Pink guns simply a bad idea

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By Ralph Damiani

Accidental shootings are a major problem in this country. Thousands are injured each year by gun mishaps – with too many deaths.Guns not properly locked up, guns not kept away from children are major causes of this tragedy.So a recent movement nationally – and in New Mexico – toward colored guns is frankly disturbing.Guns are not toys.But it seems that some gun owners are forgoing traditional gunmetal blue, black and nickel-plated guns and choosing their rosy-colored counterparts, according to an Associated Press report.Pink guns have gained popularity across the United States, and Lea County is no exception. Stores in Hobbs have seen an increase in demand for the unconventional gun color.While we believe in one’s right to own a gun – and in New Mexico you can take a class and legally own a concealed weapon – we think you cross the line when you start treating the weapon as accessory to your outfit.Because of the color, some are concerned of safety issues with pink guns. Children may confuse a real pink handgun with a toy gun because of its appearance.Supporters of the pink weapon say that most toy gun manufacturers have added a small red tip at the end of the barrel of toy guns. The red tip is to help distinguish real guns from toy guys.But that seems like a distinction that children will not readily make.

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