We have touched on the topic of home-made firearms a few times here, but mostly it has been in an academic, "Yeah, you could do that if you really wanted to but I would not want to actually use one," kind of way.
Well, in the realm of "beggars cannot be choosers", it would appear as though criminals have started employing do-it-yourself firearms in crimes in once-Great Britain.
Is anyone surprised by this? Anyone at all?
In all honesty, firearms are a fairly simple technology; oh, sure, good firearms require thousands (if not millions) of man-hours to research, develop, test, tweak, and further engineer until they are finely-tuned machines that look like they would be the pipe dream of a steampunk fanatic, but those are the kinds of firearms you get when you can. When you cannot procure mass-produced, finished products, you make do with anything that can chamber a round and fire it at least once without blowing up.
And, frankly, that kind of thing can be built from bits and pieces you can collect at your neighborhood Home Depot.
"Gun control" is a failure before it even leaves the ground – the concept of a firearm is so common now that building a functional approximation of one is something even I could accomplish in the matter of an afternoon. So combine the fact that criminals are always going to be able to either procure (take a look at the evidence racks in that Daily Mail article and tell me "gun control" is working over there) or manufacture their own firearms with the fact that there is a negative correlation between firearm ownership and firearm-related fatality rates, and what reason is there to continue wasting everyone’s time with unjustly limiting an individual right that just happens to be protected by the Constitution?
(Courtesy of Maddened Fowl.)