“Cellphone” handguns will cause more problems than they solve

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Jessica Bonacci , Opinion Editor

What do you get when you cross a cellphone with a gun? The answer is a tragedy waiting to happen.

NBC News reported that a company from Minnesota has developed a handgun that resembles a cellphone when folded up.

According to the company’s website, the pistol resembles a smartphone to “easily blend in with today’s environment.” The gun “in its locked position… will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight.”

The company, Ideal Conceal, wrote on its website that it is a necessity to carry a concealed pistol in today’s world.

That philosophy is a part of the problem in today’s world. We do not always need to have a weapon with us, especially one that can pass for an everyday object.

We need to abandon the idea that the only way to feel safe is to carry a gun. If this gun, especially, slips into the wrong hands, the consequences may be deadly.

Although the gun does have a safety, it is still a product that should not be made available to the public.

Since the gun is supposedly undetectable, it is scary to think of how many levels of security it can pass through.

Airport security is tough. But security at public events is not as extensive. A security guard doing a quick bag check at a local venue is likely to overlook what seems to be an innocent cell phone.

If an adult can mistake a gun for a phone, so can a child.

Children are curious. Imagine that one day a toddler wants to play with his parent’s phone.

The toddler sees what he thinks is a smartphone and grabs it. Little does he know that the phone is a gun.

The situation has the potential to take a deadly turn.

The creators advertise that “with one click of the safety it opens and is ready to fire.”

That description does not seem so safe.

We do not need civilians to carry guns, and we certainly should not have guns that look like cellphones.

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