Good science fiction takes a concern that already exists and explores it with fictional technology that enhances the issue.
What does it mean to be “human” is an age old question philosophers have been thinking about for thousands of years. Combine that with artificial intelligence and you have I, Robot, half the works of Phillip K. Dick, even Data from Star Trek: TNG.
The expansion of communism was terrifying, add space travel and you get Starship Troopers.
The latest hysterics from Shannon Watts about 3-D printed guns is just bad Sci-Fi. It takes a concern they have (guns) and mixes it with a technology they don’t understand (3-D printing). The problem is, 3-D printing is not like warp drive, it exists and rational people understand its limitations.
The @NRA admits they support homemade guns. Starting August 1, Americans can legally print an AR-15 at home. There is no way to track DIY guns and they have already been used by gangs.
The NRA knows the best way to sell more guns is to arm even more dangerous people. https://t.co/OyH1FYS1Qv
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 24, 2018
That’s a lot of nonsense.
Does Shannon Watts know that it’s already legal to make a gun at home without an FFL if it is not for sale?
I’m not into it, but there are people who just love to make ARs and AKs out of 80% lowers, either unfinished forgings or flat sheets of sheet metal.
If you’re willing to invest the time and effort into it, you can build an AR out of a 0% receiver – i.e. a slab of billet aluminum.
There is a reason laws like these exist. Inventors. John Moses Browning didn’t have and FFL or SOT. He designed his first gun out of his dad’s blacksmith shop. If an inventor has to get an FFL and all the permits just to tinker with an idea part time after his day job, innovation with be hampered.
The issue isn’t that people were not allowed to build guns at home, the issue was a designer selling the CAD models that allow someone with a 3-D printer to print a gun. This wasn’t even a 2A case, it was a 1A case with the argument being that the goverment can’t stop someone from publishing blueprints. Freedom of the press.
Show me one case in which a gang member has used a 3D printed gun to commit a crime.
The above article contains this quote:
Gun control advocates were alarmed. Nick Suplina, managing director of law and policy at Everytown for Gun Safety, said the settlement was “incredibly dangerous” and called on the state department to continue to block the publication of what he described as “deadly information”.
Oh no, not information. It’s not like I can’t look up all the dimensions of an AR receiver already and put that into Solid Works.
“This settlement would enable convicted felons and domestic abusers to download schematics online and print their own illegal and untraceable guns,” he said.
All those “convicted felons and domestic abusers” with tens of thousands of dollars in 3-D printers and experience in fabrication.
It would actually be easier to build a gun out of pipe and sheet metal like they do in Brazil than to buy and set up a 3-D printer and computer capable of making a gun.
Of course, that is harder than buying a stolen gun from the local drug dealer. I’m pretty sure anybody who has spent any time in prison knows a guy that they can buy an illegal gun off of for less than the cost of a single spool of ABS printer plastic.
Looking through Shannon’s feedback, we see just how many people have bought into this bullshit.
And in the state of Florida, these people can make these guns, initiate a situation, shoot and kill someone, and claim they were in fear for their safety or life… The country is going crazy.
— Blenus M (@cameraman1961) July 24, 2018
No, no they can’t.
I think “don’t use a 3-D printed gun you made yourself” is above “don’t use hand loads” in advice by lawyers how not to go to prison in case of a defensive shoot.
American has lost its goddamn mind over guns. They should have never been a "right". A gun should be limited to only the most qualified and trained. Now anyone can print one. This is insane. We deserve whatever shit we get because we refuse to do anything to change this.
— Dave the guy from Rhode Island (@RiDavlo) July 24, 2018
Yeah, the NRA and gun companies are done for because anybody can just print whatever gun they want.
Anybody with more than a million dollars in 3-D printers, CNC equipment, heat treat ovens, finishers, etc. Even if you just make a receiver and buy every other component, 3-D printed plastic is not smooth and must be finished to produce a functioning part. That is why 3-D printing will not replace injection molding for production anytime soon.
I swear, these people must think that you can buy a desktop 3-D printer off Amazon for $200, download the CAD model, and 30 minutes later have a fully functioning AR-15 lying on your desk ready to shoot up a school.
This is the new Glock 7, undetectable porcelain gun made in Germany myth.
The reality is that it will take two days to print the components for a single shot pistol that doesn’t always work, out of a $1,300 printer and is about as likely to blow up in your face as not. Also it has no effective rifling so accuracy is null and I can’t imagine the barrel life being more than two or three rounds.
This is less a weapon for criminals as much as a novel though experiment for Libertarians. For the price of a 3-D printer, you can buy three or four guns on the street. If undetectability is your thing, you might as well file off the serial number because if you murder someone with your printed gun, you’re going to prison anyway.
Same with magazines. Sure a guy in California can print some high capacity magazines. But for less than the cost of the 3-D printer, he can drive to Arizona and fill the trunk of his car with Magpul.
Nothing about this is remotely frightening to a thinking person.
To unthinking activists, this make them crap their pants.