Armed With a 3D Printer

El Bandolero is always on the lookout for advances in technology with the potential to advance the cause, and recently discovered Wiki Weapon – 3D Printable Gun – Defense Distributed. This is the sort of thing that can truly warm a Bandolero’s heart. Unfortunately, the company that makes the printers they were going to use was run by left-wing gun control weenies who canceled their contract when they found out what the printers would be used for. Bandolero believes that, in the long run, this was a blessing in disguise. Such printers create 3D objects out of plastic. Bandolero believes that the next quantum leap in 3D printing will employ nanotube technology. Nanotubes are ideally suited to digital manipulation and are capable of forming virtually indestructible objects. Bandolero doesn’t know whether objects made of nanotubes would be detectable by metal detectors and x-ray viewers, but that doesn’t matter. Bandolero would never advocate constructing weapons specifically to avoid detection. The only people who desire undetectable weapons are cowardly terrorists, and Bandolero despises them as much as anybody. They don’t advance any cause or principle that Bandolero favors advancing, at least insofar as known to Bandolero. Bandolero believes that those in power should be fully aware of the weaponry possessed by the citizenry. But, for this to have the desired effect, enough of the citizenry must be armed in order to create in the minds of those in power the necessary and appropriate fear of the citizenry. The problem with government these days is that it does not fear its citizenry. The founders of our great country knew that in order to keep politicians honest, they needed to know that there were armed militias that would storm Congress and wipe them out if they tried messing with our rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. The power of the vote alone would not work. In the first place, it takes too long. In the second place, it’s too easy to manipulate. An armed militia, on the other hand, can dispatch the bastards swiftly and effectively. And our forefathers recognized, and memorialized in our Constitution, the inalienable right to do so.

UPDATE: It appears the horse has left the barn, and Homeland Security is concerned. No mention of advances in nanotube 3-D printer technology, though. As always, Bandolero’s vision exceeds typical horizons.