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Suddenly the hot topic is 3D printers, the Internet, and Freedom of Speech. (G.O.A.L)

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Suddenly the hot topic is 3D printers, the Internet, and Freedom of Speech.

Why?  “Because gun”.

This week, the hot news topic suddenly became 3D printed firearms and the ability to share plans to make one at home.   There’s not much new here regarding this story except for a court victory based on protection of First Amendment rights, which recognizes that the plaintiff, Defense Distributed has the right to share plans on the internet.

Their victory over the State Dept. triggered panic and outrage from the anti Second Amendment coalition, including our Attorney General, Maura Healey, who joined twenty other states in filing suit against the State Department to stop Defense Distributed from sharing plans.

To people that don’t like guns, this probably sounds reasonable.  I’ve even seen some quotes in the news from gun dealers who think this is reasonable.  Let me tell you what they are missing, and why the gun prohibitionists are trying to instill panic in the uninformed public.

First, it’s perfectly legal for a person to make a firearm at home.  This has been happening in the United States since before we were the United States.  If a person is federally prohibited from owning a firearm, it is against the law for them to make one, just like it’s against the law for them to buy one, or file the serial number off of one, or carry one with a filed off serial number.

Second, the plans are already all over the internet.  Yesterday a leading online gun news website published a story with a bunch of links to downloadable files which would give any machinist, the ability to make a receiver, or a gun.

Third, any experienced machinist worth his salt could make most any metal receiver in a day or two, and go into mass production shortly after that without even using plans. Remember when zip guns were all the rage?  Or “Saturday Night Specials”?  This is the 2018 version of that charade.

Fourth, 3D printers capable of making a working firearm cost thousands of dollars.  A criminal isn’t going to take the time to learn how to use a 3D printer, spend said money to acquire the computer and hardware necessary, and start cranking them out when real guns are readily available at a fraction of the cost on the black market.  Not to mention, if a criminal has the skill to operate all of that hardware and software, it’s highly unlikely that they would choose a life of crime.

Last, the anti gun coalition used a lot of scary sounding verbiage about “ghost guns” that can’t be detected by metal detectors.  Those statements are completely and utterly false.  Federal law clearly defines what constitutes an “undetectable gun” and these devices are NOT coming out of 3D printers.  Here are the federal and state laws regarding them.

 

18 USC 922(p) 

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive any firearm— 

(A) that, after removal of grips, stocks, and magazines, is not as detectable as the Security Exemplar, by walk-through metal detectors calibrated and operated to detect the Security Exemplar; or

(B) any major component of which, when subjected to inspection by the types of x-ray machines commonly used at airports, does not generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of the component. Barium sulfate or other compounds may be used in the fabrication of the component 

Massachusetts Law

Chapter 140, Section 131N. No person shall sell, offer for sale, transfer or possess any weapon, capable of discharging a bullet or shot, that is: (i) constructed in a shape that does not resemble a handgun, short-barreled rifle or short-barreled shotgun including, but not limited to, covert weapons that resemble key-chains, pens, cigarette-lighters or cigarette-packages; or (ii) not detectable as a weapon or potential weapon by x-ray machines commonly used at airports or walk-through metal detectors. Whoever violates the provisions of this section shall be punished, for a first offense, by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and for a second offense, by a fine of not less than $5,000 nor more than $15,000 or by imprisonment for not less than five years nor more than 15 years, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

 

As to the panic generation, the anti gun coalition needs the general public to believe that they are working to keep them safe.  Their oxygen is selling the illusion of safety.  If people were suddenly able to lawfully manufacture their own firearms, for their own personal protection at home, the illusion of safety propagated by gun control legislation would come crumbling down.  And they would come right down with it, finally exposing for all to see, the futility of gun control laws.

This is why they continue to instill fear and propel misinformation, they are scared that the truth will come out, and that’s the last thing they want.

SUMMER SPECIAL! Firearm Safety Course! (LTC/ F.I.D)

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Gun related deaths! The Truth!

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Robert Göltl

February 16 at 7:09am

There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. U.S. population 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Do the math: 0.000000925% of the population dies from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant! What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death:

• 65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws
• 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified
• 17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – gun violence
• 3% are accidental discharge deaths

So technically, “gun violence” is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100. Still too many? Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?
• 480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago
• 344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
• 333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
• 119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)

So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.

This basically leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation, or about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others. For example, California had 1,169 and Alabama had 1.

Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California, of course, but understand, so it is not guns causing this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all cities and states are not created equally, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.

Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assault all is done by criminals and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. That’s why they are criminals.

But what about other deaths each year?
• 40,000+ die from a drug overdose–THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT!
• 36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths
• 34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities(exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide)

Now it gets good:
• 200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medical errors. You are safer in Chicago than when you are in a hospital!

• 710,000 people die per year from heart disease. It’s time to stop the double cheeseburgers! So what is the point? If Obama and the anti-gun movement focused their attention on heart disease, even a 10% decrease in cardiac deaths would save twice the number of lives annually of all gun-related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.). A 10% reduction in medical errors would be 66% of the total gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides……Simple, easily preventable 10% reductions!

So you have to ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns? It’s pretty simple.:
Taking away guns gives control to governments.

The founders of this nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did by trying to disarm the populace of the colonies. It is not difficult to understand that a disarmed populace is a controlled populace.

Thus, the second amendment was proudly and boldly included in the U.S. Constitution. It must be preserved at all costs.

So the next time someone tries to tell you that gun control is about saving lives, look at these facts and remember these words from Noah Webster: “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force at the command of Congress can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power.”

Remember, when it comes to “gun control,” the important word is “control,” not “gun.”

C. 140 § 121 Definition of a Sawed-off Shotguns

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Sawed-off Shotguns: These are now illegal in Massachusetts under chapter 269, section 10. They cannot be possessed even by a holder of a federal Class III license. Caution, a legal shotgun with an 18″ barrel can be made into an illegal “sawed-off shotgun” under this definition by installing a pistol grip stock if the overall length then is less than 26″.

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