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Monday, September 26, 2016

It should’ve been the shot heard around the world. Chances are, you didn’t hear it.

An ominous sort of history was made last week near Austin, Texas, but it seems to have largely escaped notice. There was some media coverage, yes, but less than, say, Lindsay Lohan’s latest stint in rehab, certainly less than you’d think for something whose ramifications will likely shadow us for years.

On May 2, you see, a group called Defense Distributed, led by law student and self-described anarchist Cody Wilson, accomplished what was apparently the first successful firing of a gun “printed” entirely by a 3-D printer. According to Forbes reporter Andy Greenberg, who witnessed the test, the gun is made almost entirely of plastic, the only metal in it being the nail that served as a firing pin and the bullet it fired.

A 3-D printer, for the benefit of those who remember when the mimeograph machine was the cutting edge of duplication technology, is a device that can download computer blueprints and use them to manufacture complex physical objects right on your desktop.

The one Defense Distributed used is said to have cost $8,000. Amazon has one listed for $1,299.

So we now have technology, largely unregulated, with the potential to turn every desktop into an armory. Forbes reports that, in just two days, 100,000 blueprints were downloaded.

Hold that thought as you ponder another recent headline. It seems one Adam Kokesh, an Iraq War veteran and activist, is organizing an armed march on Washington for Independence Day. Participants — he claims 2,500 so far — with loaded rifles slung across their backs plan to march into the nation’s capital to protest the “tyranny” of the federal government.

While D.C. residents are allowed to have registered firearms on their property, they are not allowed to carry them in public. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has said marchers will be met at the border and if they break that law, “we’ll take action.”

Kokesh, apparently delusional, promises to turn back peacefully if confronted, but says it is his hope the city will suspend the law for him and even provide his group a police escort.

You will not be surprised to learn that, by “tyranny,” Kokesh means the duly elected (not a hanging chad in sight) president of the United States going about his job. Thing is, if you don’t like the way he does his job, you get a chance every four years to make a change. People in North Korea would doubtless love to live under that kind of “tyranny.”

  • charleo1

    I am continually alarmed, I guess alarmed would describe it. Although
    it doesn’t quite cover it. Concerned, is another word that comes to mind,
    when it comes to these loosely affiliated extremist groups. That while they
    don’t necessarily agree with each other all the time. They do seem to have
    this knack of borrowing each other’s worst traits, and combining them into
    this, world gone mad, extremism. And have parlayed that, through the GOP’s
    primary process, to important positions of responsibility. Some, in the Federal
    Gov’t. Which we all hear about. (In 2011, they brought the U.S. Gov’t to the
    brink of default, and needlessly, cost the Country a whopping 18.5 billion dollars.
    But, in reality it is the State Gov’ts where they are causing the most harm, and
    havoc. In several States, they dominate the legislatures. In Michigan, where
    the Governor may, at his discretion, declare a city in financial crisis. Dismiss
    elected local leaders, and appoint what is essentially a dictator. That only
    answers to the Governor. This person may tear up contracts, and bargaining
    agreements. Sell off city assets to private individuals, or companies at a price
    he decides. The Silver Dome, for example was recently sold to an individual
    for pennies on the dollar. Did you read the article, where the NC Legislature
    had declared Christianity the official religion? And are requiring all non-citizens
    to at all times, carry an ID that says they are not citizens. Governor Jan
    Brewer of AZ. After passing what is with out a doubt, discriminatory, papers
    please, laws. Is now forming her own State militia. Separate from the National
    Guard. I guess what is most disturbing, is they act as if they are bound by no
    established law, Federal Law, or precedence of heretofore, agreed law.
    They have, for all intents, and purposes, no respect for the law. They often
    run their State, as if they were a separate country. And have no desire for
    a country of united states. There is them. And then there is, everyone else.

    • I Totally Agree With You My Friend!! :-)!! These Extreme Nuts Are Always Pointing At Other People Looking For The Boogie Man When In Fact They Are The Boogie Man!!

      • idamag

        Well put, Fern, well put.

      • “The only thing that could stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a computer engineered, self-manufactured gun!”

      • idamag

        Very well put, Fern, very well put.

