Jesus this is scary: a printable gun in the works

Disruptions: With a 3-D Printer, Building a Gun With the Push of a Button by Nick Bilton for The New York Times Oct. 7, 2012

It won’t be long before a felon, unable to buy a gun legally, can print one at home. Teenagers could make them in their bedroom while their parents think they are “playing on their computer.” I’m talking about a fully functional gun, where the schematic is downloaded free from the Internet and built on a 3-D printer, all with the click of a button.


“What’s great about the Wiki Weapon is it only needs to be lethal once,” Mr. Wilson says in the video, in a monotone voice. “We will have the reality of a weapons system that can be printed out from your desk. Anywhere there is a computer, there is a weapon.”

The future.  It is scary.


2 Comments on “Jesus this is scary: a printable gun in the works”

  1. Why does the idea of people being able to fabricate firearms frighten you so? Felons don’t NEED to fabricate the firearms they want. The black market in firearms (and I am not referring to regular private sales) is thriving. It is a simple matter for criminals to acquire pretty much any sort of weapon they desire. No law can possibly control that. If such folks could be constrained by law, they wouldn’t be criminals in the first place. Disarming the populace only increases the likelihood that law abiding people will be preyed upon by scofflaws.

    I will close with this. Quoting Cesare Beccaria, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

    • Dan says:

      I appreciate your interest in this issue, and your taking the time to comment here on my blog. Ultimately, what scares me about easily fabricated (or obtained) guns is that I can imagine many more scenarios of them being used rashly and unsafely than of them being needed for legitimate lawful purposes. I think back to a friend of mine drunkenly unloading his handgun into another friend’s yard or the countless kids who have been shot when finding mom or dad’s gun, not to citizens printing up guns to “prevent homicides.”

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