Monday, May 06, 2013

Freedom is in the gunsights of the holder

Save us from 25 year old glibertarians with big brains and little vision. Defense Distributed successfully test-fired their 3D printed, nearly all plastic gun this week.

It took some amount of nerve to actually fire it by hand since an earlier string pulled test with a higher caliber bullet exploded the whole damn gun. We should qualify that the gun does have one non-plastic component, "a common hardware store nail used as its firing pin." It also incorporates a strip of non-functional metal somewhere in the body in order to render it detectable to security gates.

The owner of Defense Distributed Cody Wilson is a self-described American crypto-anarchist, free-market anarchist, and law student. He's going to post the schematics on his website for free. Clearly he's not stupid and understands the gun can be built without the metal detector strip allowing it to be carried past any security device. That doesn't concern him:
But Wilson denies advocating any sort of violent revolt in America. Instead, he argues that his goal is to demonstrate how technology can circumvent laws until governments simply become irrelevant. “This is about enabling individuals to create their own sovereign space…The government will increasingly be on the sidelines, saying ‘hey, wait,’” says Wilson. “It’s about creating the new order in the crumbling shell of the old order.”

Wilson doesn’t deny that his gun could be used for murder or political violence. “I recognize that this tool might be used to harm people. That’s what it is: It’s a gun,” he says. “But I don’t think that’s a reason to not put it out there. I think that liberty in the end is a better interest.”
Because nothing shouts freedom louder than providing the means for any homicidal maniac to produce a gun that can be carried undetected into any building. Ought to be very popular with disgruntled ex-husbands and crackpot sovereign citizens with visions of Wolverines dancing in their heads. What's even crazier is, the government gave him a license to be a certified firearm manufacturer.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I'm somewhat skeptical. Perhaps the next step is plastic bullets, since ordinary ammo shows up very nicely on x rays but plastic daggers are available and I haven't heard of any incidents with them.

An adept machinist has been able to use plastics to make a gun all along and so far there hasn't been a problem - this just makes it easier.

Someone looking to get off one shot and get out might find it attractive, but a gun without metal parts isn't going to let you shoot your way out of anything.

Remember all the hoopla about plastic guns back in the '90s? Turns out all kinds of guns with plastic receivers are already out there -- like the Glocks so many cops use. That was much ado about nothing.

this gun will surely show up very well on the new airport scanners - a windfall for people who make those machines and for the security people who make money on our fear. I'll bet they're happy about this new fear of ours. Fear sells.

9:54:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

It's only a single shot unit so far, so for me it's not so much fear as annoyance with the hare-brained idea that this is a tool for freedom and it feeds into the whole "they're coming to take our guns" paranoia. It also feels like a big grift to me on some level. It's non-prof, but I'd bet he's paying himself to run the company. Would love to see their financial statement.

11:15:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Was it Day of the Jackal that featured a plastic pistol? But yes, promoting that paranoia is big business and a profitable business and it's been very successful. I wonder (but not very much) about who profits most from this divide and conquer thing. I good number of the Obama haters and Democrat bashers I know are all about gun paranoia and about nothing else. That started long before his administration made a peep about guns at all.

9:14:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Think it's a long standing fantasy that libruls gonna come take yer guns.

8:56:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

And we have the NRA spending mucho milliones promoting that idea. Surely there are rabidly anti-gun activists, but surely they don't have a majority and certainly not the two thirds majority necessary to amend the constitution.

9:58:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Not a majority. Small but very loud group.

11:38:00 AM  

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