The following was written entirely by Leon Harris for publication on this blog.
You may have heard the recent news story about Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords. She was shot (along with several other bystanders) while making a public appearance in Tucson just a few short weeks ago. The gun in question: a Glock. While many are quick to say that such a powerful handgun should be blacklisted on the American market, they are probably not aware of just how prevalent this gun is in our culture. In fact, the Glock 9mm is one of the most popular handguns in circulation today, owned not only by private citizens, but considered the preferred firearm of police officers across the country. There’s no denying that this gun has mass appeal, and when you look at the particulars, it’s easy to see why.
The company that makes this gun is located in Austria, but even gun enthusiasts that support locally-made products will likely find this firearm attractive. Not only is the weapon semi-automatic (making it legal to own and a lot of fun to fire), it is also lightweight and extremely reliable. Made from composite plastic, Glocks are much lighter and easier to handle than their competitors (although other features are similar to any number of comparable firearms). However, this one outstanding innovation has helped to catapult them to the top of the heap.
It is for this reason that they are extremely popular with law enforcement. For a long time, it seemed that being on the right side of the blue line meant playing a constant game of catch-up as the criminal element always seemed to possess bigger and better weapons. When the Glock hit the U.S. market in the ‘80s, it was like a godsend for police officers. They seized upon the weapon as an equalizing force to confront gangs and other criminals that had been one step ahead before. And it performed admirably, so much so that nearly two-thirds of any given police force carries them as a personal sidearm to this day.
Of course, the law wasn’t the only element to recognize the allure of the Glock. Gun-toting law-breakers also claim this firearm as a weapon of choice (although most criminals won’t hesitate to supplement their arsenal with fully automatic guns and other illegal weapons). And of course, the average man about town might also house such a weapon in his home for both protection and recreational purposes. After being shot, Gabrielle Giffords herself admitted to owning a Glock, claiming to be “a pretty good shot”.
Although Glocks have garnered some media attention for their lethal force and rapid action, making them only one of many controversial firearms, they remain one of the most popular guns in the world today. And the fact that they are endorsed by law enforcement officials bodes well for their continued circulation, despite the fact that a few criminals and nut-jobs are trying to ruin it for everyone. As handguns go, you can’t get much better than the Glock. They have, in many ways, revolutionized how we look at firearms, and to suggest that they be sent to legal detention because of a few heavily publicized incidents is not only unacceptable, but likely an impossible scenario.
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