Any time there’s a senseless, random mass shooting, the responses come in waves — and senseless, random mass shootings have become so common that you can all but set your watch by those responses anymore. First, there’s shock. Then, there’s the insistence that “now is not the time” to talk about guns, or to “politicize a tragedy.” And then the anti-gun people either wait a while or don’t, and start talking about gun control, and then the pro-gun people start talking about arming everyone, and comparing outlawing guns to outlawing cars and spoons and fertilizer. And then the blaming starts: of parents, of a deficient mental health system, even (this time) the lack of men around. Alex Jones will lead the charge of tinfoil hat-sporting nutjobs claiming that the whole thing was a government operation enabling them to “come git our guns.” And, at some point in the midst of all that, it will be time to blame pop culture. … Read More
Printing out a handgun from your home computer may sound like a far-fetched dystopian science fiction plot, but Defense Distributed, a group run by 24-year-old University of Texas law student Cody Wilson is trying to make it a reality.
Forbes reports that Defense Distributed has launched a new fundraising campaign called the Wiki Weapon Project. They are looking to raise $20,000 to take advantage of the bourgeoning market for 3D printer technology, enabling anyone with adequate resources to easily replicate a fully operational handgun at home while sitting around in their pajamas and waiting for total societal collapse. All one would need for this DIY artillery venture is an open-source 3D printer called RepRap, priced under $1000, and access to the project’s CAD templates. The printer will layer threads of plastic with astonishing precision into the shape of a gun capable of firing ordinary .22 caliber bullets. … Read More