What kind of thinking comes up with the iPhone Gun?
I read this story in shock and despair: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/police-on-alert-for-handgun-that-looks-like-an-iphone-bhw2v2rm3?shareToken=9f74399f38d507276acc49cded138497
It’s bad enough that someone (Kirk Kjellberg, CEO of a Minnesota-based company called Ideal Conceal) thinks that it’s a neat idea to create a gun that can’t easily be distinguished from a mobile phone. But there are at least two things that worry me even more deeply:
Firstly is the thinking behind its coming into being. According to the article, “Kjellberg … said that the idea came to him after a child in a restaurant saw his own gun, which was not concealed, and became frightened. “There are some people that would take serious issue in the workplace or somewhere else to see a gun on you, and I think it gives people the opportunity to avoid that conversation,” he said last year.”
Surely a sane person would realise that the best way to “avoid that conversation” is not to wear a gun in the first place. What kind of individual, I wonder, sees a child frightened by a gun visible in public, and thinks that the best solution is to disguise the gun as something else?
Secondly, this gun “is not classed as a “disguised weapon” in the US and is therefore legal, is designed to be carried in a purse, back pocket or worn in a phone holder on a belt, to be quickly opened and instantly ready to fire with a hammerless action.”
What kind of thinking assesses a gun that looks like an iPhone as “not disguised”?
Lastly I despair of the attitude evinced by its manufacturer: “In today’s day and age, carrying a concealed pistol has become a necessity,” said the online sales pitch. Ideal Conceal has already taken 12,000 orders.
How desperate is a societal view that drives this kind of thinking?