Us gun maker unveils’ kids’ version of assault rifle: shame

2022-05-13 0 By

An American gun manufacturer has designed an assault rifle for children, inspired by the ar-15, a lethal weapon known as the “American Rifle”, according to the Independent and the Daily Star.The Illinois-based gun maker has dubbed its children’s assault rifle “JR-15,” which is 20 percent smaller than the AR-15, weighs 2.3 pounds and costs $389, the report said.The small rifle can be “operated like mom or Dad’s gun,” the company says.The JR-15 rifle drew intense criticism from anti-gun violence groups after it was unveiled earlier this month at an annual trade show sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.”At first glance, it’s a tall joke,” said Josh Sugarman, executive director of the Violence Policy Center, which advocates for gun control.Watch it again, it’s just ridiculous.””In the midst of a mass shooting in which 20 first-graders and six faculty members were killed, the National Shooting Sports Foundation relentlessly promotes a kids’ version of an assault rifle,” the Newtown Action Coalition, an anti-gun violence coalition, said in a statement.These gun manufacturers, in pursuit of sustained profits, will do anything.”Kathryn Sands, president of One Aim Illinois, a non-profit group that campaigns against gun violence, said the marketing of assault rifles not only brings shame to Illinois, but has the potential to “increase the threat to the lives of children across America”.In recent years, the United States has been flooded with guns and the problem of gun violence has been worsening.In 2021, 44,868 Americans died as a result of gun violence, a 32 percent spike in incidents, according to the website of the GUN Violence Archive, a US non-profit organization.According to the CENTERS for Disease Control and Prevention, the gun death rate for children 14 and younger in the United States increased by nearly 50 percent from the end of 2019 to the end of 2020.(Zhang Min, Overseas Network)