More On 3D Printed Guns – A Quick Post
Something that is in the news more and more is the fact that 3D printers are only a few years away from being cheap enough for home use and capable of building all components of a functional firearm. While gun control advocates are inconsolable, either rocking back and forth in the fetal position or being kept awake at night, over the idea that people may so be able to make their own guns, to include criminals, is a ridiculous and typically idiotic response from these people.
It seems that people are under the impression that guns are only available by purchase, when that has never been the case. It has always been legal to construct your own guns and it’s not terribly difficult to do so either. In fact, building guns is a fairly popular hobby. People build them into umbrellas, flashlights, canes, hats, and on and on. All it takes to build a gun is basic machine tools and knowledge, and even fully automatic firearms can be made by amateurs. (That isn’t to say it is legal to possess fully automatic guns, but that fact is only relevant to those with qualms about violating the law.)
One of the big reasons that it has never been made illegal is that it would be totally unenforceable, in much the same way that 3D printing will make most gun control laws toothless and even more ineffective than they are to begin with. If you really don’t think it is already easy to make a gun of your own accord, look at this masterpiece:
That was built by a prison inmate and it was several weeks before it was discovered. Crude? Yes, but it fires and is clearly impossible to prevent. It is just simply that easy to do. The even more ludicrous thing is the proposed magazine ban, magazines can be made right at home with pretty much nothing more than a hammer. If we were to ban all guns (assuming that were even constitutional) far from preventing people from acquiring firearms, it would spawn an even more massive gun trafficking and manufacturing black market. In that way, it would truly be only criminals with guns.
With regard to gun control in a world where it is even easier to construct guns than it is now, the following clip sums it up pretty well:
Just for the record, I’ve downloaded and stored several hundred files that I could use to make gun components if I had access to a 3D printer. I tried to include a few of the files for the gun parts, but WordPress won’t accept the file type. Oh well. It’s not like they are difficult to find. Have a gander at one.