The Senate is expected to vote today on H.R. 3626, the 10-year extension of the "Undetectable Firearms Act" passed last Tuesday in the House--nearly unopposed by the GOP and NRA, and actively supported by the ostensibly "pro-gun" National Shooting Sports Foundation. Apparently believing that the American public had not yet been subjected to enough ridiculous fearmongering over the supposed "undetectability" of firearms printed from plastic, ABC's Katie Couric ran a short segment on her show, "Katie," last week, titled, perhaps not surprisingly, "The Dark Side of 3D Printers."
Featuring a diverse lineup of guests representing two facets of forcible citizen disarmament fanaticism--anti-gun law enforcement (retired, in this case), and professional anti-gun lobbyist--the show endeavors to explain how more ready access to the palladium of liberty is "the dark side" of 3-D printing technology. One cannot help but wonder, were there some way 3-D printers could contribute to oppressive governance, if that would be "the bright side" of the technology.
Couric went first to former FBI agent Brad Garrett, now ABC's crime and terrorism "expert." Asked how law enforcement feels about printed guns, Garrett said that they are a "nightmare for law enforcement," and he immediately cites his greatest concern:
They have no idea who has them, to begin with.
That, of course, is what this column has argued all along. The question of these guns being "undetectable" (a very dubious contention) is at best a very distant second to the fact that guns that one can produce in one's own home make "prohibited person" bans, background checks, and arbitrary limits on firearms' capability irrelevant. Consider also, by the way, the fact that this former FBI agent--apparently highly regarded in law enforcement circles--refers to law enforcement's "no idea who has" guns as a "nightmare." Kinda sheds some light on accusations that gun owner's belief that the other side seeks a national gun registry is "paranoid," doesn't it?
Couric and Garrett spoke with breathless concern about an incident last July in which an Israeli reporter twice sneaked a printed gun past Knesset security, once to a speech given by Prime Minister Netanyahu. There is no mention of whether or not ammunition was also smuggled in, without which the "gun" becomes no more effective a weapon than a rather clumsy plastic bludgeon.
Couric's other guest was Brady Campaign president Dan Gross. Just as with Garrett, the first point Gross brought up was not the guns' notional ability to go "undetected" in security scans, but the fact that this technology threatens to put guns beyond any kind of government control, or even knowledge:
One of the big things that we can do is keep guns out of the hands of the people that we all agree shouldn't have them. Ah, this will basically allow guns to be made without any idea who's making those guns.
That, of course, is precisely what is so exciting about this technology--the fact that it promises to put the final nail in the coffin of the government's hopes of disarming those whom the regime has designated "unsuitable" to exercise the Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms.
To Couric and her guests, that's the "dark side" of 3-D printing technology--the fact that we the people can use it to help enforce shall not be infringed.
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