A Crucial Juncture

3D printed gun blueprints blocked for now; debate intensifies

3D printing burst onto the scene over the last decade as a potentially revolutionary method for manufacturing, design, technology, and training. Applicable to scores of businesses across almost every field—and able to do everything from aiding in production and cutting downtime to printing specialized parts and building entire houses and vehicles—the futuristic innovation was even praised by former president Barack Obama and has fast integrated since.

It may now be reaching its most sensitive juncture.

Guns have not waned as one of America’s most crucial and contentious issues; they may currently be at an all-time peak. As police and school shootings have driven activism to recently unseen heights, Second Amendment advocates have intensified their defense of a right to bear arms. One of those individuals, a Texas man with a history of championing right-to-carry laws and making polarizing statements, sparked fear and outrage when he recently said he would post blueprints of how to make 3D printed guns online.

A Washington state judge fought back on Tuesday, blocking the assertion.

“Attorneys general in eight states and the District of Columbia had filed a joint lawsuit attempting to force the Trump administration to prevent Mr. Wilson’s nonprofit organization, Defense Distributed, from making the technical plans for the plastic guns available online,” the New York Times reported.

Mr. Wilson refers to Cody Wilson, the aforementioned gun rights advocate who is considered an anarchist and stated the blueprints would begin “the age of the downloadable gun”. Wilson had claimed his First Amendment rights gave him legal passage to advocate his Second Amendment stance in this manner.

Most 3D printed guns are likely to be plastic, according to the Times article, and therefore far more difficult to detect than those containing metal. Connecting dots one and two with a conscience would have you feel this method of producing a firearm is astronomically dangerous, and exponentially harder to monitor. Connecting two to three, in my book, would have you arrive at the conclusion that the method is also likely to cater towards those who use firearms for the wrong reasons.

Please let this promising technology continue usage for the right reasons. Manufacture motor parts, not gun parts.

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