There's great anguish over one group's move to publish detailed plans for printing parts to make a gun or guns with 3-D printers.
The government is set to allow that to happen, having lost a couple of cases in court. Liberals, led by New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, are aghast, demanding action to block the Internet site.
Despite the cries of horror, it's likely the plans will be published. Backers say they've already been downloaded by thousands of people, including plans for an AR-15 type rifle supposedly downloaded by more than a thousand.
In truth, though, regardless of how you feel about guns, you should know it's next to impossible to suppress this kind of technology — or the information behind it. Suppose gun-control forces did manage to make these plans illegal. They're already out there.
That means that the bad guys, criminals, terrorists and nut cases who might actually use them for evil purposes, probably already have a set of the plans. If these are made illegal, it'll only mean that the common citizen — you and me — will have no access to them.
But what do we care? We weren't going to print and sell 3-D guns anyway.
You cannot put the genie back in the bottle. Like the knowledge needed to design nuclear weapons, these plans are published. People have them. Some of them are bad guys.
Humans have a strong strain of belief that making something illegal will make it go away. That has worked well in the 1920s War on Alcohol and the 20th-21st century War on Drugs, hasn't it? …
At the same time, having those plans on the Internet won't make much difference in our lives. There likely are too many guns out there already. …
Just as unleashing concealed carry did not lead to a slew of gun deaths, distributing these plans won't lead to a new era of crime or shootings. Gun lovers will want to keep their well-made steel originals. Criminals don't much care what they get as long as they don't pay much and it can't be traced, to them, at least.
But don't tell anyone who believes in gun control, because their emotions tell them it will work.
— The Oberlin Herald