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In the United States, a gun intended for children creates controversy

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It is the first of many guns that will help adults introduce children to safe shooting practiceaccording to the company WEE1 Tactical, which describes on its website a rifle like mom and dad’s weapon.

The JR-15 (for Junior) is 80 cm long and weighs less than a kilo. Comes with magazines of 5 or 10 rounds of 22 caliber, it went on sale in mid-January at a price of 389 dollars.

The adult model, the AR-15, is the civilian version of a military-style weapon that was used in a series of killings, including school killings, that shocked the United States.

Shootings are a recurring scourge in the United States where the right to own weapons is guaranteed by the Constitution. Attempts to regulate their sale are often blocked in the United States Congress, where the powerful arms lobby National Rifle Association exerts a strong influence.

On December 14, 2012, an unbalanced young man killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a tragedy that had a profound impact on public opinion.

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The AR-15 was also used in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, the deadliest in recent history in the country with 58 deaths, or that of Parkland High School in Florida, which left 17 dead in 2018.

Grotesque

At first glance, it looks like a grotesque farce. On closer inspection, it’s just grotesquecommented Friday Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the organization Violence Policy Center, which fights against gun violence.

The Newtown Action Alliance, an association in favor of the control of the weapons condemned the lobby of the weapons and the manufacturers which make everything to continue to collect [profits].

Josh Sugarmann castigated the imagery used by the manufacturer to attract young customers: a pirate skull with an Iroquois haircut for boys and blond duvets for girls, a pacifier in their mouths.

In his report on the methods of American arms manufacturers to attract young people, published in 2016, he denounced weapons painted with bright colors – pink, red, orange or metallic purple – appreciated by young audiences, and lighter to handle .

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In 2021, guns killed nearly 45,000 people in the United States, including about 24,000 suicides, and more than 1,500 minors were killed, according to the organization Gun Violence Archive.

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