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-====== Gun Control is Temporary ====== 
  
-Things to understand: 
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-  - I am a gun owner. ​  I own many guns.    I support the second amendment. 
-  - I'm also politically liberal, and to some extent that includes gun control. 
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-My conceptualization of firearms and the second amendment are complex and evolving. ​ Liberals dislike when I talk about the government explicitly honoring the rights clearly enshrined in the Constitution((seriously,​ pretty clearly enshrined when compared with the wording of the rest of the Constitution. ​  ​People who try to weasel word the 2nd amendment aren't looking at the evidence.)) when their focus is on keeping children un-murdered. ​  ​Conservatives,​ for the most part, won't talk to me about gun control because they just assume I hate guns with my communist ways. 
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-So by all means, consider me a moderate or never talk to me about guns ever again, because you're clearly an extremist. 
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-===== With That Out of The Way, My Point ===== 
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-I think we need to pass some reform on gun control, but I think at best it'll work for ten, maybe twenty years. ​  After that point, guns will become books. 
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-Here's why: 
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-{{http://​www.youtube.com/​v/​tAW72Y_XPF4?​.swf?​640x360}} 
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-That is an AR-15 lower, otherwise known as the gun part of the gun, made from a high quality 3D printer. ​  In this test, the designers put more than 600 rounds through it.   The plans are available right now, and they'​re even legal. 
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-3D printers are an incredible technology that's just now starting to get serious attention. ​  At heart, they'​re simple: an articulated nozzle that builds a structure in three dimensions, based off of computer-based plans. ​  In engineering,​ they help out immensely with prototyping and small scale construction. ​  In art, they'​re opening up new windows of sculpting. ​  In medicine, they'​re being used to print joints and research is being done to {{http://​www.cnbc.com/​id/​49348354/​How_3D_Printers_Are_Reshaping_Medicine|print organs}}. ​  In the culinary world, people are already printing candy sculptures, but {{http://​www.geek.com/​articles/​geek-pick/​3d-printed-meat-could-soon-be-cheap-and-tasty-enough-to-win-you-over-20130212/​|but people are talking about printing meat}} rather than using animal products. 
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-But just like any tool, it can be used for constructive or destructive purposes. 
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-==== Guns as Information ==== 
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-The 3D printing model, while far from the (obligatory mention of the) Star Trek "​replicator,"​ is a big step in the direction of turning hardware into software. ​  ​Rather than going to the store to purchase, say, shower curtain hooks, an owner of a 3D printer could head over to a website, download the {{http://​www.thingiverse.com/​thing:​3465|appropriate plans}}, and then mash go on the printer. ​ 
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-Need a Tardis case for your cell phone? ​ {{http://​www.thingiverse.com/​thing:​54125|Same thing.}} ​ Later on, your kid needs a model of the Saturn V for school? ​ {{http://​www.thingiverse.com/​thing:​45316|Good to go.}}   Need a block and tackle for your turkey fryer? {{http://​www.thingiverse.com/​thing:​10549|Get the plans, add some screws, and you've got what you need.}} 
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-So, you download a file, get an object. ​   But I'm not linking to physical objects, I'm linking to code.   In other words, I'm linking to //​speech//​. ​ In other //other// words, {{https://​www.eff.org/​cases/​bernstein-v-us-dept-justice|a First Amendment protected activity.}} 
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-So, if I link you to the file for a {{http://​defcad.org/​ar-15-reinforced-lower-receiver/​|reinforced AR-15 lower}}, did I just give you a gun?   ​No. ​ I've just told you how to build one, or in this case, part of one.  The (likely felonious) action of making the gun itself happens when someone puts these plans into a 3D Printer. 
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-This doesn'​t mean that the builder can immediately go out and kill people, obviously. ​ Ammunition is still necessary, and as far as I can tell, 3D printing rifled barrels is still a long, long way off.   But making a lot of the important parts out of plastic isn't new-- Glock has been doing it for years. 
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-In this model, the gun component is less of a weapon and more of a book.   And for obvious reasons, blocking the distribution of firearms plans looks a lot less like gun control, and a lot more like censorship. At this point in history, I think we can all agree that keeping information out of people'​s hands is becoming {{http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​The_pirate_bay|an increasingly}} {{http://​wikileaks.org/​|difficult activity}}. 
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-I can already hear some otherwise well meaning people talk about controlling 3D printers. ​  ​That'​ll be difficult to do.   As I've pointed out already, 3D printers can have an obvious utility in a number of fields which could very well make them ubiquitous. 
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-For another thing, they'​re going to be {{http://​www.reprap.org/​wiki/​Main_Page|essentially viral}}, as there are a group of people designing 3D printers that can be made with 3D printers, following the model of code compilers. ​  ​Trying to control them would look a lot less like effective gun control and more like banning head shops. ​  Or, policing unauthorized radios in North Korea. 
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-===== We'll Need a Real Solution ===== 
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-I think the day is coming when any yutz will be able to print nearly everything they need to own a gun with plans downloaded from a website, with only basic smithing skills. ​ To be honest, I'm looking forward to that day((for mostly unrelated reasons)), but I know we're going to have to have some serious thinking before any of us will be happy with it. 
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-Liberals will have to grow up.  Instead of trying to simply make the Bad Thing Go Away, they'​ll have to start thinking about why people want to use the Bad Things on children in the first place. ​ They'​ll have to stop settling for stop gap, easy solutions to social ills and actually try for real reform that honors the rights granted by Constitution.  ​ 
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-Conservatives will have to grow up.   ​They'​ll have to start thinking about the affects "gun culture"​ on the society as a whole. ​  ​They'​ll have to consider that uncritical defense of rights can end up eroding those very same rights. 
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-Everyone will have to look at their values and //test them//​. ​  ​We'​ll have to look at the Constitution and //test it//.   ​We'​ll have to consider if it's a time for a change, and how best to make that change without going in a terrible direction. 
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-And as a result, we'll all be a little bit smarter. 
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-Who says that a social problem can't be solved with a technical solution? 
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-Right. ​  I do. 
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-==== And ya know, there could be an upside? ==== 
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-Granted, this might be fantasy straight out of Red Dawn, but could you imagine the effects on global politics in a world where people could be instantly armed without having to stockpile weapons? ​  It could be incredibly destabilizing here in the conspiracy-happy U.S., but I think it might keep political strong men at bay for a few generations. 
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-It could be a case of less juntas, more Hitlers, I suppose. 
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