US gun company Culper Precision has created a pistol that looks like it’s made out of LEGO. Unsurprisingly, it has caused outrage and upset.
I’m sure you’ve noticed the giant article headline image above. Looks a whole lot like something from a six-year-old’s toy box, right?
Despite the colourful and somewhat playful appearance of the new ‘Block19’, it is in fact a very real firearm that was – until recently – available to purchase from US gun manufacture Culper Precision’s website.
While there are currently laws in the US to prevent toy manufacturers from creating products resembling real weaponry, there is no such law to stop companies producing real guns that look like toys.
Gun control campaigners have described the ‘Block19’ as ‘irresponsible and dangerous’. It’s worth noting that accidents involving both firearms and children are on the rise in the US, with over 140 people killed last year as a result of incorrect use of weapons.
The gun is no longer available to buy and LEGO has reportedly sent a ‘cease and desist’ letter demanding a halt to the production of the ‘Block19’.
The fact this thing exists at all is concerning in itself, however, and once again calls into question current US gun laws and ease of access to high-grade weapons.
This has been a huge issue for many years and the conversation around gun laws has been making headlines since Obama was in office six years ago.
Many call for more routine and thorough universal gun checks and school shootings continue to occur on a near monthly basis. Almost 40,000 Americans die each year from gun violence.