As many of you know, I am a strong supporter of gun-control laws, and wish such laws would go even further, all the way down to the complete elimination of guns in our society.
I’ve written about my thoughts on gun violence several times:
- What If We No Longer Died of “Natural Causes”? Gun Control Laws Might Finally Pass
- Alternative Ways to Control Gun Violence
- Concealed Handguns on College Campuses? Just Say No
- Do Money and Guns Bring Out the Worst in People?
- Philly Walk to Stop Gun Violence
- Doing Our Part…
- Have We Reached a Tipping Point? I Sure Hope So.
I would probably have to say it’s my number one issue when I go to vote; it’s an issue that I care about a great deal.
While there has not been much progress made with respect to gun control legislation, there has been a little.
But my fear is that all of that progress will be for naught.
People who are currently barred from purchasing firearms or want to own a gun that is illegal in the jurisdiction where they live may soon have an easy way to get around the law. All they would need to do is download a computer file and use a 3-D printer to stamp out a gun. No background check would weed out felons, those with mental illness, domestic abusers or possible terrorists. No serial number would allow police to trace a weapon used in a crime. And there would be no problem getting past metal detectors with a gun molded from high-quality plastic.
Plans by a Texas organization to publish, starting Aug. 1, downloadable blueprints for 3-D-printed plastic firearms — so-called ghost guns — have rightly alarmed leading gun safety groups, law enforcement officials, and me.
After a multiyear legal battle, the federal government last month entered into a settlement with Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson, permitting him to publish his arsenal of firearm blueprints online.
My guess is that the NRA played a key role in getting this settlement approved.
I see zero benefit from allowing such a ruling, except to those who want to own a gun and couldn’t do so through existing laws.
I don’t see anyway to now stop someone from owning a gun, no matter what laws are passed.
One of my thoughts was that perhaps there could be some control at the bullet stage, but apparently 3-d printed bullets are a thing too.
I guess the only way to end gun violence now is not through gun control laws but through a shift in attitude.
And that will be even harder to change than gun control laws.
But I’ll stay optimistic and hope that eventually people see guns for what they are – a tool with one purpose, to kill, both people and animals.