Thingiverse is a site where you can download files for making all sorts of gadgets, doohickeys, and thingamabobs with your 3-D printer. You can even get the files to print toy pistols or stackable ammunition boxes. You can’t, however, download the plans for the Liberator or other “real” guns, but you can make your feelings on the whole idea of printable guns known there (as long as you’re agin’ it). The page with the sign above is titled “guns are bad.” The designer (known only as “Gecko”) says in the description “After being asked 6 times in one day if I was going to print out a gun I thought I needed a simple concise sign. Maybe others will need it too.” . . .
He continues: “I really don’t think guns are baaaad (m’kay). I worked in the firearms industry as an R&D designer for quite a few years and went through the long process leading to manned firings on new weapons. The idea that some idiot will now think its [sic] safe to print something off using any machine using any material with any ammunition type because they saw it on [sic] really scares. Don’t be an idiot please, there is a reason you make guns in a gun factory, not your kitchen.” Well, I guess he told us! And I still plan to try printing one on my 3-D printer the first time I have a couple of days to put into it.
Calvin Broadus…no…Snoop Doggy Dogg…no, uh…Snoop Dogg…no, dammit, uh…Snoop Lion thinks guns are bad, too. He says we need to “end the violence” and “move forward in peace and love.” The former Crips member, convicted felon, pimp, gun owner, marijuana aficionado and gangsta rapper has now started a “No Guns Allowed” movement which he says “is a call to action for people everywhere to come together and help end the senseless gun violence that claims lives every day.”
He’ll even sell you “one-of-a-kind bracelets engraved with a serial number of an illegal gun recently turned in through a gun buyback in Newark, NJ.” (How exactly he knows the gun was “illegal” he doesn’t say.) He also wants everyone to “use a #NoGunsAllowed hashtag on social media to share their personal stories about how gun violence has affected them.” Maybe the victims of his lifestyle and rap lyrics should be the first to do so.
In other celebrity news, actress Katee Sackoff says she lost 100K Twitter followers in 24 hours because she advocated for gun safety instead of gun control in response to a story of a four-year-old who accidentally shot and killed his father. Her story may be true, but that seems like a lot of people bailing in a very short period of time. And since a large number of celebrities have millions of fake followers, the cynic in me that creeps to the surface on rare occasions wonders if this isn’t just a publicity stunt.
The Second Amendment Foundation and the Calgun Foundation filed a suit in 2009 to challenge “California’s regulation that arbitrarily bans handguns based on a roster of ‘acceptable’ handgun models approved by the state.” They’ve now amended that suit to add the newly-activated microstamping regulation.
Gene Hoffman, chairman of the Calguns Foundation explained, “California’s attempt to limit the availability of handguns to her citizens is so broad that it makes it impossible to purchase the revolver that the U.S. Supreme Court has specifically ruled had to be registered to Dick Heller, whose case struck down the District of Columbia’s handgun ban and affirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual civil right….
“The state cannot dictate that some common arms can’t be bought just as they can’t dictate which versions of religious texts are acceptable… Now that the state requires microstamping, it’s unlikely any new make or model of pistol will be added – making it even clearer that this is an incremental ban on firearms.”
An omnibus gun measure cleared the North Carolina Senate Judiciary I Committee earlier this week. It had already passed the House. Under the House version, the bill strengthens penalties for those who commit crimes using a gun and expands where those who have concealed handgun permits may take their guns, including bars and restaurants that serve alcohol.
The Senate revisions eliminate the current requirement to get a pistol purchase permit from their sheriff before buying a handgun and expands the areas where concealed handgun permit holders can carry their weapons to include state parks, parades and funerals. It includes other provisions bound to produce weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth among the Gun Control Industrial Complex.
In Ohio, teachers and school staff are taking courses on how to take down a gunman – and it involves a lot more than locking classroom doors, standing behind a bullet-proof whiteboard or throwing staplers at a shooter. The Buckeye Firearms Association is running a program aimed at arming teachers.
When they announced their first class in December, they had over 1400 staff members sign up for the 24 slots. CNN isn’t too happy with this trend which is gaining momentum, but you know what? I’ll bet if the first staffers Adam Lanza had run up against had been armed, the massacre at Newtown would have been over before the police ever pulled onto campus.
The Virginia Republican Party has backed down from its request for information on concealed weapon permit holders. It seems that a number of the probate court clerks objected and refused to comply with the request. The negative publicity they got from it probably didn’t hurt, either.
There was another rally in Albany, New York yesterday to protest the state’s SAFE gun control legislation. Approximately 1000 people showed up expressing their disapproval of the law, the legislature, and the job Governor Cuomo is doing in (mis)leading the state. This was the fifth such rally and most likely not the last.
In Cinncinnatti, Ohio, Glenn J. Chasteen has been arrested for allegedly robbing a bank using a hand grenade. He “displayed a grenade and gave a bank teller his demand note” then “left the bank with an undisclosed sum.” There was no word on whether the grenade was live or a fake. This just goes to show that when guns are outlawed, only the outlaws will have hand grenades.
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