      • labrown69

        “Stuck on stupid tea bagger troll”? LMAO do you ever make a substantive comment?

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    • Michael Kollmorgen

      There is no doubt in my mind that the worst offenders of the judicial process and the government in general, is the individual state governments and probably more so, local governments.

      Not only this, but, think of it this way, our individual 50 state and local governments collect way more taxes, levies, fees and fines, probably triple what the feds do.

      Now, let’s throw in each states penal system which on it’s own is highly profitable for the state and does not cost the residents of said state a lot because most of them are self-supporting through “Prison Industries”. Where does all that money go? Of course, it goes into the state politicians pockets.

      Yet, these radicals are targeting the Federal Government? They’re all crazy.

  • Lynda Groom

    Indeed, paranoia strikes deep and into your life in will creep…unless you hold on tight to reality and reason. Too bad so many of our citizens are so afraid of the world around them and their neighbors.

  • The suggestion that Sharia law may find fertile ground in the USA is so bizarre it defies logic. The suggestion, considering the fact that Muslims are a tiny percentage of our population, suggests that the alarmists consumed by paranoia, actually believe most Americans may find Sharia law a viable alternative to our laws and values, and may decide to embrace it willingly. This suggestion is as illogical as the argument put forth by the NRA to justify widespread gun ownership and rejection of gun control laws: the need to prevent tyranny. Considering the fact that the only way our government could impose tyrannical rule over our population would require the complicity of our armed forces, I find the suggestion quite offensive and an insult that questions the loyalty and patriotism of our all-volunteer armed forces.
    Issues like these are raised by people consumed by fear and as distractions by a party that has nothing positive to offer.

    • Sharia Law revealed itself in the 2012 elections. It’s called Republicunt/neo-Confederate Tea Bag Super PACs.

    • robertblair3174

      I find it amusing that the people who most often fear-monger about Sharia are the same ones who also most often push anti-abortion, and anti-gay agendas “Because it’s in The Bible” The irony is absolutely amazing. They have no sense of their own hypocracy

  • It’s just like criminals to evade and go around the law instead of obeying the law. Prisons are full of that— wait. . . what? A law student? He has no criminal record? A business man? . . My bad.

  • Siegfried Heydrich

    Big deal. We had Zip guns back in the 1950s. This is pretty much the same thing.

    • johninPCFL

      Well put. Any idiot can make a single-shot weapon from easily obtained hardware store items. Why all the hullabaloo over a manufacturing process requiring an $8000 machine to make a single-shot weapon, which in all likelihood blows apart on the second shot?

      • Allan Richardson

        Once a person with criminal intent has that $8000 machine (which will surely go down in price, and for that matter could have been stolen), he or she can make thousands of such guns and sell them on the black market very cheaply. And one advantage of such a gun, which was written into a CSI: New York episode this past season, is the fact that the ballistics are untraceable, while the gun, which has no serial number and is thus indistinguishable from the other guns in its batch, can be destroyed after the murder.

        Remember, the Derringer was a single shot, but it took down a President in 1865.

        • johninPCFL

          With today’s machine, it takes over a day to make each one, and there are no moving parts. For about $35 each you can buy all the parts you want at the hardware store and make them in an hour. So, to recap, the ballistics on a zip gun are also untraceable, they have no serial number, they can be made in about an hour, they don’t need a custom printer to make them, they can be thrown away after each use, and they don’t explode in your hand when you fire the second shot.
          And yes, when a gun of any kind was a new novelty in the East, the derringer was a well known weapon. Has anyone been assasinated with one since Archduke Ferdinand in 1914?

          • So… when you build a zip gun, shoot it, and need to get rid of it, destroying it entirely… can you just throw it in your grill and burn it?

            Oh, guess not.

            Ceramic parts will be the solution to extending lifespan on these guns, and they can be smashed to powder afterward.

          • johninPCFL

            Or just like every other untraceable gun that you have to get rid of, drop it in a ditch full of water. Or better yet, pull it apart and drop the parts back into your junk bin.

