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A printed gun is pretty much going to be inferior in every way to most of the things Americans have access to.
The point is not that it is a product.
The point is that it is possible now, everywhere, to anyone with a printer. This means that people are basically faced two choices for the future:
1. Live in a world where anyone with the few hundred to drop on a printer can create a very spooky piece of shitty plastic, and possibly do something bad with it.
2. Create and enforce draconian laws around any sort of the ever more affordable manufacturing capability that is becoming available to the average consumer.
Yes, making a "real" metal gun was entirely possible before, but in the mind of the public that was always in the realm of those "other people", the mysterious oil stained wizards who speak strange words like "lathes", "muh SAE", and "drill press".
But now your typical artfag student can just as easily print out a dickbutt sculpture from a file they downloaded off the internet, as they can do the same to make a "gun".
So this has people thinking, "What stops him from going fucking nuts with his infinite ABS murder machines".
You and I already know the answer is "The exact same fucking thing that typically keeps people from stabbing strangers or forcing children to drink bleach", but it's something Football Dad and Soccer Mom are just starting to come to terms with.
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