A while ago, California legislators created a bill that would place major restrictions on BB guns. Normally, we at Guns.com are against gun control in all forms, but this time we have to begrudgingly agree. Nerf guns, bb guns, and other “non-lethal” weapons are much more dangerous than we had ever imagined, and we have the video to prove it. Once this Nerf gun demonstration catches on, it’s pretty much inevitable that airsoft weapons will be banned throughout the U.S.
(In this video, the gun mod starts at 1:38. The demonstration of the modded Nerf gun starts at 3:10.)
Chilling, isn’t it? Just imagine: your children could be the next victims of a fatal Nerf gun accident. What makes matters worse is that this modification is so simple that six-year-olds can figure out how to do it. This is one instance where even staunch gun rights advocates will have to agree: airsoft weapons have gone too far.
We’ve probably got a few days before mainstream media catches wind of this story and makes it international news. In the meanwhile, we can discuss the future or airsoft-control legislation and figure out what needs to be done. We can all agree that we need to keep dangerous guns like these out of the hands of children, but where do we draw the line?
In all seriousness, exactly how dangerous does an airsoft or nerf gun have to be before it becomes too dangerous for children? On one end of the extreme spectrum you have parents who earnestly believe that children should start firearm training early. Over on the other end, you’ve got parents who get uneasy when their kids build fake guns out of Legos. A lot of people fall somewhere in between.
In any event, we can take preventative measures to make sure that a similar Nerf gun homicide doesn’t happen again. Hopefully, somebody will start up Nerf gun safety training courses in schools throughout America. As long as Nerf guns and other airsoft weapons are on the shelves in the toy aisle, it’s important that we take the time to teach children Nerf gun safety.
- Treat all Nerf guns as if they have been pumped.
- Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to annoy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
- Always be sure that your target will not catch your projectiles and put them in his pocket out of spite.