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3D Printing – Death To Gun Control

And many other controls as well.

I’ve been following the rise of 3 dimensional printing for a few years now, and we are close to a tipping point. This model, at only $1,750 may seem expensive, but it is actually really cheap. Consider how much VCR’s cost when they first came out, refrigerators, computers, and so forth were all in a similar situation.

The first computer my family got cost almost $1,400, and that was at a discount, had a 1GB hard drive, 128 MB of RAM,  266 mhz processor and a 56k modem. My cell phone has 16 GB of memory, 1GB of RAM, 2ghz of processing power and God only knows at what rates data from the internet is had at, but it is a tremendous improvement, and this is less than 15 years later.

In the next 10 years, or less, imagine how far 3D printing will come. We may not have to wait days for products to arrive via UPS or FedEx. Simply pay the man and a few short moments later your purchase prints out a few feet away. This is where gun control comes into play.

How does a government restrict the free flow of products like guns when the manufacturing could take place in every home on the planet? It seems like these printers will be restricted to plastics and similar materials for a long time, but looking at the pistol I have on my person right now, nearly all the parts could be changed to plastic without harming near term functionality in the least. Really, only the barrel and firing pin must be metal, and even that may not hold true for much longer, given the continuing development of materials that a few short years ago would have been science fiction.

Of course, gun control is a myth in America. I could either buy or easily make modifications to any number of firearms to get something that would be illegal. In fact I am fairly confident I could buy a fully automatic weapon at a lower price than most of the semi auto guns at the local shops. So not much of an impact here, in other places (where gun control is still a myth, but just slightly less of one) Canada, the UK, Germany, who knows where else, the population will very soon have access to anything they want, regardless of what nanny staters attempt to control and prohibit the sale and possession of.

Whole arsenals could be transported on something smaller than your little fingernail…

What this means to governments, even to individuals, is a world where freedom becomes more difficult to restrict, perhaps impossible. In all ways, good, bad or in between.

I just can’t wait to be free of the God forsaken UPS guy who can’t seem to place my packages in any position other than in a puddle. I will set my cat on him someday…

Addition: I was just reminded a few minutes ago about a certain anti-piracy campaign. Of course 3D printing will let piracy explode into non-digital things, as opposed to the intangible digitally stored things that are pirated today. The premise in the ad, is that you wouldn’t download a car, or a wallet or whatever else, right?

No way! Are you fucking kidding me? I would absolutely download a car.

You can already download and print gun parts if you have a 3d printer. Yup. Like I said, the end is near for gun control.

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  1. 2012/01/25 at 00:30

    If there’s anything you need while sitting at home on the computer, it’s a gun.

    Also, Great Britain saw a great drop in gun deaths from 2007 to 2008 – about 18%. You see, 2007 was just awful with 51 deaths. The next year, however, only saw 42 deaths. But you keep believing gun control is a myth there. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/britain-records-18-fall-in-gun-deaths-1232069.html

  2. 2012/01/25 at 00:32

    If we include injuries, the numbers jump to around 200. http://www.gun-control-network.org/GF07.htm

    The only reason I am pro-gun in the U.S. is because Second Amendment abusers have made this a highly gun-ridden nation. Change to a more reasonable place and I become anti-gun.

  3. 2012/01/25 at 09:51

    The part that is a myth Michael is that guns can actually be controlled. As you demonstrated, even with extremely severe controls, people are still being shot. People who wish to break the law are not dissuaded from doing so with firearms, just because of their illegality.

    And sorry I don’t unload and lock up my firearms when I approach a computer.

  4. 2012/01/25 at 11:15

    And anyway, you seem to be missing the point. With the advent of machines that can construct practically anything, the idea that anything can be controlled will soon be a complete myth.

    And really, are you so naive as to think firearms are not freely available in the UK?

  5. 2012/01/25 at 22:27

    Haha, you’ve got to be kidding me. A very tiny portion of a big populace dies by gun shot and you still think gun control is a myth? You’re deluded, my friend. Gun control is a huge success in the U.K., whether you like it or not.

  6. 2012/01/26 at 08:56

    As it stands now Michael, no country has managed to adequately control guns.

    Switzerland, far be it for them to control guns, they actually issue their citizens guns to be kept in their home. Yet the homicide rate is tiny. Much as low as it is in the UK and much lower than many other countries with severe controls.

    This sort of thing indicates to me that the control of firearms, to whatever extent it is possible, is less responsible than is national culture.

