So, should we be afraid to live in a world where anyone can afford the equipment to manufacture a gun in his or her basement? I hope not—because that’s the world we live in now. Guns are comparatively simple devices. In fact, plenty of custom firearms are manufactured today using equipment that wouldn’t be out of place in a basement.
The utility of 3D printed guns isn’t so much that they make the technology of firearms available to anyone. That’s really been the case for centuries. The utility is that it demonstrates that fact in a way that resonates with the “progressive elite” especially those in the old line media, that they were blind to otherwise.
They may never have operated a drill press; they may never have filed a washer to make a shim of the right thickness; they may never have ground a screwdriver blade to the proper size and shape for the task at hand. But, they have operated a printer.
So when someone talks about 3D-printed guns, it comes as a revelation. A “road to Damascus” moment. They understand that it would be possible for them, and almost anyone, to set up a relatively simple machine and hit the “print” button.
They ignored the Pakistan shops in Darra Adam Khel. They ignored the thriving underground Philippine gun industry, the percentage of homemade guns in the District of Columbia, and the Brazilian workshop submachine guns. Yet they find a 3D printed single-shot pistol terrifying.
Ultimately, though, this is a good thing because it brings them a bit closer to understanding the reality beyond their “progressive” theories. Some progressives have actually been known to mature out of progressivism. The more who do, the more we have a chance to escape the devastating consequences of willfully ignorant policy makers.
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