From the Guns Across America Protests

(BuzzFeed) Austin, TX

If you look at the pictures on BuzzFeed, you will see a blizzard of white people clinging to their guns, and not much else.

I maintain that if the National Urban League signed up their members to the NRA, we would have sensible gun regulation within a week.

17 thoughts on “From the Guns Across America Protests

  1. I’ve been reading buzzing on the interwebs the past year or so that with the advent of 3D printers becoming more and more mainstream, the NRA and gun manufacturers will soon be promoting more gun regulations since people won’t need them anymore for access to guns. All the profits will dry up since people could potentially make quality, high caliber guns at home with readily available raw materials.

    The debate focuses on the strength of available materials for 3D printers. Plastics, resins, and polymers can’t hold the same forces as steel. Yet. Accurate and spec bored steel is still needed for precisions barreling of rifles and even hand guns. No one needs a 3D printer to make one or two shot zip gun.

    I don’t know what it is, but building your own AR-15 has become the hobby de jour over the past handful of years. I know at least a dozen people that have or are in the process of builds. I don’t know why ARs. Maybe because most everyone I know in this gun building realm already owns shotguns.

    But back to my main point, yes, if people can make precision, reliable, accurate guns for pennies on the dollar for what manufactures are charging for some bored steel and a few springs, then yeah, I can see them pushing for stronger regs.

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    • GRS –

      I read recently that someone had made a high-calibre gun clip on a 3-D printer, and it worked. I was astounded. I have not kept up on 3-D printing technology because 1) it was too expensive to be practical and b) it worked by having an accurate CAD-diagram of the object you wanted to copy.

      Having used CAD software (and I was barely able to design a deck), I felt secure that ol’ Buford in Sisterf*** Arkansas was never going to be able to make an untraceable, automatic weapon. BUT if accurate 3-D scans are available, well, then the game is up. Even if it only fired once or twice before shattering, it would be an impossible situation to control.

      My guess–knowing our government–3-D Printers will be banned way before guns are.

      Regards,

      TG

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  2. I beg to differ. Computer CAD illiterate people wouldn’t need to know CAD, they would just need to download a file sent to them by someone on the interwebs… behind 7 proxies. Hell, Google Sketch Up files can be imported into CAD. Once the files go viral and uploaded to countless sites and emailed to countless people, they’ll be as good as untraceable. I imagine militia types would pass them along on stick drives. So untraceable is possible or at least untraceable until its too late to prevent a tragedy.

    I’ve seen a few clips on the youtubes of people testing 3D printed gun parts. Keyword: parts.

    Again, the gun in that clip is nothing more than a suped up zip gun. But it’s a lot more imposing than a plate or two of steel and a rubber band.

    (P.S. I don’t mean to sound like one of those people that discusses gun specs on the internet. I just know a bit about engineering.)

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  3. Sidenote: I went to a fundraiser fish fry at a sportsman club tonight. I watched a $500 golf putter go for $60 in an auction while I watched a $450 gun go for $1040. I don’t know what that says or if it says anything. It just struck me as people knew the actual retail value of both objects. Bob Barker is shaking his head.

    The fish was delicious though.

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  4. There is something distressing about this country when we rally for guns and anti-gay chicken more readily than rallying to help our neighbors and those less fortunate.
    Then again, guns.

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  5. People who know about such things say 600 people showed up in Madison, WI on Saturday for a pro-gun rally. Contrast that with daily crowds in the tens of thousands showing up to try to recall Governor Turdwaffle in Jan-Feb of 2012.

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    • shartiblartfat – I know. In my mind I did the comparison with the 10 million people-strong day of protest against the Iraq invasion (which barely was covered by the national press), and was dismissed by Chimpy as a focus group.

      Ted – The Xristian Xrazies will show up for anything, because (remember) they are the most put-upon and discriminated people in the history of the world, ever®.

      B-4: So was your dad a good shot because of all his Mafia work?

      GRS – The gun show here in the SF Bay Area had guns selling for 300% of retail over their pre-Sandy Hook price. Also/Too: I think we said the same thing, in different ways. If Buford had to draw the gun himself, he couldn’t do it. The moment that the CAD drawing is available on teh innertubes, then every Blue Light Special McViegh wannabee will have an untraceable assault rifle. And for the sake of argument, I assume that such things are already available on the ‘net.

      Rgds,

      TG

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  6. Remember, ol’ Buford in Sisterf*** Arkansas applied twisted Jones-ing motivation to figure out cookbook chemistry to make meth from cold pills and coke bottles, I’m pretty sure one will figure out how to whittle out something from a 3-D printer and give it away to all his buddies through a megaupload-like site ‘Kin Dotcom’

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  7. An excerpt from Roger Simon’s latest column on Creators.com:

    “No loaded firearms and no loaded magazines are permitted in any Crossroads gun show,” one site said. “Your personal safety is our number one priority while you are at the show.”

    Personal safety? I thought loaded guns created personal safety.

    “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Wayne LaPierre, the CEO and executive vice president of the NRA, said a week after the massacre at Newtown Elementary School in Connecticut.

    So I don’t get it. What if a “bad guy” with a loaded gun, who had become deranged by playing a video game (which is one of the NRA’s greatest fears) barged into a gun show? Wouldn’t we want a whole bunch of “good guys” with loaded guns to stop him?

    So why disarm people at gun shows?

    Because “personal safety” is the No. 1 priority, that’s why.

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  8. Frankly, I’m morphing into a non-democrat, anti-republican. All I see is federal government trying to put distance between itself and the constitution. Obama seems like he’s OK with almost all of the stuff that I was so furious about with Bush. I actually see the validity of arguing the merits of the second amendment. And why stop there? Why not stop the spying on US citizens? Why not re-institute haebeus corpus? Are we still OK with waterboarding anyone with brown skin? If we have to give up something on the right of citizens to carry all the guns they can pack, then in my mind, the federal government should stop grabbing all this power of their own.

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