CNN’s already given Alyssa Milano the panic button and published an op-ed of hers in which she calls 3D-printed guns “downloadable death,” but not everyone who read it was reduced to curling up in the fetal position.
Even though the technology to do this has been around awhile, Washington Post columnist Max Boot claimed it was the Trump administration that was going to “allow” felons, terrorists, and the mentally ill to make their own “ghost weapons” at home.
This is nuts: Trump admin is allowing anyone with a 3D printer—including felons, terrorists, and the mentally ill—to make an untraceable plastic gun. https://t.co/tnPqec4wzZ
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) July 29, 2018
Who is allowing anything? Criminals and terrorists already own whatever they want without regard for the law.
— Mike Rana ✈️??? (@michaelranaii) July 29, 2018
Would it also be correct, then, to say that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel “allowed” more than 3,000 people to get shot in his city last year without a single 3D-printed gun? That’s nuts. Why doesn’t someone pass a law?
No, the DOJ settled a civil lawsuit dealing with free speech and ITAR. If you don't know what all of that is, then you really shouldn't be opining on this. Also, how much carnage can a 3-D printed gun wreak? Answer: Not much.
— Jennifer Van Laar (@jenvanlaar) July 30, 2018
One can really dislike what Defense Distributed stands for and still think about how utterly horrific it would be to imagine a government banning an *idea* embodied in code.
This is a MUCH messier legal rat’s nest than gun control. Don’t fall into the trap.
— Jon Alper (@Jon_Alper) July 29, 2018
Code is speech. Speech is free.
— Felipe (@queirozfcom) July 29, 2018
Problem or not, you simply cannot stop code from being distributed in the internet.
— Eric Sandeen (@esandeen) July 29, 2018
The internet how does it work
— Vareck The Sarcastic Jew (@Gray_Wolfs76) July 31, 2018
We’re really hoping another shiny object catches the press’s attention Tuesday.
— JWF (@JammieWF) July 29, 2018
This is a bit harder to do than folks are making it seem.
— Secret Coran-Stacy (@secretcoran) July 29, 2018
ZOMG, like this has been available to the public for 6 years, and even though it was banned, my 11 year old still could have pulled schematics up in 5 minutes. #Paranoia #ConstantStateOfFear https://t.co/QD9QEt5QsW
— GOP Pouncer⚡ (@Mellecon) July 31, 2018
Plans have been out there for awhile now. How many shootings have we experienced with 3D printed weapons? I think this is being blown way out of proportion
— Nick Mallis (@nMallis253) July 29, 2018
The U.S. media would never blow anything way out of proportion. By the way, when’s CNN’s town hall on this subject?
You do realize that a 3D-Printed gun can only fire one round, right? And that’s if they don’t explode in your hand.
— Chris Dolbow (@dolbow) July 29, 2018
Please, please live stream the test firing.
— Danny Contreras, Jr. (@DanielDannyc12) July 30, 2018
This is not a hill to die on. Plastic guns disintegrate after as little as 1 shot, they do not support large magazines, and they’re very inaccurate. Of all the problems in the country, this is not one to be worried about.
— Charles Schultz (@xkalabr) July 29, 2018
Can 3D printer plastic contain the high pressure from a rifle cartridge without immediate failure? How many bullets can go through a plastic barrel before it melts and becomes an explosive obstruction? A fatal explosion for shooter’s face would occur. Guns must be made of steel.
— John Shuster (@JohnMShuster) July 29, 2018
And just how many rounds do you suppose a 3D-printed plastic gun can fire before it jams due to melting? And how many rounds of conventional ammunition do you suppose can be carried undetected? As a materials engineer, this strikes me as one of the least threatening weapons.
— Joe Hager (@hager_joe) July 30, 2018
A design to build a gun out of plastic isn’t a simple process. When a bullet is struck by the firing pin, large gas pressures occur and if the material can’t withstand those pressures, the gun will come apart with disastrous consequences for the shooter
— Eugene Katzman (@geno6882) July 30, 2018
you do realize you can buy an untraceable gun anywhere in the world right this moment, correct? Yet, Armageddon hasn't arrived thus far.
— James Pillsbury (@JamesPillsbury) July 29, 2018
Drama Queen. Its cheaper to buy a gun off the streets.
— ❌ProudAmerican??Sue❌ (@ChucksWife1973) July 30, 2018
IDK why the mentally ill end up on this list, they're not any more likely than the general population to commit crimes and are more likely than the general population to be the target of violent crimes. So maybe you were thinking "men with a history of domestic violence"
— Krzysztof Sakrejda (@sakrejda) July 30, 2018
You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become Jen Rubin https://t.co/FHrIDqrtkk
— Andrew S. (@shoutingboy) July 31, 2018
Wouldn’t it be easier to come out as a Democrat?
— Unknown Trump Advisor (@sleepywhiner) July 31, 2018
Boot doesn’t even mention that Trump is allowing people to print guns so they can form their own Trump army, right?
It’s a definite fear tactic. Load up the country with guns and if Trump is unhappy, with the exposure of his own corruptness, …he can call up the Trump troops.
— Penny Keenan (@PennyKeenan1) July 30, 2018
Stocking his well trained militia. No accident.
— Impeach Trump NOW ? (@PurlLeslie) July 29, 2018
For an Eastern European style private militia????
— Djon (@kukweb) July 29, 2018
Republicans arming their army.
— Kath Loften (@KathLoften1) July 30, 2018
Trump needs his misfit army ready when the Dems win in Nov.
— Dan Poyourow (@DanPoyourow) July 29, 2018
Yep, warm up those 3D printers for the Blue Wave everyone.
WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE! Alyssa Milano and CNN team up for op-ed about 3D printed guns and it's as bad as it sounds https://t.co/zY3HrbJKm1
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 30, 2018