3-D gun is nothing to fear

  • Article by: FARHOOD MANJOO , Slate
  • Updated: May 8, 2013 - 12:10 PM

Let's examine the folly of the 3-D gun movement's rhetoric - the idea that, because 3-D guns might be available, their spread is unstoppable. That's just not true.

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scubadoo68May. 8, 1312:32 PM

"Wilson argues that once printable guns become a reality, they’ll make all gun control efforts moot." - You'd still need to purchase real bullets. Gun control laws (right or wrong) could limit the amount of rounds and/or require you to show your registration to purchase those bullets.

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numbnutz2May. 8, 13 1:01 PM

Hey FARHOOD MANJOO! Get some foresight and project this into the future a few years and you will realize that this is a viable means of manufaturing weapons.

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gandalf48May. 8, 13 1:16 PM

I foresee a new system that would allow people to rent a 3D printer for fee of $50 or $100 per hour (also supplying the plastic to create an item). The cost of temporary use of a printer vs the cost of a regular gun are quite competitive. As soon as these 3D printers become more prevalent (within 5 to 10 years), businesses or even individuals begin to allow rental time on these devices we will start to see these issues pop more and more often. Then we will begin to understand the folly of governments trying to make any sort of simple inanimate object or a plant illegal.

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jphaunMay. 8, 13 1:17 PM

3D guns should have zero impact on gun control. Instead, actual facts should matter, for example, those recently put out by the federal government showing a large drop in violent crime even as the number of guns in private hands has increased and the number of concealed carry permits has soared. Placing additional restrictions on private gun owners solves nothing. Enforcing existing gun laws and finding a way to deal with a broken mental health system would have a much more profound impact than new laws and restrictions.

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andy13tMay. 8, 13 1:53 PM

numbnutz did you read the article? the argument wasn't that it can't be (or won't be) done, it's that the reasoning behind the concept that doing so will render gun control efforts useless is faulty at best.

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joe_mnMay. 8, 13 2:18 PM

Bullets?

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jgmanciniMay. 8, 13 2:38 PM

"It’s more expensive, less durable, and a worse shot than any gun you can buy from a store."-----Great. Just what we need. A whole bunch of Barney Fifes out there who can't hit the side of a barn now, getting their hands on even less accurate weapons.

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DrediockMay. 8, 13 3:12 PM

Gun control laws are already useless. that cat has long since been let out of the bag. Unfortunately. Most of the new laws do nothing more then effect people who would never commit a crime with one then they do the ones that do. Finally. You dont even need a 3d printer to make a rudimentary gun. All you have to do is remember your basic science and have an idea on how things work. Neither is ammo hard to make. the recipe for gunpowder has been a well known secret and has been around for centuries

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SwiftBoatMay. 8, 13 3:31 PM

When 3-D printers and 3-D plastic guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have them.

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lostinstpaulMay. 8, 13 3:39 PM

""Bullets?""@@ I load my own, thanks!

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