  • labrown69

    The “threat of Sharia is not real”? I would submit it is the stupidity of whoever wrote that which is “not real”. You truly believe that we can allow people to immigrate here from countries in which woman are not allowed to leave home without male supervision or drive a car and are beaten by strangers if their ankles show but when they get here they will just “snap to” and become compatible citizens? Consider the Muslim who physically attacked a man in an Atheist group’s parade for mocking the Prophet Mohammad and then called police himself because he thought mocking the prophet was illegal. In case you hadn’t noticed, prohibitions don’t work. All you anti-gun nuts can possibly succeed in doing is jeopardizing the lives of those who would defend their homes and create a black market to make crooks even richer and promote and new, more dangerous and harder to detect type of gun. The type of guns we make now can be regulated to government standards but the kind that will flood the streets when you liberal Utopians get your way will create a new growth industry that you will have nothing to say about … but again, anyone dumb enough to think Sharia is not a threat will be happy having had their “pound of flesh” and oblivious to the result of their own stupidity. Give the acumen of the American left, you might want to just look into honor killings. You don’t even need a gun to kill your sister after she is raped. You can just strangle her.

    • Allan Richardson

      You are probably not amenable to reason, but for those that are: Sharia Law is vague and different groups of Muslims interpret it differently. We have only seen it referred to in terms of the extremists. Yes, it is brutal, but so were the laws of the Puritans in early America. That is WHY we have the “cruel or unusual punishments” clause in our Constitution.

      The majority of Muslims who live in countries without Muslim government know that they have no way of enforcing Sharia, but they also know that we do have punishments for acts that are criminal under both civil law and Sharia, and we have a justice system that treats people of all religions alike (at least in theory; zoning boards have been known to block mosques for alleged traffic hazards when they approve even bigger mega-churches).

      And you have it backwards about “liberals” introducing these guns that are untraceable and harder to detect. It is the sector of the business community that allies with the NRA that is making these new guns, so that “liberals” cannot get the evidence to punish murders with them. In fact, it is such a threat to public safety that many sheriffs and police chiefs are moving to the “liberal” side on this issue now.

      • labrown69

        Sharia law is not THAT vague and I hate to confuse you but could I interject that WE ALREADY have law and it’s called CIVIL LAW. We don’t need a parallel system of law strictly for barbarians who we allow to immigrate. I don’t mean to confuse you with facts but in England and other countries where it has been allowed a woman counts for half a man in terms of estate planning and one never knows if a woman is testifying honestly because the men are prone to intimidation. In a country like the US in which we have fought so hard to give woman parity with men, permitting Sharia is purely irrational. If anything goes in the name of religious freedom, we should apologize to the Calvinists and tell them they can start burning witches at the stake again. Look at this way, Michelle Bachman might be among them.

    • You are a stone-cold idiot.

      Sharia Law only applies in Muslim countries because it’s based on their Religion; to enact it here would require Amending the Constitution, which, if you had READ it, bans Congress from making any law regarding the establishment of a Religion.

      Speaking of euthanasia, try it yourself. Nixon, a Republican, started the “War on Drugs, and Ronnie Reagan embraced it.

      • labrown69

        Dear Mr. Carr – thank you for that valuable lesson on what is constitutionally permissible. Would it surprise you to know that we already have Jewish Beth Din courts in America which are rabbinical courts which serve the
        Orthodox Jewish community? I thought the Constitution forbid this? Oh … I almost forgot, you are a fucking idiot. Sorry if I confused you. Sharia courts would be no different and are already in practice across the United Kingdom. Nice try though asshole and thanks for playing.

  • Steven

    Shame on you for this fear-mongering article. You claim that anyone can now make a gun in their own home, implying that wasn’t possible before. Will a criminal really invest over a grand to print a gun, when he could assemble one for under a hundred bucks with parts available at any hardware store in the country? I doubt it. Crap like this makes me wish Americans had access to actual journalism.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Steven… welcome to the sewer called ‘The Memo” where the propagandists that write on this site give yellow journalism a good name. They’re nothing more than a bunch of useful idiots being used as coordinated mouthpieces of the Obozo propaganda machine. You’ll note that all of these leftist freak sites have the same narrative every day. They are well coordinated and don’t think for a second that sites like these work arm in arm with one another and the Obozo regime.

      Keep fighting the good fight.

      Have a nice day!

