Yesterday a judge blocked the online publication of blueprints for a 3D printed gun. The States who filed the complaint called it, “a bell that cannot be un-rung”. The judge said, “There are 3D printers in public colleges and public spaces and there is the likelihood of potential irreparable harm,”.
So apparently all these folks don’t understand how the Internets works, haven’t heard or understood the word Torrent, and don’t understand the reality of how the planet currently works.
To borrow their term, I can guarantee you that 3D printing of firearms is going to be rung. And it’s going to be rung very, very soon. Soon it’ll be possible for anybody with access to cash to print any kind of gun they want, handgun, shotgun, assault rifle, whatever. It’s going to happen. That’s one of the fearful miracle implications of 3D printing, fueled by an Internets that enables the distribution of any knowledge whatsoever.
For over 15 years terrorists have been capable of teaching 19 year old disgruntled street urchins from Paris and Brussels how to make nail bombs. All of this knowledge is easily accessible online. It’s never going away. If the establishment thinks 3D printed handgun designs will be any different because some judge says so, they’re hopelessly naive.
As another example please kindly gaze upon the disaster that is killing more Americans than cars in oxy and fentanyl. The cops, judges, and legislators went after oxy because it was stacking five figures of dead Americans each year. But then fentanyl materialized out of thin air.
If you haven’t heard, there’s a new villain in town called carfentanil. It’s even more powerful than fentanyl. The number of American overdosing each year is higher than ever. Would you care to take a bet on if the number of dead is going to fall, or if you think carfentanil will be the last drug created out of thin air and pushed on the streets?
The establishment hasn’t caught up with the reality of our new distributed planet. This is the reason Trump was elected, not Russia. But understanding that our planet has changed irreversibly is really fucking hard to grasp. It’s a lot easier for folks to demonize Putin (a cardboard cutout well deserving of the asshole appellation) and move on.
But the opioid epidemic is an example of a massive problem that the establishment cannot solve. Folks want results and government can’t or won’t deliver. Because government hasn’t adapted to a changed world.
What to do? Well, for the drug problem this belligerent degenerate blog has always been about legalizing absolutely everything. Because the government is never going to be able stop drugs. Especially in an age where you can factory manufacture lethal opioids in a lab like it’s aspirin.
Let folks get high, who gives a damn? Treat addiction like the disease it is. Let folks shoot up or drop pills in clinics where they can get help when they inevitably OD and can get advice and support on how to quit. Treat the problem, don’t criminalize it when criminalization hasn’t worked for over 100 years of drug crime fighting.
For 3D printed guns, I don’t know, I haven’t gotten that far yet. But my guess is the answer is probably in the ammunition. I have no idea, but I’m guessing it’s probably a lot harder to make ammo from nothing than to 3D print a gun. Put since the establishment isn’t thinking things through (again) all they’ve got is the order of some judge to try and stop it. It will fail.
Behold that which cannot be stopped.