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The Utah gun company has stopped selling LEGO-themed pistol kits after facing fierce public backlash and demands from Danish toy makers to remove products. With the colorful “Block 19” pistol kit, owners could have used Lego blocks to create their own sights and designs on the slides of the Glock 19 pistol.
For Culper Precision Revealed the design In late June, the company said: “This is one of my childhood dreams, a prototype of Block 19. You can actually build Lego,” the company said the kit retailed for about $ 600.
However, Block 19 quickly evoked a violent reaction. Some within the gunowner community have said that brightly colored pistols have fed supporters of gun control.
“This is really the most irresponsible gun modification I’ve seen in a long time,” commented one. Gun blog He called it “the perfect feed for the people of” all towns for gun safety “.”
In fact, Everytown advocates take a very public position on toy-like pistols, and Shannon Watts, founder of the affiliate Moms Demand Action, said: Washington post Her first reaction when she saw the pistol was to think that it would “kill the children from illness.”
The Lego company also had problems with the idea of combining its venerable toy blocks with deadly weapons.
“We contacted [Culper] And they removed the product from their website and agreed not to manufacture or sell such things in the future. “
Culper has removed the pistol kit Product page, But it also defends the idea of making Lego guns.the company Say it was built Block 19 is “welcome, a gesture of friendship and inclusion,” especially for gun owners who avoid “tactical trousers” and “brabads.”
In Calper’s view, the gun is a “safe queen.” A unique or collectable gun term that the owner rarely fires and instead stores in a safe.
“No matter what we create in the firearms industry, anti-gunners take advantage of all the * true * innovations (block19 is not innovation, it’s a fun and safe queen) right after its release and why guns are bad. It sounds like they’re talking, “Culper said. Said.
The gun company also emphasized that all gun owners are responsible for keeping their guns safe and out of the reach of children, regardless of whether the weapon looks like a toy.
Moms Demand Action agrees with that and will explain it in more detail. Citing research on gun safety, the group said, “Gun owners should lock, unload, and store separately from ammunition in order to protect children from unintended shooting. Is. “
Advocates also say that Block 19 was created a year after the surge in deadly shootings involving children.
“Between March and December 2020, there was a 31 percent increase in deaths from unintended shootings by children of ourselves or others compared to the same period in 2019.” Mama Demand Action said.