      “The gun control crusade today is like the Prohibition crusade 100 years ago. It is a shared zealotry that binds the self-righteous know-it-alls in a warm fellowship of those who see themselves as fighting on the side of the angels against the forces of evil. It is a lofty role that they are not about to give up for anything so mundane as facts – or even the lives of other people.” – Thomas Sowell, Guns Save Lives 4/3/13

      • You little shitty assed pussy. You’d crap your pants in a real gun battle. A bitch talking about a battle, but have never saw a battle yet. I bet your funky assed mother or your drunken father paid good money to keep your little pissy ass out of the military. They prefer you right where you are, pussy, behind a mask on a computer, swinging on nuts and scampering in the vagina of Ayn Rand– the great dick-taker of Blog!

      • Michael Kollmorgen

        Dude!

        You and your kind would shit your pants if the government really sent troops to quell any revolt. You people wouldn’t last a week. You’d all be dead within the first 24 hours anyway.

        Plus your mommy or wife is calling you in for Supper. If you have a wife (I feel sorry for her) your wife won’t “give you any” if you don’t show up and hold her Apron Strings.

        Stop playing in your Sand Box. You’re a grown adult. Act like it for a change……………

    • I think maybe you have no background in machining?

      See, any disreputable gunsmith could crank out REAL guns, but they’re easy enough to track down because of ballistics and tool marks.

      Plastic guns can be destroyed after use, and there’s no way to track them backward.

      And what stops people from making guns in their basement is the fear they’ll blow up.

      Well, with a proven blueprint, that fear goes away, doesn’t it ? A clever person can build one of these printers for $600 now, and the price is falling.

      • Steven

        I’ve (legally) built an AR15, and an AK47. Both set me back under $600 each. The AR was built on a machined lower, but the AK lower is just bent sheet metal, so I took the half hour out of my day to drill & bend it myself. If I were a criminal, I could throw together a zip gun for next to nothing. An unrifled zip gun. Yes, a zip gun that would leave no distinguishing marks on a projectile. There’s a reason criminals prefer cheap revolvers. Being able to print a gun won’t change their predilection.

        • Michael Kollmorgen

          You are right.

          With the right knowledge and some machinery, one can build just about any weapon one wants. Most people don’t have this sort of knowledge or the machinery to do it.

          I own a machine shop. So, I know it can be easily done in some circumstances.

          Here is where this 3-D Printer comes into play. This could make any weekend warrior a gun manufacturer for a few grand invested in the Printer. All you have to do is get the Blueprints and start printing.

          This is rather dangerous though. I wouldn’t do it.

        • robertblair3174

          Even an un-rifled barrel leaves markings on a projectile, that could me matched to others fired through that same barrel. If you’re savvy enough to do the work of putting one together, and worried about it’s traceability, after use/disposal there are MANY ways to overcome the problem. MOST criminals don’t have that kind of skill-set.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Let’s take a truthful look at gun violence for once. The most evil murderers in America are all DemonRATS. That’s right, liberal DemonRATS. You don’t hear this in the leftist media because it does not fit their agenda to strip rights away from Americans, but this is the truth.

    1) The Ft. Hood killer was a registered DemonRAT radical muzzy. Muzzies are almost all DemonRATS, by the way.

    2) The Columbine killers were too young to vote, but their families were all registered DemonRATS and widely known to be “progressives”

    3) The Va. Tech murderer wrote hate mail to President Bush. He hated Christians and conservatives. Wonder where he got that idea?

    4) The Aurora CO theater killer was a registered DemonRAT, worked for the Obozo campaign, and was an Occupy Wall Street bum who actively protested. He was as leftist as he could possibly be.

    5) The Newtown killer of children was a registered DemonRAT who hated Christians.

    6) The AZ killer that shot Gabby Giffords was a self-described progressive and his family were registered liberal DemonRATS.

    7) The Family Research Council shooter was a leftist, gay activist Democrat.

    8) The rogue ex-cop on a killing spree in Southern California was professed leftist freak DemonRAT and Obozo zombie out to prove his leftist points. And many of your moron DemonRATS supported his killing of others.

