Editorial: Toylike guns legal, but should they be?

Editorial: Toylike guns legal, but should they be?

All Americans should want to reduce shootings among kids, so why did a Utah-based company create a Lego gun? It’s a stupid, horrifying idea. Guns are not toys, so it is baffling and disturbing that a gun would be made to look like a toy. We are referring to the Block 19, a gun kit that sparked an uproar and, thankfully, has been disassembled. The basic idea from Utah-based Culper Precision was to allow gun owners to snap Lego blocks onto the model and create their own design. Or as Culper Precision posted on its Instagram page: “Here’s one of those childhood dreams coming to life, the Block 19 prototype, yes you can actually build Legos onto it.” To be clear: This has nothing to do with the Lego company, which asked Culper Precision to drop the Block 19. But we think it’s important to dwell on this horrifying idea. Why would anyone — even the biggest supporters of Second Amendment rights — want to create a gun that looks like a toy? In 2020, more than 5,000 children were shot with a gun, according to the Gun Violence Archive. This includes 299 children 11 and younger who were killed; 1,075 children ages 12 through 17 were also shot and killed. The nation has taken a number of steps to ensure toy guns don’t look like real guns, so it’s a bit stunning to think states and the federal government may need to consider legislation to ensure real guns […]

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