Why would anyone want a plastic gun that takes hours to make on an
expensive 3D printer, and will only fire 1 shot, when for about $10
worth of hardware from Lowe's or HD they can make a reliable shotgun that,
though time consuming to reload, will last indefinitely?
There is always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat,
plausible, and wrong." (H L Mencken)
Another non-issue... Armored cockpit doors installed post-9/11 makes
anything but bombs pretty much useless in commandeering airliners. That is
what led to the changes recently that allows for small pocket knives, nail
clippers, etc., to be carried on-board again...
Seriously? The risk of being struck by lightening is way higher than the
risk of this for all but a small number of people in the world... They have
security details and technology on their side. On the other hand, while at
an academic law conference in Phoenix I heard one participant remark that
the most dangerous place in Washington, DC is between Chuck Schumer and a
television camera. I chuckled at the time but from what I've seen since
then I believe there is a lot of truth to that: It is no surprise that he is
out talking of the fantasy evils of these guns...
The regs are changing... http://www.tsa.gov/pil-sharpobjects and
How about getting past the metal detectors at federal courthouses? The
Capitol? And other similar places.
Fortunately, my state (Texas) allows regular concealed handguns in the
capitol, the governor's office, just about anywhere.
The response was to TSA detection... However, that said, we as a society,
need to forget the notion of stopping ALL violent crime and stopping ALL
terrorism through legislation and law enforcement. It is an impossible state
of affairs for a number of reasons. Firstly, a goal oriented attacker will
find a means to attack whether it's legal or not. In line with this thread,
making 3D printed non-metallic guns illegal will not stop people from making
them... and it will not stop people from substituting other weapons. In
theory if there were armed, skilled police officers assigned to follow
everyone 24/7 crime and terrorism could be eliminated... but to hire that
many police surely criminals would be hired and the taxes would be pretty
unreasonable for all... there is plenty of historical information to support
How odd... a government that trusts it's people! Then again, the "unpaid"
police force that it creates further raises the opportunity costs to
criminals and thus supplements the paid police with no increase in taxes. A
win/win for society.
Heh! Imagine a MSM journalist with a Concealed Handgun License (CHL)! That's
exactly what happened in Texas - they must really be conflicted.
Here's what happened: A couple of years ago, some dufus exited our state
capitol, pulled out his pistol and popped a few rounds into the air. This
freaked out some, so a policy was put in place to require passing through a
metal detector for visitors to the building.
This rule, however, conflicted with state law on, as you said, trusting
those with a CHL.
So, a separate queue was set up for CHL holders - "Speak Friend, and Enter"
(flash your license and boogie). So, if you're a reporter, and want to avoid
the sometimes lengthy metal-detector line, you get the license.
One wonders how the media types sleep at night...
I'm no fan of the bias exhibited by the press. However, like with painting
all gun owners with the same brush there is risk with painting all
journalists with the same brush... Personally I know a guy who spent his
career in the newspaper industry as a reporter, editor and managing editor.
He also taught journalism at a SUNY school which is where I first
encountered him. He was also the student advisor for the Legislative
Gazette, a publication held in high regard by all parties. While there he
mentored hundreds of journalism students. http://www.legislativegazette.com/
Later I encountered him at a gun show... turns out he was a gun dealer too!
The last time I saw him was in a State Senator's office in Albany, NY where
we were both there to discuss some pending legislation that was not
justified by anything but emotions and lots of irrationality. The recent
SAFE Act includes pretty much all of it... the story of which needs no
Maybe the MSM journalist is a closet gun owner? ;~)
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