totalitarians hated the printing press too

I was going to include this with my previous post regarding New York’s obscene new laws and Connecticut’s desired idiocy, but I figured it deserved a post of its own:

That, fellow defenders of liberty, is a magazine fabricated on (I think) a stereolithography (SLA) printer out of (I think) an epoxy-based resin; the specifics are not entirely clear, but, frankly, I would rather the folks at DefDist spend their time ironing out their designs rather than walking topically-ignorant folks like me through the details. The fabricators/designers of the magazine felt comfortable saying it would survive at least 100 rounds before the feed lips sufficiently deformed to the point of uselessness; I wonder how long until someone makes a mold that can somehow correct that.

So tell me, oh you idiot legislators from Kalifornistan, New York, Connecticut, and even our nation’s capitol – how, exactly, do you think your arbitrary and capricious limits are going to work out when any halfway competent geek can download a normal-capacity magazine design from the internet and crank it out on his desktop printer? “Gun control” is soon going to join “book burning” in the dustbin of history, with both activities’ supporters being regarded with equal disdain.

I dare say it is time for me to start looking at DefCad files and seeing how this whole 3D printing thing works… It is not like I am going to be purchasing magazines or ammunition at their currently panic-inflated prices, but securing the means to learn about how to produce my own magazines for the foreseeable future? Sounds like a good investment to me.

In fact, I am having a very difficult time currently trying to talk myself out of supporting the Robo 3D Kickstarter, especially after Our Glorious President’s recent bout of idiocy. Yes, I know that fused deposition molding (FDM – what this printer uses) is a less-exact, less-capable technology than the SLA employed by DefDist (think of the former as “dot matrix” and the latter as “laserjet”)… but this little printer costs all of $520 ($619 if you want ABS printing), while DefDist’s Objet printer runs somewhere in the $500,000 range. I can only rationalize one of those numbers.

And it is not like I could not find a thousand and one other things to print with it… in fact, I have already devised a cute little idea that could be used to defray some of the costs, and thanks to TinkerCad (which I wish offered a one-time purchase price), I already designed it.

At this point, the “gun control” movement – and specifically its “assault weapon” ban and “high-capacity” magazine ban wings – is the modern version of a book-burning pogrom, and will meet with about as much success. Oh, to be sure, some people will turn in their guns, and some token examples will be destroyed in farces of news conferences, but home workshops, machinist shops, and 3D printers will all start spooling up. The “firearm” djinn is out of the bottle, folks, and you can’t stop the signal.