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I'm sorry, but the kerfuffle over 3D printer guns is just stupid.

If you're talking plastic 3D printed guns, sure, they're potentially concealable from X-ray and magnetic detection, but the bullets still aren't, and you can't 3D print gunpowder. A 3D printer is still at least a couple times more expensive than going to the store and buying a conventionally-produced handgun.

As for metal 3D printed guns, the process still involves something like a forge to sinter the metal pieces. The equipment for 3D metal printing is far more expensive than for plastic (as is the metal dust used in the process) and you could buy a lot of guns for the price of getting the operation set up.

Or, you could hire a bunch of Filipino guys to make the guns out of scrap metal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fna9WEO6BjE

And you still can't print the ammo.

No he wouldn't. Jefferson really would not think anything we have or do is magic. The guy was an enlightenment thinker with the interests and education of an engineer autodidact. People were inventing shit around him all the time. Hell--he clipped the magical bits out of the bible in order to focus on what was real. He was thinking about, and cognizant of, the difference between magic and technology: hell, da Vinci had drawn up plans for a flying machine and people had explored and were exploring electricity, the vacuum, and etc... all around him.

I really think the point she is making, although I agree with a generic anti-second amendment stance, is a stupid one.

It is more the case that if Jefferson had anticipated how incredibly vile and stupid his countrymen would turn out to be, and how they would misunderstand what a well regulated militia is, he would have demanded the second amendment be written entirely differently. And that is even though Jefferson was, as I understand it, an anti federalist.

AMC gets it mostly right by the end, but that first quoted graf is a moron.

The very one thing that biographers of all stripes can agree with was that Ol' TJ was notorious for fiddling with contraptions and ideas obsessively. That he'd throw his hands up, declare magic and acquiesce to ignorance is obscenely stupid. A 3D printed gun (or civilian airliner) would have made him sleepless for weeks as he'd try to suck up the underlaying technology and as well as the manufacturing process - if he wasn't dead, he'd kill himself trying to work it out. And then resurrect again to make the 1000 arguments for liberty or Federalism the technologies clearly demanded in his intellect.

only muskets.

I'll concede the point about TJ and magic although he was in fact a politician who could turn on a dime. This feature to me is about the writing more than the argument and those are some well crafted sentences by Ana Marie.

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