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Challenge Declined

In July, I announced the 3D AR Challenge in response to idiots like CA AG Becerra, and CNN’s Avlon, who pretend to believe that people are printing all-plastic, “undetectable” (and probably “fully semi-automatic”) AR-15.

OK; Becerra’s from California; he might really believe that.

The challenge: 3D-print a fully-functional, plastic AR-15, and successfully demonstrate it. The first person to do so will win 10 rounds of equally functional, 100% plastic 3D-printed .223 Remington ammunition.

The deadline was August 31.

I regret to inform you that not a single entry was received. I don’t understand; all the victim-disarming rights violators swore this was a thing.[/sarc]

On the bright side, I’m hoping this meant no easily propagandized idiot tried making one and injured or killed himself.

Or maybe someone did, and that’s why they were unable to contact me to enter. Think of it as evolution in action.*

At any rate, Becerra e al, were and are full of… s something other than facts.


* Oath of Fealty; Niven & Pournelle


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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?”
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nra-3d-printed-guns-gun-control_us_5b633bcce4b0fd5c73d762b2

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.

Pipe.

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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