Horses, cats, and ships

I’ve noted before that 3D-printed plastic guns are impractical.

So why the emphasis on stopping them?

To suppress the technology

The Darkly Twisted Logic Behind The NRA’s Support For 3D-Printed Guns
“You go down six months, two years, five years, when these things do start to appear, and then they sort of shrug their shoulders and say you can’t regulate these things, the horse is out of the barn,” said Spitzer. “The public policy question is are these worthy of regulation or even prohibition or restriction in the first place, and if they are, what better time to do it than before they become widely in circulation?”

The cat is out of the bag, the horse has left, the barn, that ship sailed, [insert your favored metaphor].

People have been hand-making gun for centuries. 3D printing does make it easier for the unskilled to start from scratch. But you know what? There’s another grand invention that already did that.


Once you could go down to the hardware store and pick up iron pipe in various sizes, anybody could make a gun. And a lot of people did. And do.

Shall we ban indoor plumbing? If it saves just one life?

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