NYC Arrest, "Ghost Guns", And Gun Control's Futility

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From the moment the first 3D printed gun was made, I knew that gun control’s days were officially over. Sure, the anti-gun crowd hasn’t figured that out, but it’s true. After all, if someone can print a firearm using a technology with nearly infinite uses outside of making guns, then there’s really no way to stop anyone from getting a gun.

Instead, it’s clear that it would be far more productive to start putting time and effort into crime prevention. In particular, putting effort into programs that prevent people from becoming criminals in the first place.

Unfortunately, as I said, a lot of people haven’t figured that out yet, and an arrest in New York City should make it clear just how little they get that.

 A 20-year-old Queens man has been arrested after he was found to be in possession of 25 ghost guns, including semi-automatic pistols and assault weapons, in the fifth bust of its kind in Queens since August, authorities said.

Chaz McMillan, Fresh Meadows, was arraigned on multiple charges Wednesday night and is connected to a 125-count complaint, including criminal weapons possession charges and other charges having to do with the stockpile of weapons found in his possession, Queens County officials said Thursday.

Police used a search warrant at McMillan’s residence on Wednesday after conducting surveillance on McMillan, police said. Officials said that McMillan had allegedly been purchasing gun parts online. Once at his residence on 162nd Street, police discovered:

You can go over there and look at the weapons.

What I want to talk about, though, is the fact that New York City has the toughest gun control laws in the nation. It’s illegal to make your own firearm there. Every law you could imagine has been tried in the Big Apple.

And Chaz McMillan is accused of ignoring all of that. I don’t know whether he bought kits or just printed the lower receivers himself, but the overall point stands.

See, 3D printing is probably the most fascinating technology out there. It absolutely baffles me that for a few hundred dollars, I can buy a machine that, with the help of some software, can allow me to essentially manufacture plastic pieces for just about anything. I could make toys for my daughter or miniatures for wargaming or pieces to be cast in metal. It’s an absolute gamechanger.

And yes, I could make as many guns as I want.

But that technology means that gun control, as an idea, has absolutely no way to actually try and keep guns out of anyone’s hands. They couldn’t do it before 3D printing became a thing. Now that anyone with the cash for a single device can produce as many firearms as they want just means any gun control efforts are especially futile now.

The question is, will anyone get the message?

It certainly won’t be the gun control crowd. They’re too deep into it financially to step aside and consider other options. If they do, it’ll just turn gun control into a grift where they take the money and then stomp their feet a lot without even really trying to do anything.

Granted, some of them are about like that now, but it’ll be more widespread.

At that point, though, I don’t know that I’ll care.