A Tennessee man applied to the state for a handgun permit and received a spoof letter by his parents that was posted on Reddit by a friend. The letter has since gone viral with over 22,000 upvotes and more than 740 comments.
In the note, his parents pretend to be officials of the state of Tennessee and deny him the gun. It's a rather comical and touching letter that points to the innocence of their son, while noting that he once made an appearance on the PBS show "Reading Rainbow," in which he was "just too adorable."
See below for the full letter:
Dear Mr. _____
We regret to inform you that we are not able to approve your hand-gun carry permit in the State of Tennessee at this time. In doing your background screening, we happened upon a certain item in your past that will not allow us to proceed in the processing of your application.
It appears that during the time period of 1999, you were on a program hosted by Lavar Burton called "Reading Rainbow." We have reviewed the taped version of the television program in which you appeared, and we have deemed that you were just too adorable back then to allow you to carry a weapon now.
We also spoke with your mother, and she just said "no", so that was the end of it.
We encourage you to apply for a marshmallow gun carrying permit. They are extremely easy to acquire. But in your case (with the history of appearing on PBS), you might want to attend a 72 hour training course offered at your local police department. You will be required to bring your own gun for this marshmallow training.
Officer Claude Feltersnatch