To the uninformed, guns can truly be a frightening object. We know full well of their power to kill and maim. Negligent discharges take lives every year and some even take place in the hands of those well trained to use firearms. They are loud, and if the reports are to be believed, even gave a reporter firing a gun for the first time PTSD. The mere thought of its destructive power has a tendency to produce a certain kind of hysteria among some of our fellow citizens. To the informed, however, guns are but a mere tool akin to any other. Certainly they can be abused, but we pass by them every day without our knowing. Moreover, statistically in a nation of 300 million people and 300 million plus guns you are actually very unlikely to ever be struck by a bullet. Unfortunately for America, the uninformed are proving themselves the loudest voice when it comes to 3D printed guns. However, in order to reduce mass hysteria I’m going to beg you to strain your ears to listen a little closer to the informed on the matter.
First Reaction from the Uniformed
Starting August 1st, citizens in the United States of America will be able to download plans for 3D printed guns thanks to a court ruling that viewed it as free speech. The reaction from those uniformed about guns has been remarkable to say the least. Rumors of ghost guns and boogeymen of the pew pew pew began to keep the left up at night. Actress Alyssa Milano went so far as to call 3D printed guns “downloadable death.”
It would seem that only in America can people freak out about the possibility of spending thousands of dollars on a 3D printer in order to print off a less effective version of a gun you could buy for a couple of hundred bucks. One can even pick up the “dreaded” AR-15 for around $500 bucks if you shopped properly.
The uninformed are going to tell you that this is “downloadable death” because those who don’t want you to own a gun certainly don’t want you to have the knowledge to make one. Don’t get me wrong, as the potential for abuse looms large. However, it is really no different than the potential for abuse that exists now with the 2nd Amendment as is. Then again, an informed gun owner can only hope that any evildoer would be coming after them with an ineffective plastic version of the steel they carry at their own side. Its ok my fellow citizens, there is no need to freak out about 3D printed guns. It’s just knowledge and the knowledge was already there to begin with.
Guns Are Being Built at Home Right Now
Not to cause more panic, but it might come as a shock to the uninformed that metal versions of very effective guns are being produced in households across America this very minute. In fact, I could point you to countless websites right now that can have every part you need shipped right to your front door. Not illegal deep web sites, but legitimate businesses of which the ATF is very aware. They sell what is known as an 80% lower receiver. Namely, because it is a lower receiver that is 80% complete.
Until one finishes the milling process with a jig they can easily buy for $100 or less, the ATF considers that lower receiver a useless hunk of metal. Because until you finish that process where you can insert the trigger group it is indeed a useless hunk of metal. It is perfectly legal and only once you complete the firearm do any applicable firearm laws apply. The number of people killed by these homemade ARs is likely zero this year and it is still cheaper than purchasing a 3D printer.
Consequently as a I say again, it is time to stop freaking out about 3D printed weapons. It is the opinion of this author that the reaction against the public posting of this information is nothing more than about the suppression of knowledge. For one can conceivably take away a gun one day, but one can never recover knowledge once that genie is out of the bottle. It’s time to stop freaking out about 3D printed guns my fellow citizens. It is time to revel that information, even about scary stuff that is legal, is still freely available in the United States of America.