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3D printers could force the NRA to beg for government regulation (Hurl/language warning)
Pando Daily ^ | January 12, 2013 | Professor Adam Penenberg, editor

Posted on 01/16/2013 3:20:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

In the wake of the Newtown massacre and other tragic shootings over the years, which have led to calls for stricter gun control, the National Rifle Association has remained steadfastly opposed to any increased regulation of firearms. In fact, Wayne LaPierre, its CEO and executive vice president, claims the problem isn’t too many guns but too few. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun,” he said, “is a good guy with a gun,” and proposed placing armed guards in every school.

Putting aside LaPierre’s Looney Tunes argument, I can envision a day in the not-so-far future when the NRA would not only countenance greater government regulation it would demand it. In this way the NRA would mimic the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which promotes the music industry’s agenda, and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the trade group for Hollywood.

The driving force for this change is the 3D printer, which is to the gun industry what cassette recorders and Napster were to music and the VCR and Bit Torrent have been to Hollywood. It’s a device with the potential to move manufacturing and production into the home, fabricating everything from bath plugs to prosthetics, guitars, trumpet mouthpieces. In Tokyo the Clone Factory will print out a doll-sized replica of you while SmartPlanet reports that another Japanese company will, for $1,230, create a plastic replica of a fetus from information gleaned from an MRI scan. A “chemputer” can spit out prescription drugs. NASA relies on 3D printers to test components. So does Ford. Quirky casts product prototypes from 3D printers.

Not only is the cost of 3D printers going down, they are going mainstream. Staples is testing out 3D printer kiosks in stores in Belgium and the Netherlands...

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TOPICS: Heated Discussion
KEYWORDS: 3dprinters; banglist; firearms; guncontrol; nra; secondamendment
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1 posted on 01/16/2013 3:20:16 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
First stage toward Star Trek-like "replicator technology". In the meantime much thought will need to be given to what critical components need to be designed to provide individuals with inexpensive, easily made, and otherwise undetectable weapons for personal protection.

Let's say we need something that is purely defensive but leaves your attackers totally helpless ~ we have that today in the GREEN LASER POINTER. Sure, they've been cut in power, but through the magic of autofocusing systems and optical enhancements (lenses) it should be quite feasible to GANG ordinary off the shelf pointers in such a way that they are able to deliver a light signal on target sufficient to burn out a retina. I'm sure someone can work up a bracket to aid in this and spin it out on a 3D printer as the need arises.

You can then walk up to your assailant and take his guns away ~ what's not to like about that eh!

2 posted on 01/16/2013 3:30:33 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yep, the same way photocopiers put book stores out of business.

3 posted on 01/16/2013 3:30:47 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Once again, technology scares the bureaucrats for putting ever increasingly more things out of their control.

4 posted on 01/16/2013 3:33:32 PM PST by Shadow44
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To: Shadow44

We are about to see a sudden rise in hobbyist metalworking.

Every tool you need can be had at Harbor Freight for under $100 to easily fabricate a mag. And the average guy has 80% of those already. Add a spot or Mig welder and you can go into business selling prebent boxes. Which is all a mag is. A metal box with a spring. Just sell the pieces individually as doorstops and paperweights.

5 posted on 01/16/2013 3:54:02 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: muawiyah

No ‘new’ technology needed.

There are plans on the internet for a ‘blinder’ made from an old 35mm Camera Strobe Light and a Fresnel Lens.

6 posted on 01/16/2013 6:17:48 PM PST by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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It’s not so much question of new vs old tech, but what’s most readily available today. Green laser pointers are available. Also, some applications are so obvious we dont’ even need plans ~

7 posted on 01/16/2013 6:26:42 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
3D printers are less of a disruptive technology than low cost CNC machines, and the dropping cost of machinery and power tools in general due to low cost Asian manufacturers.

But firearms, while crucially important for personal defense, aren't the really disruptive technology. The really disruptive technology is all around us, namely cell phones with data links, GPS sensors, and internet access, and all manner of systems based on low cost computing.

All of the necessary technology for surveillance, data gathering, and producing interactive maps is already available. That technology can be used by the government to limit freedom, but also by the public to protect freedom. With close enough surveillance of the government itself, it becomes very hard for the state to infringe on the rights of the citizens.

8 posted on 01/16/2013 7:35:35 PM PST by freeandfreezing
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To: freeandfreezing

DIY Drones

9 posted on 01/16/2013 7:58:37 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This article in Forbes has more information on the project by Defense Distributed to demonstrate how firearm parts can be made with 3D printers.

It also has links to their website, and some typically misinformed quotes from The Coalition to Stop Handgun Violence:

"The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence does not. “High capacity magazines are part of the weapons of choice of mass murderers,” says the group’s executive director Josh Horwitz. ... And police say that Newtown, Connecticut shooter Adam Lanza may have allowed some of his victims to escape while he reloaded his smaller clips."

“The more opportunities to stop a mass shooter, the better,” says Horwitz.

Apart from the usual terminology error, I find it appalling that Mr. Horwitz wants victims of a mass shooter to be limited to trying to grab the weapon during magazine swaps, something most people don't stand a chance at trying.

10 posted on 01/16/2013 8:10:40 PM PST by freeandfreezing
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To: muawiyah
...but what’s most readily available today.

And of course, you are correct.

Also, some applications are so obvious we dont’ even need plans ~

Flying insect spray, for example ?

11 posted on 01/17/2013 11:14:11 PM PST by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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Empty wine bottles filled with inflammable liquid, stoppered with a rag which is set aflame and tossed. These take guts ‘cause you gotta’ get within throwing distance ~ but first, notice these Soviet troops in Budapest in 1956 pushing back the Hungarian resistance with HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES and PISTOLS. EXACTLY why the leftwingtards want to give their government control of your stuff. Just ask Obamugabe what side he takes when he reads about 1956 ~ give you one guess. It ain’t the guys who have nothing but Molotov cocktails.

12 posted on 01/18/2013 12:15:21 AM PST by muawiyah
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