Air rifles are weapons which replicate the look of real weapons. Designed for collectors, the players of war games, sport shooting and hunting – air rifles can be found in spring powered, gas powered and battery operated power formats. Air rifles are not considered as firearms in most state because it is far harmless compared to the real counterparts.
Are Air Rifles Dangerous?
A word of caution at this point, although air rifles are relatively less dangerous than their counterparts, they too can be dangerous if used at close distance, hence extreme caution should be exercised while using them. Furthermore pellet guns used for hunting have a high muzzle velocity and the pellets used have deeper penetrating capacity making them quite dangerous. But with a bit of caution and a lot of care, anyone can use these air rifles to have fun and have a great adventure. Come to think of it, it is not the air rifle or any weapon for that matter that causes danger, it is typically harmless. The danger lies with the user. An air rifle used for the right reasons and the right venue can harm no one – but when used for any wrong reasons, they can be detrimental to anyone.
Should Government Ban or Control Air Rifles instead?
Many people criticize the use of air rifles because they look real. The realism is important when discussing whether the government should ban this kind of weapons. Using air rifles beyond its specific use have serious repercussions. However, some countries allow air rifles as long as it is within the one joule limit. According to their firearm law, an air rifle over the one joule limit can penetrate an eyeball and it potentially dangerous. So if you ask me if the government should ban the use of air rifles? I would say no. The government should not ban air rifles because it hinders human rights to be free to engage in activities for entertainment, training and learning. The government should instead control the use of air rifles by creating laws that will require a person to undergo trainings and seminars on how to properly use an air rifle, proper shooting etiquette and the like before obtaining a permit to purchase and own an air rifle. Moreover, a psychological and emotional examination should be taken to further assess if a person is mentally and emotionally stable to handle and use an air rifle or any firearm for that matter. The government should also partake in providing venues that will allow the use of air rifles for recreational and training purposes. These are some suggestions that a government can do rather than banning the use of air rifles.
Like what I have stated in the previous paragraph, an air rifle or any firearm is harmless, what make it potentially dangerous are the users of these weapons. It is not just the government’s responsibility to prevent the dangers and hazards of any weapon bring, but the primary responsibility lies with the users.