Opinion: 3D printable guns aren’t the end of life as we know it.
Opinion: 3D printable guns aren’t the end of life as we know it.
Well, the Chicken Little Brigade of Gun Control is at it again. As usual, they aren’t letting facts get in the way of their narrative either. In case you haven’t heard, they are both in an uproar over the fact the U.S. government came to an agreement with Defense Distributed to allow them to post their plans for 3D printable guns to the internet while at the same time crowing over their “victory” in obtaining a temporary restraining order against him to prevent said publication. I tell you, it would be easy to get whiplash trying to keep up with their outrage and fist pumping.
We’ve heard from “experts” on guns like Alyssa Milano, who penned an op-ed piece about the dangers of this “downloadable death.” She begins her piece by going straight to the fear – nothing new for her and her ilk.
Imagine this: the convicted domestic abuser next door tries to buy a gun. He’s turned down because he fails his background check. When he gets home, he opens up his browser, and in half an hour he’s printing out his own undetectable, fully functional plastic gun, with no background check and no record of his purchase.
Except it isn’t quite that easy. Not that she bothers to tell us so. First, you need an expensive 3-D printer. Then you need the plans. Then you need the material to print the parts. Then you need the non-printable parts. Then you need to have the ability to put it all together. Hmm, doesn’t exactly sound like something you’re going to be able to do on the spur of the moment when you put it like that, does it? But poor little Alyssa, who never met a pro-Second Amendment argument she liked, can’t be bothered by such things as reality. It might interfere with the narrative.
“It is not hyperbole to say that this could mean the end of our ability to have meaningful gun violence prevention in America.”
Oh, woe is me. So, if we prevent the distribution of these prints, does she really think that means gun violence in our country will lessen? If she does, she’s even more of a clod when it comes to the reality of gun violence than I thought and that’s saying a lot.
Honestly, Dana Loesch has the best response to poor Alyssa and her compatriots.
This is a silly, uninformed article. It has never been illegal to print non-NFA designs on a 3D printer (not just a regular printer at home). People act like gunsmithing is a new thing. https://t.co/2vIra2lopu
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 31, 2018
But Alyssa’s not the only one. We have the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy calling out these “dangerous downloadable guns.” Now, I don’t know about you, but I suddenly have visions of Star Trek’s replicator where you told it what you wanted and poof! it came sliding out the slot before you, ready to eat or wear or whatever.
Everyone needs to know how dangerous downloadable guns are.pic.twitter.com/SJ47ro6CSM
— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) July 30, 2018
First, as the NRA points out, it’s been 30 years since the Feds passed legislation banning “untraceable firearms.”
Breaking: The NRA's Chris Cox is out with a statement on 3D printed guns. pic.twitter.com/C2NkyqyNDf
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) July 31, 2018
By the way, that was done with input and agreement of the NRA – something we sure aren’t hearing about from the gun grabbers. Nor are they telling you this:
“Defense Distributed’s controversial files are designed to 3D-print receivers. What comes out of the 3D printer isn’t a working weapon, but something that still must be mated to bolts, barrels, trigger groups, stocks, and other necessary parts before it ever fires a bullet. Defense Distributed’s Liberator pistol design is perhaps the closest thing to a complete printable firearm, but the enthusiast must still source key parts such as a metal tube for a barrel and a nail for a firing pin.”
Hmmm, so it isn’t quite so “undetectable” as they claim, not if it has metal in it.
Again, reality doesn’t fit the narrative.
Other things we aren’t being told by the Chicken Little Brigade: you have to have a 3D printer big enough to print the parts. It is a time-consuming process that can take hours for a single part to print. It is expensive. For now, at least, these guns are also basically ineffective because they will fall apart after just a couple of shots. Oh, and they can’t hold as many rounds as regular guns.
Once more, we aren’t told this because it doesn’t fit with the fear tactics the other side tries to use.
Here’s reality: plans for guns printable on 3D printers are available from other sources than the one we’re hearing about right now. They’ve been available for years. The Fifth Circuit has said the manufacture and possession of a plastic pistol or plastic lower receiver (subject to the Undetectable Firearms Act) “is legal for United States citizens and will remain legal for United States citizens regardless of the outcome of this case.”
We’re hearing about all this now because of action taken under the Obama Administration. The government filed a lawsuit to prevent the online distribution – for free – of the printer plans for 3D guns on the basis “that the files would be available for international download and international use. It also argued that the files at issue were not “expressive speech.” The Fifth Circuit noted “printing a fully functional plastic lower receiver or Defense Distributed’s single-shot plastic pistol ‘is legal for United States citizens and will remain legal for United States citizens regardless of the outcome of this case.’ ”
The original case was a First Amendment case, one the government wasn’t going to win. That is why the Justice Department, under the Trump Administration, settled with Defense Distributed. But “oh, no, we can’t have that,” said the Chicken Little Brigade. So they started their rounds, once again calling for further limitations of our Second Amendment rights.
And, lest he be left out, little David Hogg had to have his say in the matter. (His comments begin around the 3:00 mark.)
As usual, Hogg speaks without knowledge. He doesn’t understand what the Obama era regulations were about, or what the original law suit was about. He apparently thinks 3D printed guns were illegal under Saint Obama and Demon Trump has a deal with the Devil NRA to put these horrible weapons out on the street. When will the media quit giving this child any credence? Never mind, I know that answer. They will do so only after he deviates from their own narrative.
So, what about the TRO they are all crowing about? Is it really a victory? Not really. For one, it is temporary. The hearing is set for August 10th. For another, even if the judge in Seattle confirms the order, it can still be appealed. Then there’s the little fact the plans had already been online and downloaded by a number of people before the TRO was issued. Any damage has already been done. And let’s not forget that these aren’t the only 3D printable gun plans out there.
This is, once again and unsurprisingly, a tempest in a teacup of liberal tears. One day, the Chicken Little Brigade will learn that crying “the sky is falling” over every little thing that offends them will backfire and bite them in the ass. For me, that day can’t come too soon.