“To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm . . . is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of constitutional privilege.” [Wilson v. State, 33 Ark. 557, at 560, 34 Am. Rep. 52, at 54 (1878)]
Certain people watch crime dramas because there is nothing better on, others because they like these shows, some simply because they find the subject matter hilarious.
I have gone through all these stages, but now I think I am at the point that I don’t find this stuff funny anymore. I almost never watch any of the CSI shows anymore, especially CSI New York. It is usually on opposite one of my favorite shows, Fringe, and I always considered it to be the worst of the Crime Scene Investigation shows. Why? well first off every episode of CSI NY seemed to portray NYPD officers as infallible, and the ones that aren’t are quickly let go. This is a falsehood, the entire government of New York city is shot through with corruption, but this is just one falsehood among many.
What has set me off in this case isn’t the ridiculous montages, the rose colored glasses towards police work or even the cruddy filmmaking techniques used. What gets me going is the apparent obsession among the writers of the CSI shows about printable guns. Even though they don’t yet exist in the form that they are portrayed. The writers of these shows have laid out 2 fantastic scenarios where printable guns are used by heinous villains to wreak havoc. In the first such episode the technical errors were beyond ridiculous, with the assassin suffering an allergic reaction to his 3D printed plastic firearm, which makes the weapon and it’s user very easy to track, in addition to various other bits of silliness.
In the second they really outdid themselves, some guy comes up with a 3D printed metal firearm. Essentially a copy of a S&W 38 snub nose, once again the weapon proves to be so exotic that tracing it back to it’s origin point is child’s play.
I suppose what fried me the most about the story is that the inventor of the printed gun is portrayed as a good little lamb who got mixed up with a bad guy and paid the price for it. All he wanted to do was create the technology that would allow armies and policemen the ability to manufacture all the guns that they would need. Civilian personal defense is not even considered, and the technology is unceremoniously shit canned after the show is over.
Now I don’t know enough about 3D printing, it’s something which interests me though and I do know that 3D printing in metal is currently prohibitively expensive, and the result would probably not be strong enough to withstand repeated shots. Personally I think that the best use of the tech right now is in the construction of AR-15 lowers. I have some other thoughts on the subject, but I need to do my own due diligence on this tech before I can go forward.
However it is quite mind boggling to see various statists crapping their pants in terror over the specter of printed firearms. Laws have already been proposed to ban them. As things are now, one would be much better served by a Mosin Nagant, muzzle loading shotgun, or Hi Point pistol than any 3D printed firearm that is technically feasible at the moment. Yet in their distinctive way the nanny statists are making themselves look so stupid that it isn’t even funny anymore as they flop around, desperately fighting the advance of technology.