The elites in the federal government are on the verge of total panic as the August 1 deadline arrived for the legal sale of 3D gun blueprints on the internet. We are assured by the cool heads of the more gun-grabby members of Congress that by about noon on August 1st, terrorists will be weaving in and out of schools, airports, golf courses and Christina Aguilera concerts with undetectable “ghost guns.” That sounds really spooky!
In one of the more outrageously ignorant examples of attempting to frighten the public, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated that 3D printed guns are, “Outright dangerous in the way they can mimic the look and the capacity of a hardened, fully semi-automatic weapon.”
We’ve used the term “fully semi-automatic” in the past to make fun of gun-grabbers and their total lack of knowledge on the very objects they so desperately wish to ban. But this might be the first time we’ve heard an adult use the phrase out loud and on purpose in total sincerity. You caught us, Senator Schumer! Using modern science and some sort of Harry Potter-like wizardry, we will be able to finally achieve FULL SEMI-AUTOMATIC thanks to 3D printing technology.
Also, if something mimics the look of something else, doesn’t mean that it is non-functioning, despite looking real? You know, like a toy gun that “mimics” the real thing? Someone buy an engagement ring that mimics real diamonds and report back to us with results, please. (Just kidding. Unlike 3D printed guns, that would be “outright dangerous.”)
Aside from the gun-grabbers’ hysteria, what is so frightening to people about 3D guns?
If you’ve seen one, you’ll immediately recognize the fact that Chuck Schumer is a bald-faced liar. They look like something a child would put together with Lego building blocks, but with less similarity to an actual gun. Most of the ones we’ve seen that are operable, since they are made almost entirely of plastic, are single-shot weapons.
Last November, a company finally created a 3D-printed gun out of metal and ran 1,000 rounds through it. But the costs of 3D printing metal are astronomical when compared to doing it with plastics (and the plastics alone are very expensive to work with — 3D printing isn’t cheap). What criminal or terrorist would go to that amount of time, effort and expense just to have a firearm that doesn’t have a serial number on it?
Then, there is the boogey-man of the “ghost gun” — a plastic weapon that is undetectable in an airport metal detector. Mrs. Schumer and his compadres who are allergic to the Second Amendment would have us believe that planes will be dropping from the skies like 9/11 again if 3D blueprints are sold on the internet. Okay, let’s play along with that fantasy.
Suppose you managed to sneak your single-shot, plastic firearm and a single bullet onto a commercial airliner. (Too many bullets will trigger a metal detector, so at best guess, you might be able to sneak one bullet on board.)
How would you bring the plane down? You have one bullet and a firearm that would make most people burst into laughter if you tried to use it in the commission of a crime. You have one armed US Marshal (possibly more) on the plane with a real gun and probably two or more loaded magazines. You very likely have a pilot and/or co-pilot who is armed in a hardened cockpit, redesigned to not be breached by terrorists. You have a plane filled with passengers who will rip the face off a terrorist with their bare hands rather than allow another 9/11-style suicide attack to take place. So, again… what are you going to do with your one bullet and your scary “ghost gun?”
Anyone can go online right now and find blueprints to build a British-style STEN gun in their basement (minus the trigger mechanism and firing pin, but those are easily found as well). The parts to construct one will run you about $200-$300 at a hardware store. The same goes for a “zip” gun that can be constructed from a pipe and a nail for materials costing approximately $5. If someone wanted to build an “untraceable” gun at home for criminal purposes, they could do it for a lot cheaper than by doing it through 3D printing.
Alternatively, they could just buy one on the black market, which will never go away, no matter how many sets of blueprints the government bans.
The real reason that 3D printed guns are causing such a panic is because they represent a tiny whiff of freedom. With firearms being the most heavily regulated items on the planet, the thought of individuals being able to create a gun on their own — even a plastic one that offers little threat to the federal government — terrorizes those who do not want you to have any freedom.
And as for the secret to “fully semi-automatic” firearms, well… let’s just leave Sen. Schumer in the dark on that one.
~ American Gun News