Has Technology Killed Gun Control?

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    Has Technology Killed Gun Control?

    Recently there has been some buzz about Cody Wilson's 3D printed plastic gun. So much so that the Fed promptly shut down access to Defense Distributed downloadable files. Well it seems that you really can't put the put the genie back in the bottle. Just as technology has brought the price of 3D printing within the grasp of normal people (think http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page) it seems that affordable CNC technology may be right around the corner as well.





    Maybe I'll have to rethink this whole Luddite thing I've got going on...
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    I don't know what all the fuss is about building guns at home. Once you have a rudimentary lathe, you're good to go....

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    Actually I think we've been past the point of effective gun control for a long time, in that regard. Guns really aren't that complex, and machine tools and materials have become continually more common and higher quality over the last century. Most of us probably live within a few miles of a shop that could make a few 1911's when no one's looking. Still, the easier it gets the better.

    The primer and propellant are the harder part.

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    The 3D printed gun has more utility outside the USA, places where ordinary people are not allowed to own firearms.

    In the US, we already have access to much better than that.
    No internal lock or magazine disconnect on my pistols!

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    Has Technology Killed Gun Control?
    Nope. 'Cause it's not about the technology or the tools. It's about control.

    Hopefully this and many other improvements will help make it a practical impossibility for the Luddites, yes. But I don't see it changing their vehemence and efforts to destroy liberty, no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Nope. 'Cause it's not about the technology or the tools. It's about control.

    Hopefully this and many other improvements will help make it a practical impossibility for the Luddites, yes. But I don't see it changing their vehemence and efforts to destroy liberty, no.
    Those who are so worked up about 3D printed guns, etc., are not Luddites by any stretch. As you said, "...it's not about the technology or the tools. It's about control." You won't find them objecting to microchipping, microstamping, biometric controls, or any other measures that would facilitate gun (and people) control.

    They are not opposed to technology; they are opposed to guns, and to freedom.
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    I'd say it did (or should have, if the other side had any sense) a long time ago. A zip gun isn't hard to make and the materials are easily available and cheap which is why they're commonly used by criminals in countries where a real gun is too hard or expensive to get ahold of. People will always find a way to get what they want.

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    If anything technology has expanded the scope of gun control from just the realm of control of arms but to the control of information. Right now in the media we hear these same controllers lamenting the fact that you can get blueprints for firearms, bombs, and instructions for poisons online. These have always been available in print medium for a great deal of time now and it has been the nearly unmentioned because they have had more definitive protections via the first amendment. Now that the level of accessibility has increased via the internet those people who are afraid of the information are anxious to restrict that access. So like they've always done they will squack about how it all needs to be restricted rather than punishing those who would misuse the information just like they try to restrict arms rather then punish the individuals who use them with criminal intent.

    It may not be within the scope of a 2nd amendment forum but it's just as important to protect the First amendment with as much ferocity as we do the second.

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