This is a Smith and Wesson .44 magnum model 29, the hand cannon made popular by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry movies back in the day. Although the weapon was first manufactured in 1955, it is still considered one of the most powerful handgun in the world.
And this is the soon to be released iphone- 7, a pocket sized, multi-functional, mini computer that does just about everything, you can do with a lap or desktop computer! Why it’s still called a cell phones is beyond me. Making and receiving calls is is only one of a multitude of of tasks you can perform with today’s smart phones. The iphone 7 is Apple’s latest entry in the battle of the cell phones.
Now let me ask you, do these two items look similar to you? Would you ever mistake a cellphone for a handgun or vice-versa? No I don’t think so. It’s quite apparent that these two items are as different as night and day. Other than being hand-held and operated by the use of a finger(s), they are nothing alike, not even remotely. They each have a purpose all their own. One shoots bullets that kill and the other shoots killer photos. You cant talk, text or take pictures with a handgun and you can’t kill anyone with a cellphone. They don’t resemble one another and that’s the way it should stay, but then I am just a single voice in a rapidly changing, highly technological society, what do I know?
Now look at this photo. Looks like a cell phone right? At a glance it you’d think it was one but it’s not. This my friends is the newest member of the handgun family. Seems a team of highly imaginative engineers at a company called Ideal Concepts have come up with the perfect way to carry a concealed weapon on your person, in a handbag or clipped to your belt. They’ve taken the fire power of a handgun and the the size and appearance of a smartphone and created this new weapon that virtually hides in plain sight. With a single click it transforms into a double barreled 38 handgun. It will be on the market later this year and sell for $395. Already about 2500 people have contacted the company and expressed interest in buying one.
Although its designers say it is perfectly safe and impossible to fire in the closed position, this weapon and others like it are a major cause for concern for police officers who are already in harms way. From a distance how will an officer or anyone for that matter, know if the smart phone a suspect is holding is actually a smart phone or a lethal handgun? Aren’t things bad enough already? Do we really need a whole array of lethal weapons that hide in plain sight? I for one don’t think so.
Now don’t get me wrong, I strongly believe in the rights guaranteed to us by the second amendment. Hell, I’m a gun owner! But I believe a gun should look like a gun. I’m sorry but any lethal weapon that can be disguised to look like something as safe as a cell phone or some other non lethal item has no place in our society.
This is not the first small folding firearm available for purchase in the U.S. but the others still look like guns when folded. The Ideal Concepts version is specifically designed not to look like a gun when folded. I tell you friends this new weapon will only makes things worse. We all know there are those who will purchase a weapon like this for use in criminal acts or simply for self protection because it will be so difficult to detect. Will this open the door for a whole new line of ‘hide in plain sight’ weaponry? Only time will tell. One thing is certain, this new product will definitely give a whole new meaning to the term ‘concealed carry’.