3D-printed guns hit 100,000 downloads in less than a week
Earlier this week, a company called “Defense Distributed” issued a blueprint which would allow people to 3D print their own guns at home for free (provided they have 3D printers). So far, there have been over 100,000 downloads of what they’re calling “The Liberator.”
It’s a bit ironic that the company calls itself “Defense Distributed.” It’s pretty unlikely that someone who would need to print a gun at home would be using it for self defense.
These guns, you see, are untraceable. Even in the United States, where there is essentially no gun control whatsoever, we have registered numbers for firearms. Also, being made out of plastic, they are untraceable by metal detectors.
As of a few hours ago, the State Department has demanded that Defense Distributed take down the blueprint until they can make a decision about it. The founder of the company, 25-year-old Cody Wilson, has replied, with a wink, that he will gladly take it down from his servers, although he just cannot guarantee that it won’t find its way elsewhere. Hell, it’s already been uploaded to The Pirate Bay.
And that’s the thing. It’s Pandora’s Box.. how would you even stop something like this? Even if the State Department decides it’s illegal, people would still find a way to download the guns. Why? Because people have ways of downloading child porn and whatever the hell else illegal shit that they want.
Sadly, at first, most of the guns were downloaded in Spain, which has normal gun control laws and a fairly low rate of gun violence (Spain ranks #12 for lowest violence, US ranks #57). Although by now most of the downloads have come from the US where gun laws aren’t so much of a thing.
So, there we go. A 25-year-old douchebag named Cody just made murdering people a lot easier for everyone across the world. I hope he’s pleased with himself.