Lego was prepared to pull the trigger against US gun company Culper Precision which introduced a Glock pistol that looks like it is covered in Lego bricks.
“We built Block19 to create an opportunity to talk about the enjoyment of the shooting sports and the joy that can only be found in marksmanship practice and training,” Utah-based Culper Precision says on its website.
“It seems that no matter what we create in the firearms industry anti-gunners seem to leverage every *true* innovation shortly after its release to talk about why guns are bad.”
Lego wrote the company demanding it stop producing the pistol after hearing outrage from gun control activists who described the weapon as irresponsible and dangerous.
Culper Precision’s president, Brandon Scott, told the Washington Post a lawyer told him the Danish toymaker might have a case if he kept offering the Block19. He decided to comply.
According to a BBC report, it is illegal in the US to produce a children’s toy that precisely resembles a real gun, but laws do not explicitly prevent manufacturers from making a gun that resembles a toy.
The U.S. has witnessed 351 mass shootings in 40 different states (and Washington D.C.) in the 194 days of 2021.— Gun Violence Archive (@GunDeaths) July 13, 2021
To put that in perspective, the country had 292 by this date last year.https://t.co/CTud80aRaB pic.twitter.com/GuAx2XmKDk
There has been an alarming uptick in mass shootings in the US in 2021. The Gun Violence Archive began collecting data on such incidents in 2014 — and defines a mass shooting as one in which at least four people are injured or killed excluding the shooter.