Mass murder is nothing to get worked up about, until it cuts into the bottom like of the gun industry! /s
Don’t you realize what a diseaster this is Ramirez ? If all criminals and mass murderers print their own guns, who is going to buy traditional guns ? Think of all the gun companies that are going to go bankrupt. Have you no soul ?
Yes Ramirez, it will be hysterical when people will get killed by those./s
Same thing as a zip gun in the prison yard. It’s only purpose is to murder.
TheMcChuck…displaying the scope of his understanding.
After an airplane gets brought down will you accept any responsibility?
Didn’t take long for the screaming to start.
Because untraceable, undetectable firearms any yahoo with a 3D printer can obtain is no big whoop, yes?
Another a-0 with a gun. MAGA!
The chamber and barrel will have to be made of metal, since a NATO standard 9MM round has a PSI of 35,000. Doubtful that the plastic would stand up to that without a metal liner or being unusually thick. Of course you might be able to do ceramic barrels.
You folks understand, I hope, that these silly little pistols are visible on the x-ray machines at the airport.
And you can be sure that TSA people were trained to spot the shape a few years ago when this 1st popped up. And you do know that the ammunition sticks out like a sore thumb on x-ray, right?
Here is a simple solution. Require manufactures of the plastic compounds used in 3D printers to add specific taggants to each lot of materials sold and to require all buyers to show ID and have the sale recorded and reported to the FBI.
When someone has these pointed at a child’s head, are you then going to say, “Go ahead?”
These weapons have only one purpose. To not be detected by conventional security. Once you have a gun that can get past security at entrances, it becomes a real problem. Two or more of them is a real threat. Because the real issue is not about the one-off nuts who might blow their hand off (and perhaps also kill a hostage — like a child) but about those who will use the technology to achieve their goals. Remember the value of box-cutters?
Whatever deficiencies this weapon currently has will be remedied in the future. The first firearms also left a lot to be desired. Things changed though, did they not? The speed of progress accelerates.
One thing most people miss is that 3-D printers are “additive” technology. You don’t have to print something that looks like a conventional weapon. Special ops in WW2 were given a gun with a magazine/handle which was detachable from the barrel, which looked then like a small bicycle pump.
With additive technology, you can make something that, when not assembled, bears little relation to a gun — because the additive technology would allow you to transform a simple tube into something totally different. Something that might look odd, but not something dangerous, especially if sent thru security disassembled, and carried by one or more agents.
Using materials like ceramics may make these weapons “good enough.” Terrorists have the money to spend on making improvements, and the will to act over longer time periods. So do large criminal organizations. Remember the submarines for smuggling? Where there is a will, there is a way.
No, you are not going to legislate people from making guns. But it can be made a severe felony to possess these. Again, not for the purpose of stopping manufacture but for establishing a legal grounds for punishment. And to discourage frivolous violations of public safety.
For those who were technically minded, what was the pressure in the barrel of an 18th century dueling pistol? Kind of lethal, weren’t they?
Why must a lethal projectile look like a conventional bullet?
Wait twenty years, you will be surprised at what criminals will print in 3D.
Let us hope you are not shot by one.
If the NRA is to survive they need to get back to hunter safety and leave the military hardware to the soldiers. Their purpose of helping to train shooters for the military has expired.
Perhaps a Conservative around here can answer a simple question for me: why would anyone WANT such a gun in the first place?
^ I guess not. No one can give me a reason. So I’m stuck with the image of a slack-jawed, toothless, drooling wastoid mumbling, “Umm, new gun. Me want!” Unless someone could correct me.
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