Although 3D printed guns are not new, Democrats are now blaming them for the current rise in gun crime. Of course, they have no interest in looking at their failed policies, like reducing gun crimes to misdemeanors. As with everything, it must be the guns—it’s always the guns. Especially with the rise of the “ghost gun.”
Things Are Looking Bleak, It Must Be the 3D Printed Guns
To hear gun control proponents tell it, you would think that guns are autonomous objects, with free thought. As if the people committing the crimes are merely concerned citizens haplessly clinging to the grip of their guns in an effort to prevent the carnage, as they are drug from crime scene to crime scene. However, despite their best efforts to stop the guns from killing, it is to no avail.
And now, like something out of The Terminator, the guns are making more of themselves with 3D printers. They are literally reproducing. It’s horrifying and must be stopped.
Of course, we know this is nonsense. But it isn’t stopping the Biden Administration from targeting them in a new gun control push.
According to a Yahoo News report, “The justice department will open a national ‘Ghost Gun Initiative’ to pursue federal charges against those involved in the trade of such weapons, President Joe Biden has said.”
He went on to state, “If you commit a crime with a ghost gun, not only are state and local prosecutors going come after you, but expect federal charges and federal prosecution as well.”
However, in a KRQE Albuquerque report, the FBI clearly states that “Gun crime equals federal time, no parole.”
The report goes on to say, “Since 2017, federal officials say at least 500 cases have been [taken] out of state courts to be prosecuted in federal courts.”
So, either this is all just more hyperbolic political theater due to the upcoming midterms or this administration isn’t aware this is already a thing. Personally, I think it is a combination of both.
Media to the Rescue
In an effort to garner support for these new measures, Yahoo News reports, “The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) said that 10,000 were recovered in 2019. Since 2016, about 25,000 privately made guns have been confiscated nationwide, according to a New York Times report. About 325 were used in homicides, an unnamed senior US official said on Thursday.”
However, in a Fox13 article, “The report said while ATF ‘reports that only a limited number of 3-D printed firearms have been used in crimes,’ it also doesn’t have a clear system in place for keeping track of the homemade weapons seized from crime scenes.”
So, to be clear, the ATF admits that only a limited number of 3D printed guns have been used in a crime. Not to mention the fact that they have no system for keeping track of them. But an “anonymous source” for Yahoo News gives an exact number of homicides that involved 3D guns, without citing one single source. And people in corporate media wonder why no one trusts them anymore.
What Say You?
As we like to do with these hot button topics, we reached out to you to gauge public opinion. Last Wednesday we asked, in our weekly Real Talk segment on Facebook, what you think about 3D printed guns.
One reader sees them in the same way as corporate manufacturing, “Absolutely nothing wrong with them whatsoever. They are inanimate objects; just like guns that are manufactured using more traditional methods.”
For another, live as you will, “Have no issue with them in any way. Print as many as you want.”
However, do homemade firearms pose any potential risks? Maybe due to the legality, materials, or lack of understanding of the process?
One reader feels that you are free to do as you please, at your own risk, “An interesting hobby. Should not be regulated or restricted. Let the buyer (and builder) beware.”
“As a last resort,” says one reader who won’t discount them but also won’t rely on one as a primary.
Another commenter is not so sure about the legality, “Interesting concept, but has a long way to go to become a viable option for LEGAL carry and defense.”
A lack of knowledge has one reader leery, “I know almost nothing about 3D printing[,] materials, durability, etc.”
I think one commenter echoed the sentiment of many when pointing out the expense of it all, “I wish I could afford a 3D printer.”
Last but most assuredly not least, I think I found my spirit animal with one comment. While there are inherent risks, as with anything, sometimes you simply have to say:
“I would love to try one.”