When the Justice Department decided to drop their attempt to regulate files that would allow 3-D printers to create firearms, I commented that gun control was effectively dead. After all, if people can fire up a 3-D printer and make whatever they want, then how do you expect to enforce gun control, especially against those who will do so regardless of any laws you put in place?
In my mind, this was a call to tell gun grabbers to give it up. They would never disarm the American people.
For Sen. Chuck Schumer, however, it was a call to try and limit what people can put on the internet.
Sen. Chuck Schumer warned Sunday that detailed blueprints for producing guns at home could soon be available online, calling for federal action to stop the move.
As of Aug. 1, websites will be allowed to post blueprints explaining how to make so-called “ghost guns” — guns manufactured on 3-D printers, and able to pass through metal detectors unseen because they are made of plastic.
“I am sounding an alarm that come Aug. 1, America is going to get a lot less safe when it comes to the gut-wrenching epidemic of gun violence,” Schumer said. “Ghost guns are not only scary, they’re outright dangerous in the way they can mimic the look and the capacity of a hardened, fully semiautomatic weapon.”
First, even if they’re made of plastic, they still have to have metal components to function. At the very least, a metal firing pin. Since I can’t even get through a metal detector without having to take off my shoes, I somehow doubt that these sneak through anywhere.
Second, Schumer is an idiot if he thinks these files aren’t already floating around. They’re around and guess what? They’re not really being used by the bad guys.
However, even if they were, do you honestly think that new laws would stop them?
Those files are going to get out. Look at all the stuff people can find on the internet as it is. If they can get some of the most horrific stuff known to man with a few clicks of a browser, only a total moron would think those same people wouldn’t be able to find these files already.
Schumer says he wants to pass legislation to block the site from putting up the files. I, personally, say, “Good luck.” Schumer is in the minority in the Senate, and it’s not like anyone in the majority is going to get bonus points for playing nice with him. There’s no incentive for them to vote for his bill and everything to lose.
After all, what is this but another attempt at gun control?
But that’s been Schumer’s M.O. for a while. The only reason he hasn’t pushed through gun control was that no one would side with him on it other than the usual suspects. It’s a non-starter, and he knows it, so he’s been kind of quiet.
Now, he thinks he has a way, and so he’s going for it. Unfortunately for him, it isn’t going to happen.
As for me, I’m going to be downloading some files on August 1, just because I can.