Guns are obviously a problem in New York because people use them to kill each other, which at it’s root, is the general problem with guns. We have the same thing in Chicago. Luckily here, even though we have like, 20 shootings a night, our gang bangers have such bad aim that your chance of dying from a shooting is less likely. In New York, being killed by a stray bullet meant for a drug dealer is a bit higher.
So it might make sense to be concerned about guns. But guns that exist. Or could exist. But probably not guns that exist in someone’s mind. And more importantly, not guns that exist only in Rep. Steve Israel‘s mind. But Rep. Steve Israel is very worried about guns that exist in only Rep. Steve Israel’s mind. Because guns that exist in his mind could possibly exist some day. Which is something we should all probably be worried about. Or something.
“Recent reports have pointed to the new possibility of building guns at home using a 3-D printer,” Israel’s website states. “Right now, plastic guns are illegal under the Undetectable Firearms Act, but this law is set to expire next year.”
3-D printers, which have been available since the 1980s, take two-dimensional plans and convert them to three-dimensional objects, which are then usually made from plastic…
“Printing all of the parts to make a gun at home isn’t feasible,” Israel’s website notes, but “we should act now to give law enforcement authorities the power to stop the development of these weapons before they are as easy to come by as a Google search.”
Here’s the problem. One, people have tried to make plastic weapons and because of the way a gun needs to be structured, they simply don’t work. At least not yet, probably because the parts have to be printed by a 3D printer that focuses on basic structure and not strength. Of course, now that Israel has made this a very imminent priority, I can see a lot of people trying this now, of course, because a law that pre-empts a violent act is more of a challenge than a restraint, obviously.
Plus, like, if someone is going to defy the gun control laws, wouldn’t it also go without saying that they’d be likely to defy a law that controlled them printing their own?
Common sense has no place here, obviously. We’re making imaginary guns illegal. But come on.