3D Printers: Gun Control, Out of Control

By Beverly Gadson-Birch 

I am fascinated by high-tech gadgets but even more fascinated by 3D printers. It’s just mind-boggling the things you can make using 3D-printers.

I am clueless how a 3D printer can make a gun as small as a Liberator and as large as an AR-15 assault weapon. On one hand, legislators are working on banning the AR-15, and on the other hand you have companies designing templates and 3D printers that can mass produce weapons with no restrictions, all in the name of “free speech”.

According to Wikipedia, “3D printing is any of various processes in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object, with material being added together.” The technology has already been used in fabricating tools, toys, cars, home construction, airplanes and soon the technology will extend to food and body parts.

3-D printing involves layers and layers and then those layers are stuck together to make the object. In researching 3D printers, I discovered that you can also make a 3D printer using a 3D printer; but, the process is not totally complete. That is why this technology is so dangerous. Think about it!

Much like the AR-15 that is in the hands of folks who should not have them, 3D printers can also end up in the hands of folks who should not have them. 3D printing is fairly new to the average computer user. Like all new technology, prices range from low to high-end, depending on what it is you wish to produce.

I am baffled at what the future possibilities are for 3D printers. While there can be negative possibilities in the wrong hands of 3D users, I can definitely see some great possibilities.

I love taking pictures. I love shopping, but running from store to store gets old. I hate waiting in long lines just to purchase a single item. What if I can take a picture of a dress or shoes and make my own? What if I lost one of my earrings? I could take a picture and print out a replacement.

So, why are we even discussing 3D printers? There is a dark side to 3D printers that you need to know about. Recently in the news, a plastic gun was made in Austin, Texas using a 3D printer and on Monday eight states filed a lawsuit to stop pro-gun advocates from disseminating information online on “how to make a weapon using a 3D printer”.

Can somebody, anybody, tell me what ‘da heck this world is coming to? There is always a way for criminals to get around the legal by “legally” producing a gun on a 3D printer under the protection of “First Amendment Rights”.

While technology is good, it must come with restrictions. And while legislators are on the fence about gun control, they need to get on the defense regarding 3D printers.  According to CNN, a gun was made on a 3D printer costing less than $1,000 and materials only $25.

Here is where the rubber meets the road!!!  You don’t need a permit to purchase a printer! What about the ammunitions? Well, we can print that too.  Y’all better wake up and smell the coffee.

There must be some immediate legislative restrictions for 3D gun manufacturing. This whole thing about gun control is out of control.

1 Comment

  1. Well Regulated Militia on August 3, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    “There is always a way for criminals to get around the legal by “legally” producing a gun on a 3D printer under the protection of “First Amendment Rights”.

    — This is where you are misinterpreting things. The second amendment is what protects our right to bear arms, the first amendment protects the 3D printed files under free speech. It’s always been possible to make your own guns legally and is still doable with some simple tools in your garage– no 3D printer needed. Also, the ammunition is not made with a 3D printer. You still need gun powder and metal for your bullets. Everyone is scared because of the court case involving the right to distribute plans for 3D printed guns but nobody seems to be concerned about the metal guns you can already make with $10 worth of parts from Home Depot.

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