    And most of all, guns are still freely available in the UK to those who wish to have them, as a number of investigative reports will show you. As usual, the only effect of gun control is to control guns in the possession of people who actually obey the law.

  7. 2012/01/26 at 08:57

    And anyway, that all has nothing to do with this post. The point of this post is gun control is about to become impossible, in the next few years.

    Impossible.

  8. 2012/01/27 at 01:23

    Gun control is very possible right now despite your declarations to the contrary. As you say, anyone who really wants a gun in the UK can get one, but a strong anti-gun culture – due, in part, to continual enforcement of certain policies – has made it so most people don’t want one. This isn’t rocket science. If guns are allowed to spread amongst the general population for legal use, some people will naturally take to liking the things. I don’t see the appeal in them, but plenty of people do wish to extend their penises. As such, this penchant will overflow into illegal use. That’s what has happened in the US. The UK, on the other hand, has been wildly successful in preventing the spread of illegal guns.

    As for gun control being impossible because of 3D printing, that’s nonsense. Like you said, people can get guns illegally with little trouble now. Sure, that trouble will be decreased to an extent down the road, but why should that matter so much? If people can get guns illegally now and yet they aren’t, what would encourage them to get them illegally later?

  9. 2012/01/27 at 09:54

    Well, my thoughts on this are kind of like how people steal music and movies. Few are going out and buying stolen movies or CD’s but plenty are downloading them. I have to imagine that it will be the same in this situation.

    And I think you are partly correct, gun control may actually be somewhat effective if it makes it’s way into culture, but I still see no great successes attained by government with regard to the control of small arms. When people can get anything they want, guns are not controlled. It’s like saying that yoohoo is controlled because no one wants the stuff.

  10. 2012/01/27 at 23:51

    That’s a fair point about the ease of access, but there could exist mechanisms down the road which make it difficult to download certain items. Definitely not impossible, but difficult.

    You’re Yoohoo analogy doesn’t work for me. It isn’t that it’s inaccurate or anything. It’s just that thinking about the stuff makes me gag more than your mother.

  11. 2012/01/28 at 17:53

    Well you could go even further with this printing thing, I just didn’t.

    You have self taught hackers who are 14 years old compromising well protected government and corporate websites on a regular basis. It’s not hard to imagine 10 or 15 years down the road, even if downloading is somehow controlled, people will be able to easily create things of their own. In the link I provided you have a magazine. Outlaw high capacity magazines and what will people do? Make their own when tech. allows. (not that there is any reason to restrict them.)

    Another problem is the fact that I can possess a copy of the Anarchists Cookbook, even though many of the things inside are illegal for me to actually do. Merely having the data needed to do something, does not constitute a crime in this country. This likely means that the data required to create a firearm is protected speech until you actually go to create the thing.

    One can’t do shit about that without wiping out centuries of common law and legal precedent.

  12. orchunter88
    2012/07/04 at 18:47

    Nate :
    Well you could go even further with this printing thing, I just didn’t.
    You have self taught hackers who are 14 years old compromising well protected government and corporate websites on a regular basis. It’s not hard to imagine 10 or 15 years down the road, even if downloading is somehow controlled, people will be able to easily create things of their own. In the link I provided you have a magazine. Outlaw high capacity magazines and what will people do? Make their own when tech. allows. (not that there is any reason to restrict them.)
    Another problem is the fact that I can possess a copy of the Anarchists Cookbook, even though many of the things inside are illegal for me to actually do. Merely having the data needed to do something, does not constitute a crime in this country. This likely means that the data required to create a firearm is protected speech until you actually go to create the thing.
    One can’t do shit about that without wiping out centuries of common law and legal precedent.

    One good thing this ability to print a fully functional firearm can do, is to take the business of firearms out of a hands of a gangsters. I mean who would bother trying to reach out to a gang dealer, if they can just print the damn thing? Remember the alcopone in 30s? They used to have a lot of power, until they ended the alcohol phrobition. Anyway, the laws and phrobitions only work, when people actually submit to them. And even if most of them do, there is still the so called “illegal activity”.

    I bet the curiosity alone can drive people to do “illegal things”. Thats why they often try drugs. Now, when getting the firearm gets so easy, many people want print one just to see what are those things called “firearms”. While there will be another group – people who will try to construct theyr own versions of firearms. Or even ones, who try to build a whole new ones, simply by 3d modeling. I’d love to see if anyone gets to build a working version of a Killzone 3’s Sta 52 rifle lol.

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