    9) The Boston Marathon Bombers were radicalized jihadists AND were registered DemonRATS that voted for and supported Obozo. Google “Dzhokhor Tsarnaev twitter Obama” and you will see the results.

    Is anyone seeing a pattern here? The most heinous killers in America ARE progressive, leftist DemonRATS with guns. Wonder how the media misses this connection? Hmmmmmmm…..

    Clearly, progressive liberalism is a disease of the mind. So, the solution to gun violence is now very obvious to any thinking person. Every single one of you registered progressive DemonRATS should be placed on the mentally ill listing maintained and shared by ALL government law enforcement agencies. Of course, since mental illness is also considered incompentence, they should all be removed from positions of power. AND they should all have their rights to keep and bear arms revoked with all guns confiscated from ALL registered progressive DemonRATS. All you leftist freaks are so interested in stripping everyone else of their rights, you shouldn’t mind when we strip you of yours. In fact, you should support our efforts to take guns from you.

    After all, it is FOR THE CHILDREN. Don’t you agree that if we can save ONE life by stripping leftist freak DemonRATS of their guns that such a move would be worth it? We have the evidence to prove this would be a good measure. Let’s all get on board with this common sense recommendation and encourage Congress to act now!!!

    Have a nice day!

    “The gun control crusade today is like the Prohibition crusade 100 years ago. It is a shared zealotry that binds the self-righteous know-it-alls in a warm fellowship of those who see themselves as fighting on the side of the angels against the forces of evil. It is a lofty role that they are not about to give up for anything so mundane as facts – or even the lives of other people.” – Thomas Sowell, Guns Save Lives 4/3/13

    • metrognome3830

      OK, OK, I’ve had enough of this site. You’re all crazier that shithouse rats. Left and right. Y’all just jump in there and ridicule and disrespect each other. Make up facts as necessary to support your silly claims. I’m sure your side has more integrity than the other side — whichever side you’re on. And Lana Ward wins the award as the craziest poster here. Shake hands and come out fighting.
      Have a bloody great day.

      • ObozoMustGo

        I’m not disrespectful of you, Metro. You know that. And what I have posted above in my listed 9 mass shooters/killers is 100% true. All of it. Every last one. While I understand your ire, that does not mean we can put our heads in the sand and deny the truth. Sometimes it hurts. The proposed solution to remove guns from the hands of DemonRATS is mine alone, but one that I think the facts prove out that should work to end mass shootings. It’s much more based in fact than Senator Frankenstein’s ideas for banning guns based upon what they look like in catalogs. You must agree, don’t you?
        BTW… I rarely read others posts (Lana included) because I write what I think and then jump in the ring to respond to all my fans that reply. I’m too busy to get caught up in other posters most of the time.

        Have a great day, my friend!

        “Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech; which is the Right of every Man, as far as by it, he does not hurt or control the Right of another. And this is the only Check it ought to suffer, and the only bounds it ought to know. This sacred Privilege is also essential to free Governments, that the Security of Property, and the Freedom of Speech always go together; and in those wretched Countries where a Man cannot call his Tongue his own, he can scarce call any Thing else his own. Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing the Freeness [sic!] of Speech; a Thing terrible to Public Traitors.” — Ben Franklin

        • metrognome3830

          No, you haven’t disrespected me, OMG. But your list is a BIG stretch. I would doubt that 90% of them have any real political affiliation or are active in politics. Most probably can’t even spell politics correctly. Being registered to a political party means absolutely nothing. Widen your search a bit. I’m sure you could find some really evil registered Republicans as well. One thing they all have in common is they are mentally unbalanced. The very kind of people the proposed gun control laws are aimed at. As for 3D printers, this guy is not the first to try this. Others have done this previously. I think the most successful trial was one that was able to fire three rounds before the weapon disintegrated. On other words, only an f—ing idiot would attempt it. And they could only do it if they had access to some very expensive equipment. In other words, a f—ing idiot who was unaware that they could blow their own face off with such a weapon. Thus, it’s a totally silly argument at this state of the technology. Pay attention to Franklin, OMG. He’s saying we all have the right to freedom of thought and speech. You may not like what some people say or think, but they should be able to do so without being demonized or ridiculed for thinking or saying what you don’t agree with.
          Have a nice day, OMG.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Metro! What happened to that honey-do list? And isn’t my demonizing and ridiculing of fools equally a display of freedom of thought and speech? I think so. It’s a weakness of mine that I do not suffer fools well. Sorry. I should try to be nicer.
            3D printed guns are very crude these days, but the technology will certainly advance. I’d like to print my own tank one day. It would be fun to drive one around, don’t ya think? Terrible on gas, I’m sure, but still good fun.

