Now, in the stories reimagined by America’s largest and powerful gun-rights lobbyist, those youngsters are packing heat and – needless to say – are seamlessly transformed from hapless victims to heroic survivors.
The National Rifle Association’s twist on the classic tales has sparked outcry, with gun-control activists claiming it is a outrageous marketing stunt. The #NRA, meanwhile, has defended the tales posted on its “family website”.
“Most of us probably grew up having fairy tales read to us as we drifted off to sleep. But how many times have you thought back and realised just how, well, grim some of them are,” says an editor’s note attached to the stories.
“Have you ever wondered what those same fairy tales might sound like if the hapless Red Riding Hoods, Hansels and Gretels had been taught about gun safety and how to use firearms?”