This is the same story we keep hearing over and over again. Cops hears about Defense Distributed’s Liberator, test it out for themselves, and watch as any last shred of hope of being able to control the proliferation of firearms disintegrates. It’s something that supporters of the Second Amendment are loving, but gives police state advocates nightmares. The latest example comes from the former prison colony of Australia . . .
From The Age:
From 16 parts it only took police 27 hours to build the guns. Despite the how-to guide being removed from the web earlier this month at the request of the US government, it has already been downloaded 100,000 times across the world and remains available on file-sharing networks.
“Make no mistake they will kill at both ends,” Mr Scipione said.
“It is an offence to make, an offence to possess and an offence to use,” he said.
Yeah, their gun blew up. But I get the distinct impression they wanted it to blow, and did everything in their power to make it do so. As they said in the article, everything about this gun is already illegal in Australia. But there’s not a single damned thing keeping every Aussie with a 3D printer from cranking them out 24/7. So the only thing they have left is fear, trying to scare Ozzies away from making them.
The Tarkin doctrine has never worked. The tighter your grip, the more star systems will fall through your fingers. But it isn’t going to keep them from trying.
As I have said before, the Liberator design is not the end-all, be-all of 3D printed firearms design. It’s just a baby step. The original design has already been modified and remixed for increased durability and reliability. But that’s not something that the older generation understands. But it’s just beginning to dawn on them that it represents the destruction of the last hurdle that’s keeping every person in the world from owning a gun. Maybe not this specific gun, but the designs that it will inspire.