            Have a great day, Metro. Tell Mrs. Metro you’ll be right on that list of things she needs done.

            “Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.” — Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

          • metrognome3830

            I’m sure the technology will improve. It always does. And I believe there will be many good and important uses for it besides printing out guns. You can print out a tank, but I am thinking more along the lines of a Corvette . . . or a Dodge Viper. Or I’d could just go crazy and print out a Lamborghini maybe. The gas mileage probably won’t be much better than your tank but it will be faster.
            Ms. Metro is out of the house at present, ergo I am taking a little break.
            Have a great day, OMG.

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            You’d have to have one hell of a big printer to do that:)

            Hell, if you’re gonna buy a printer that big, why bother, buy the tank:) I’d love to.

    • Darsan54

      Ummmm, I am a little afraid to reply due to your anger management and spelling issues, but I would like to know just how you have documented all these incidents were by registered Democrats, what was the source of the information and are you saying here we only have to take guns away from registered Democrats in order to be safe? Maybe you have a point. After all a registered Republican allowed a terrorist attack on the US soil, invaded a two countries that had nothing to do with the attack and would allow terrorists not to fly, but buy as many guns as they want. Maybe we can live a few massacres instead of the wholesale slaughter on foreign soil.

      • He’s got nothing. He just repeats the lies he reads on WND and other crap sites.

        We’ve got an epidemic of insanity going on in America.

        I just wish I knew what the cause was. Of course, Talk Radio and Fox News are the way the disease spreads, but what’s the CAUSE ?

        It could be the lead poisoning that America was dosed with, back when we used lead in gasoline.

        That causes permanent brain damage to those that get a high dose or are susceptible. Rage, poor impulse control, difficulty thinking clearly.

        Do you know that story? Early automobiles had “knock” problems.

        Well, Ethanol solved the problem cheaply. And it’s what Henry Ford recommended.

        But you can’t patent ethanol and get rich off it.

        So the same chemist that later invented CFC’s for refrigeration invented Tetra Ethyl Lead; and then the advertising wonks took over, promoting it as better than ethanol.

        He got rich; and America was smothered in lead fumes for decades.

        After leaded gas was banned, crime rates, that had steadily climbed for years, started going down.

        As the damaged people die off, the crazyness should end.

    • I had to look that crazy crap up.

      Here’s what happens; one batsh!t crazy conservative starts foaming at the mouth, makes up some crap, and posts it online.

      All other right-wing crazies automatically assume it’s true.

      They start re-posting it and insisting it’s true, because they read it on the Internet!

      They never bother to fact-check anything, the way liberals have reflexively learned to do.

      For example;

      http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/20/Exclusive-Dark-Knight-Shooting-Suspect-James-Holmes-Registered-Democrat

      Turns out, James Holmes wasn’t even registered to vote, much less a Democrat.

      Here’s where your lie got it’s start.

      http://cheatersflorida.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/updated-is-james-e-holmes-a-occupy-black-bloc-member-he-plotted-to-kill-cops-james-e-holmes-shoots-up-aurora-co-movie-theater-killing-12-and-wounding-59-as-batman-movie-slams-ows/

      Read it. The poster says ” it is my opinion that James E. Holmes fits the profile of a 20 something Black Bloc terrrorist”.

      No evidence at all. Just the accusation. And for lunatics, that’s enough.

      So, there you go. Your entire screed is based on rumors and lies.

      This reminds me of the Witch Trials, when just the accusation of being a Witch was a virtual death sentence. And fools believed that crap.

      • Bozo will be avoiding you from now on, William. He/she is allegic to facts and truth.

  • montanabill

    Technology unregulated?!!! We can’t have that. It is ungovernmental!

    • Sure. That’s why it’s legal to build your own atom bomb… oh, wait, it isn’t.

