The NY Daily News is running a story about an admittedly tasteless and somewhat irresponsible iPhone accessory these days – the iPhone gun case. Shaped to be realistically similar to a gun, the case has a grip and a trigger, and it comes with an app which will project a barrel onto the screen of the phone. Nifty, some would say, and at the very least, one would have to admit that it’s inventive. But there’s a downside…
It will get you killed.
Now, how can an iPhone accessory get you killed, would be a logical question here. Well, nerves are strained with the NYPD, amongst other PDs because of the accessory, which they say will endanger “both the lives of those who carry it and the police officers whose job it is to rid the street of illegal guns.” Now, the latter isn’t very likely, since this isn’t a real gun, and so will never fire anything at anyone. Police officers who see this, especially US police forces, will apparently not investigate to see if this is a real firearm before opening fire of their own.
It seems that the “danger” this thing will pose to police officers, is the infamous cross fire they themselves often create. In all fairness, that’s not the iPhone accessory’s fault – that’s the result of bad, lazy training and inept police officers.
Being fired upon by police officers is a real and present danger for anyone living in the US these days, whether they carry this iPhone accessory or not. As one NY youth puts it; “And the NYPD would, of course, take action first without waiting for you to explain.” – Ka Ren Liu, 17
As we’ve also previously written about, police versus citizen relations in the US has reached a point where “innocent until proven guilty” has no meaning anymore, and citizens must take precautions against being assaulted, manhandled and murdered by the very people who have “sworn” to protect them. The police is far too preoccupied by the need to protect themselves to protect anyone else, and the vast number of military trained personell in the police forces is a clear danger, since such training is overwhelmingly likely to leave the imprint that everyone not in uniform or the same uniform as the officer, is an enemy.
In fact, this essentially harmless iPhone accessory would be a valuable tool in combating frivolous shooting by US police officers, since they would actually have to check and see if what they think is a gun, is a gun. Though the innocent lives lost in that process would probably never be worth the learning experience.
“The money that is earned from the sale of this case is blood money earned from the blood of the person who is foolish enough to carry it,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
Actually, it isn’t. That blood is on the hands of the police officers who shot someone without checking or verifying that they were carrying a real gun, instead of a squirt gun, a picture of a gun, or indeed, this iPhone case.