bad Wolf this time around.

Not everyone is resting easy with the NRA's happy endings, however. Washington-based anti-gun group Coalition to Stop Gun Violence condemned the stories, saying on its Facebook page that the stories represented a "degenerate culture that corrupts children and encourages the them to take on significant and unnecessary risks."

Others, like the Huffington Post, scoffed at the NRA's hired author, Amelia Hamilton who hinted to CBS about the next possible installment, "The Three Little Pigs" saying the stories overlooked the potential for accidents where children are allowed to have guns, proper training or no.

"Were guessing she wont be working the greatly increased likelihood one of the little piggies would have died from gun violence had they kept a weapon in the house into her NRA-themed tale," the Huffington Post reported. "Letting those grim statistics in might blow that whole house of straw down."
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