With Democrats losing their minds over the “threat” posed by 3D printed guns, a business owner from Fort Worth, Texas, put their claims to the test by building an all-plastic weapon himself and pulling the trigger. Watch what happened.
As courts consider whether an Austin man can legally publish gun blueprints online for people to print their own firearms at home, a Fort Worth business owner decided to showcase just how ridiculous the concern over these useless weapons really is.
Michael Lynn, the owner of 3D Print Everything, said many of these plans already exist online, including a basic pistol called the Liberator, which he printed himself. “I don’t know exactly what it’s gonna take to work, but we’re gonna find out,” he said.
“I was able to print multiple parts at a time and it took 36-hours to get off all the prints off and we were able to do a time lapse of that, that you’ll see,” said Lynn. Ultimately, the Liberator looks like a flare gun, but it’s all plastic from the barrel to the springs. It cost $10 worth of plastic to print 13 pieces that Lynn assembled into the pistol.
While the price tag may seem enticing, as Lynn would soon find out, the weapon, which he had spent a day and a half making, was entirely useless. “People have test fired this gun as we’re about to and it blows up on the very first bullet that they put through it,” he told WFAA. “A lot of people are holding this in their hand and that’s like holding an M80 [firecracker]. It’s just very dangerous.”
Lynn visited Eagle Gun Range in Farmer’s Branch, where owner David Prince agreed to let him test fire his plastic pistol. Prince added a one-inch roofing nail as the firing pin and then inserted a single .380-caliber bullet into the barrel. On the range, several cameras were set up to see what would happen as Prince put the pistol in a vise and tied a string around the trigger to pull it from a distance.
After moving everyone back for safety, Prince pulled the string to fire the pistol — and the gun blew itself apart. In slow-motion, the plastic pistol exploded in every direction. “I’m glad we used a string,” Prince joked as parts of Lynn’s gun lay scattered all over the floor.
The ATF had a similar experience when they printed and fired an all-plastic gun a number of years ago:
“This is not a gun people are going to want to print and use,” said Lynn. “Especially when it blows up in your hand more times than it doesn’t.” He doubts people will invest in printers to create their own inferior firearms when better quality ones remain easily available for the same price or less.
However, according to Breitbart, Lynn’s words run contrary to the impressions given by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), each of whom has warned about the threat posed by undetectable 3D guns. Sen. Markey went so far as to say we have now reached a point in time where a “3D Printer Cartridge [is] as Deadly as a Gun Cartridge.”
Meanwhile, proponents of 3D gun print files have said all along that the firearms they seek are not wholly plastic. Rather, they contain metal parts at stress points for reinforcement. The videos above show why the metal is necessary. And, in addition to adding strength, the presence of metal also makes the guns detectable.
So, in a nutshell, the Democrats are fighting over whether a man should be allowed to publish blueprints which already exist for weapons which are utterly useless, meaning no one in their right mind would want one anyway. Yep, sounds like just the sort of cause the Democrats would take up.