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America’s (3D Printed) Gun Problem

by Amanda Zink, J.D.

Last week, Facebook and Instagram banned gun sales on their platforms. Despite the outcry after each mass shooting, believe it or not, America’s gun problem is only getting worse. Since the year 2000, 500,000 Americans have lost their lives to bullets, and over a million more were injured by guns. Mass shootings now occur within our borders DAILY and a child or teen is shot to death about every 3 hours. Eighty percent of the mass shootings in the world between 2000-2014 were in America. The rest of the world thinks we’ve gone mad. If the rhetoric of conservatives like Donald Trump (“Gun-free zones are target practice for sickos”) continues to override common sense and incontrovertible statistics, the only thing America is going to be great at is killing ourselves off with Glocks.

Oh, and it gets worse. Not only can you be a terrorist and easily buy a gun in this country, be mentally ill and buy a gun, be a 10 year old kid and buy a gun, or be a convicted felon and buy a gun, you don’t even have to BUY a gun now…you can just PRINT one! The technology now exists for Americans to 3D print firearms in their very own homes, and this is totally legal.

Where the Technologies Stand

When 25-year-old Cody Wilson posted the data files for the first 3D printed gun on his website in 2013, the State Department promptly ordered him to take them down…after 100,000 people had downloaded them.

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