A dailymail.co.uk article shows the ATF sending two messages:
1. The 3D printed guns work, so they must be banned!
2. 3D printed guns blow up, so do not make them or attempt to use them!
I do not think either message is effective. Both just interest people in 3D printed guns. From dailymail.co.uk:
The world's first printable gun has been deemed a serious safety and security concern after a gun printed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms exploded before it was even fired.In a way, the error by the dailymail is humorous: How did the BATFE manage to get the printed liberator pistol to blow up before it was even fired?
This danger is matched by the problem with fully-functioning 3-D printed guns - they work all too well.
It is amusing to see the BATFE taking propaganda cues from Australian police, as they were the first to produce video of 3D printed guns blowing up.
Firearms have been produced in homes for nearly 500 years. Perhaps because liberal writers are familiar with computers and printers, but unfamiliar with files and drills, they see 3D printed guns as much more of a danger than ordinary homemade guns. As David Kopel noted, a 1986 federal government study found that one-fifth of the guns seized by the police in Washington, D.C., were homemade.
Homemade guns are not new. The awareness or perhaps willingness, of liberal writers to talk about it, is. And that is a good thing.
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