Blog Post #410:  3D printed guns

Blog Post #410:  3D printed guns

Taken from:  http://thehill.com/policy/technology/400044-five-things-to-know-about-3d-printed-guns

I like the concept of 3D printing.  Let’s say you are the owner of a 1952 Studebaker and you just can’t find parts you need for restoration.  Not a problem, you find an auto supply shop that has a 3D printer (in metal) and you have them print up the new carburetor (or whatever).

3D printing is coming closer to printing organic as well.  Do you need a heart transplant and there is no donor heart available and you are 20th on the list for a donated heart?  Not a problem, (well – kind of a problem now – but they are working on it) if you have the organic material, (and know-how), you can print a new heart (okay – in the future – but someday it WILL come).

Now to today’s topic – 3D printed guns,

The article says:  “While some say 3D printed firearms should be protected under the Second Amendment, others insist they pose an extremely serious threat to public safety.  “

But on the other side: … “The widespread distribution of 3D printed gun plans would allow anyone with access to the internet and a 3D printer to own a gun. At least for now, printing a gun does not require a background check or any other documentation.”

“Under the Gun Control Act, it is technically illegal for multiple categories of people to own guns, including felons, domestic abusers, and drug users. Some say weak laws on 3D printing would make it that much easier for such individuals to obtain firearms.”

I don’t have a gun and generally fall in-between on gun laws.  I have family members and friends who are avid hunters. Getting your pheasants in South Dakota is a well respected and exciting activity.  Getting your deer and making venison sausage is also important to many others. My brother-in-law from Wyoming had gotten an elk hunting permit many times in his life – and has killed elk. Another Facebook friend (and former student) announced he is heading to Wyoming to scout out deer and elk for his fall hunting pleasure.

An uncle was both a hunter and a skeet shooter.  Going out to the rifle range and shooting some clay pigeons was a great hobby for him.

But these family and friends are using guns in two ways – to get food and to enjoy the outdoors.  (Of course, ‘enjoying the outdoors’ is a relative term as you are in a tree stand for hours waiting for the right buck to pass underneath you in the cold, rain or snow!!!).  

As for handguns, I generally fall on the side of ‘why do you need a handgun?’  Maybe if there is an intruder at the door, you could protect your family with a handgun  But, in my case, I think I would become a target rather than a protector.

And … for guns (especially handguns) that can pass metal detectors and can be gotten by felons (and crooks), that aren’t used to hunt or for recreation, I’m opposed.

So, 3D printed guns are still on the scary side for me.  Let’s print up Studebaker carburetors instead!!

What do you think?

 

Bruce

Of course, I know a great many people who totally embrace the “right to bare arms” – especially in summer!!!

Posted by Bruce White

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