Call for Hand Tool “Common Sense” Controls
A Florida man has allegedly killed his neighbors using a hammer. Is it time to look at what kind of hammers are being allowed to be sold to the public? While having a hammer to pound some brads into some finishing trim in your living room might be OK for everyone without a criminal record to own,is it really necessary for an average citizen to possess or use a contractor grade framing hammer that could be used in an assault?
A physically superior individual, or a lucky one that catches you off guard could easily overpower you with this hammer and use it as a deadly weapon. Is a framing hammer suitable for “hobby purposes” or should these hammers be reserved to contractors and maintenance professionals? Let’s not even get into nail-guns. Is it really necessary to be able to insert that many fasteners without reloading? These things can be used as weapons.
If there was only a way that law-abiding people with no felonies and being found to be mentally competent could carry concealed some kind of device to neutralize the threat a psychotic nut job with a hammer could pose.