This guy in the video and his friends have gotten together with this really great idea. They want to make it easy for anybody with a fairly basic 3D printer to be able to just print themselves a gun or two. Or however many they want really. Amazing. Why didn’t anyone think of 3D printable guns before?
OK. I don’t really think it’s a good idea. I think it’s a terrible fucking idea and I think this guy and his friends who like to call themselves Defense Distributed are either fucking stupid or they have an ulterior motive that has yet to be revealed.
Have you watched the video yet? I watched it and it was like the plot of a Bond movie parody. You know the ones where the villain announces his nefarious plans on live TV and then it is up to some supercop to stop him because only one man can can save the world from his evil villainy.
I can’t even understand his reasoning. Why does everyone need to be able to print a gun? I guess he means there should be no gun control. But that’s not what’s going to happen here. He’s worried about control? If this happens the government will increase control as the police try to monitor who downloads the files, who has a 3D printer and more. This initiative might actually make the US more of a police state than it already is.
So why are they really doing this? I don’t know. They have a Manifesto on their website. Scratch that. They don’t have a manifesto. They just have some quotes that could be used as arguments for the right to bear arms. They probably just pulled them from the forum signatures of some NRA website.
it’s over, you don’t understand the world you’re living in
On the Defense Distributed website it says “Every dollar contributed to this project is also a vote to export the protections of the Second Amendment to the entire world. Libertas.” And he says in the video that “it’s over, you don’t understand the world you’re living in”. What the fuck are you talking about dude? I’m from Ireland and currently live in Japan, two places that have very strict gun control and, what is probably no coincidence, two places that have very low levels of gun crime. Also two places that have very low murder rates. We don’t need to import your second amendment protections. You don’t understand the world you are living in.
And another thing. You’re in Texas. You can carry a gun. Just go get a license and buy one at the gun shop. Or are you worried about the people who can’t get a license? You know, the ex-cons and the children.
I’m not saying that 3D printable guns are a bad idea but I am saying that giving children the ability to make guns at home is.
This is what I predict if these guys get their way. The CAD files needed to make the gun will be released on the internet in a way that they will live forever. People will alter them and release them as torrents which is where people will have to get them as governments in most countries will take down or block sites that host the files. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference between the good ones and the bad ones. People will make guns that don’t work, that blow up in your hand that backfire or worse.
When the 3D printers get cheaper, and they will soon, people will have them in their house. Some kids, probably teenage boys, will download and print themselves a few guns and a few of them will use their new guns to kill people. Remove obstacles and people act more and act faster. Act without thinking. When this includes a gun it often means death.
What’s great about the wiki-weapon is it only needs to be lethal once – C. Rutledge Wilson
3D printers have amazing potential. I think they will destroy some businesses but that’s development. The iPod destroyed the Walkman. And I’m not saying that 3D printable guns are a bad idea but I am saying that giving children the ability to make guns at home is. I am saying that making it easy for people to have guns illegally is. I am saying that this project is.
Luckily I am not the only one who thinks this project is a bad idea. Defense Distributed has been trying to raise funding for this project. They were initially using Indiegogo to get funding but were deemed to be in violation of their terms. Now they are trying to raise money with Bitcoin and PayPal. As of today they have received just $1277 out of their desired $20,000. I guess there is not yet a big demand for 3D printable guns.
Anyway, I think that it’s pretty clear that I am not a fan of this project but that is my opinion and yours may be different. If you are interested in the world having the ability to make 3D printable guns at home you can donate at Defense Distributed: