August 2, 2018

3D Gun Blueprints

We're officially on Insta! Did I throw on a blazer at 5 am for all you lovely people? You bet I did!

hours before they were set to hit the internet... The decision blocked a settlement President Donald Trump’s administration had reached with a Texas-based company which initially said it planned to put files online on Wednesday.” (Reuters)

It’s worth noting that current federal law

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The left is divided.

“The ability to circumvent lawful and reasonable processes for purchase will undermine the work of all law enforcement.

Washington Post

. Simply stated, the laws covering the manufacture of traditional guns need to apply to the creation of 3D guns as well. That means we also need mandatory background checks for all gun buyers, including online, at gun shows, and for all 3D-printed guns.

“From what we’ve already learned by examining the Liberator handgun, we can see that the gun is


“The value of free speech outweighs whatever benefits may come from making it a bit harder for people to figure out how to make illegal weapons... Guns made on 3-D printers may also cause harm, but that doesn’t mean they should be outside the First Amendment.”


Regarding the deployment of an aircraft carrier and bombers, many note that the US “has a long history of provoking, instigating, or launching wars based on dubious, flimsy, or manufactured threats… The most egregious case was the U.S. invasion of Iraq, in 2003, which was based on bad intelligence that Baghdad had active weapons-of-mass-destruction programs. The repercussions are still playing out sixteen years (and more than four thousand American deaths) later… The sense of foreboding is tangible.”
Robin Wright, The New Yorker

Trump's “goal, it seems, is to put so much pressure on Tehran that it has no choice but to completely change its behavior — but he could end up leading the countries to the brink of war in the process… Now is typically the time when cooler heads prevail, but it’s unclear if there are cooler heads around… It’s hard to overstate how avoidable this situation was.”
Alex Ward, Vox

“In theory, there’s no reason why a bad businessman can’t go on to become a good president. But a commander-in-chief whose signature legislative achievement expanded tax loopholes that he himself describes as grossly unfair is pretty much a bad president, by definition.”
Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

The right believes the first amendment protects dissemination of 3-D printed gun designs, noting that such designs are already widely available on the internet.

The right believes the first amendment protects dissemination of 3-D printed gun designs, noting that such designs are already widely available on the internet.

Gun blueprints “are nothing more than information... If any readers are fans of ‘Breaking Bad,’ you might be pleased to know that publishing or downloading Walter White’s meth recipe—were it a real thing—would be fully protected by the First Amendment, even if following the recipe to create the Blue Sky product would land you in the pokey.”

The Federalist

“You don’t need a license to make a gun for personal use; you need one only if you make a gun for sale or distribution... [in addition] plastic-gun plans are but one Google search away for every man, woman, and child in the United States. Just before I wrote this piece, I typed a single phrase and found plans for multiple guns.”

National Review

Moreover, “you didn’t need to wait for 3D printers or fancy plans to know how to build a gun at home... Instead, you can find a free online copy of that old army handbook and just open to the section on firearms... Whether or not the Internet or the 3D printer gives more people the ability to make guns, it will remain just as illegal as it ever was to go around brandishing them, pointing them at people, or of course shooting them, or providing them to convicted felons.”

Washington Examiner

Worth noting: “In all, one is looking at $2,500 to $2,700 for a [3-D printed] handgun. Why would a criminal pay that when he can go into a dark alley in any Democrat-controlled city — i.e., Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis, New Orleans, Houston–and buy a stolen [gun] for $300 or $400?”


Some argue, “It stands to reason that if Kim is willing to starve his own people, deprive his economy of any growth, and pour billions of dollars into missile tech, he will, at some point, develop weapons America and its allies mastered decades ago. And short of an invasion or a diplomatic agreement, under the present circumstances, there is very little we can do to stop him… Taking a hardline approach—what many call the ‘big deal’—or only granting sanctions relief after full denuclearization and the end of Kim’s missile programs is completely impractical and something North Korea would never agree to… only a step-by-step process of disarming Pyongyang, where each side gets a benefit for making a concession, will work.”
Harry J. Kazianis, The American Conservative

Others posit that “the reason Kim is developing missiles that can strike Seattle or LA is that 28,000 U.S. troops are in South Korea… If we cannot persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons in return for a lifting of sanctions, perhaps we should pull U.S. forces off the peninsula and let China deal with the possible acquisition of their own nuclear weapons by Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan…

“After an exhausting two weeks [between North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, and others], one is tempted to ask: How many quarrels, clashes and conflicts can even a superpower manage at one time? And is it not the time for the United States, preoccupied with so many crises, to begin asking, ‘Why is this our problem?’”
Pat Buchanan, Townhall

“The Democrats want to talk to Don McGahn, and maybe they will ultimately prevail in court to get his testimony, but what’s the point? McGahn talked extensively to Mueller, and surely everything remotely damaging is already in the report

“Congress has the report, and now it is up to it to decide. But it doesn’t want to. It’s too painful to admit that the Mueller report was a bust on Russia and that the obstruction material, while damaging to Trump, is hardly a slam dunk; that the public doesn’t support impeachment; that if the House goes through with it anyway, it will end with a whimper in the Senate; and that it’s better for Democrats to focus on beating Trump in 2020 than a forlorn impeachment.”
Rich Lowry, National Review

A libertarian's take

“The scoop reflects poorly on Trump, who willfully misled the public for a decade in hopes of fraudulently representing himself as a man with a Midas touch. But he could not have succeeded without the assistance of many Americans, some mercenary, others over-credulous, who helped to spread the deceit and deception, generating countless newspaper articles, magazine stories, and TV segments that misinformed the public about the publicity hound’s record in business. New evidence of his staggering losses in that decade therefore provides an apt occasion to reflect on the media’s complicity in Trump’s brazen deceit and deception… Let [this] be a lesson for today’s tabloids, gossip columnists, over-credulous or mercenary journalists, and reality-television producers.”
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

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