I would like to personally thank Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed for creating the whole 3D gun “controversy.”
It’s one helluva show.
The TV talking heads and self-anointed gun know-it-alls are positively frothing at the mouth, every hour on the hour, as if 3D guns are some type of gateway drug to unchecked malicious hooliganism.
“This is the most important story in the country,” one ‘gun violence prevention advocate’ told CNN.
The sky is definitely falling, they say, and downloadable guns are the cause, right?
For me, it’s better than binge watching an entire season of South Park.
In my humble opinion, the whole 3D gun thing is like an inside joke that only the gun community seems to get.
No serious gun owner I know wants a 3D printed gun. I know of no one who has any plans to buy a 3D printer. None of my friends are planning to make a 3D gun. Most shooters I’ve spoken to wouldn’t trust an all-plastic homemade gun. They value their eyes and fingers a bit too much.
To me, they’re like a hand grenade with a handle.
Still, the response from the other team to the release of Wilson’s 3D firearms blueprints has been overwhelming.
And it’s damn fun to watch, because 3D guns are the new bogeyman!
To that crowd, 3D guns are scarier than standard-capacity magazines, “assault weapons,” bump-fire stocks and chainsaw bayonets combined. And, of course, all the politicians want to play. How else would they get their 15 minutes of fame?
To catch you up on some of the legal hijinks:
- In Pennsylvania, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Gov. Tom Wolf, and the state police blocked access to Wilson’s downloadable gun schematics. The First Amendment be damned!
- In New Jersey, the attorney general sent Defense Distributed a cease and desist letter. Wilson’s group had to sue the AG for trying to block access to his website.
- In Texas, a federal judge denied a request by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety and the Giffords Law Center to stop Wilson from publishing his blueprints.
- And late last week U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, who hails from New Jersey, of course, introduced a federal bill to ban the production of 3D firearms.
The one thing history has shown us time and time again is that there is no law ever passed that can keep guns out of the hands of criminals, because criminals — by definition — don’t care about the law.
Here’s to hoping the bad guys opt for the homemade variety from now on, in manly calibers like 10mm and .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum.
There will be lines, blocks long, outside of every emergency room comprised of ne’er-do-wells seeking to have plastic shrapnel removed from their faces and have digits reattached.
The hook and the eye patch may become cool again.
3D guns are pure Darwinism, man — foolish tools for foolish people.
I don’t think they constitute the next big threat to the Republic.
In the meantime, TV news is fun again, so pop some corn, open an adult beverage and enjoy the show.