So there’s this thing call “3D printing” where you can melt plastic and create layer after layer in order to get a 3D object.
Turns out you can make real, fireable guns using 3D printing.
Here’s my question: do you think making guns should be banned?
I tend to think even if it is banned, it won’t fundamentally stop dangerous people from making them. And what if hunters or marksmen can create more affordable weapons and practice their art?
It’s a difficult question. More data is needed on 1) Whether such banning decreases our artistic license and freedom of creation and 2) Whether banning actually reduces dangerous behavior.
Kev Sheldrake has pointed out that some of his informed friends believe that a 3D printed gun would not be able to survive more than one round.
However, it’s been concretely shown that 3D printed guns can survive more than one round.
The frightening part of plastic guns is not just that they can be made for cheap with a 3D printer, some plastic, and the blueprints, but that these guns can pass through metal detectors unnoticed.