      • montanabill

        By your answer, you must be in favor of all technology being government regulated and controlled.

        • Michael Kollmorgen

          Actually, I am in full favor of controlling access to technology IF the intent is to infringe on our privacy, liberties and rights.

          Your biggest violators of this is not the government, but Corporations tracking where you go, who you associate with, what you buy, etc., etc., etc.

          Just on this website alone there is roughly at least 18 “tracking programs” running right now. And, this isn’t the government doing it either.

          Don’t believe me?, go and install Ghostery and take a look at what is tracking everything you do and on every website you may visit.

          Some websites have up to 50 or more “trackers”.

          • montanabill

            Though I generally agree with your thoughts, I would point out that information collected by corporations is primarily used for marketing. Corporations are really not in a position to use such information to threaten or impose punishment, whereas, the government has exactly those capabilities. However, the genie is out of the bottle. In the future, tracking will only become more pervasive, regardless of who is doing it. We can no more keep technology controlled than we can control access to nuclear weapons. Throughout history, when it is time for a technology to appear, it is almost inevitably created by more than person in more than one place.

  • elw

    Stupid article. The technology has been around for several decades. The computer/printer to use it is very, very expensive to buy and run. I highly doubt that you will find it in too many peoples basements when it is cheaper to just go out and buy a gun. The whole story is about as crazy as some the people (obozomustgo, Lana ward) on this blog and in Congress. I say ignore the story and the crazies on this blog and work to get the crazies in congress voted out. It will help make the world a better place.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      Don’t be too surprised, in a few years these printers will be within the range of nearly everyone that wants one for a reasonable price. All you have to do is have the blueprints, the material it uses and know how to push a few buttons.

      I remember when a full size desktop was $3000 and more. Now, the same computer, only 10 times faster and with more bells and whistles that one could imagine is around $600.

      • elw

        Really, blue prints and plastic that gets heated to change its shape – yes just what everyone wants in the their home, the smell of melted plastics. Just breath in those fumes!

        • Michael Kollmorgen

          I’ve seen it operate on a small scale. It looks like it don’t generates very much.

          It’s probably perfectly safe for the average person to use.

          Personally, I hate the smell of burning plastic, but that’s me.

          • elw

            The smell of buring plastic is not the problem it is the fumes you breath in that are toxic. I doubt very much that it is safe for the average person to use at least at this time. I use to work with plastics and even in small amounts we always wore respirators and worked in special vented rooms.

  • tdm3624

    I think the fear people display has a lot to do with the 24 hour news cycle. Every shooting, kidnapping, and natural disaster is reported. Even rapes in India make front page news. Most headlines highlight the negative aspects of humans and our propensity of violence towards others. I think many Americans don’t realize that for every shooting there are a thousand safe uses of a gun, for every kidnapping there are good Samaritans in the neighborhood who help a child, and for every rape there are many outstanding men who would never contemplate such a horrible act. The problem is that society doesn’t hear about the positive aspects of humans and our efforts to lift others up. By only focusing on the negative we become frightened and paranoid; willing to allow any whisper of conspiracy to take root in our brains (ie.”They’re coming for your guns.” or “Monsato is out to kill us all.”).

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      Well, yea, it makes too much sense really.

      Hype the bad, that’s how papers sell papers, how news broadcasts get better ratings, on and on. More Kinkier the better.

      Of course, you do realize, people like bad news because “it didn’t happen to them”.

      I don’t believe crime per population is any worse than it ever has been. It’s just more visible due to the massive news coverage of it. Instant Communication of it just might be our worst enemy.

  • gopersareignorant

    This is a good example of why the IRS should do what they have done and keep doing it. The bags and retàrdicans are constantly threatening armed uprising. Three chord Ted Nugent threatens to kill the president. The racism that pours out of their mouths is obscene. They are a home of the KKK. Their list of stupidity goes on and on. These nut cases are a threat to a civil society and should be considered domestic terrorists or at minimum potential domestic terrorists. I have no problem at all with the IRS leaning on the bags or retàrdicans. If they want respect as a civil political group they have to act like they deserve it. Otherwise round them up and keep an eye on the nut bags.