Who? Why, Leonard Pitts, that is:
“They’re trying to take our guns away!” Except that it is now theoretically possible for a mental patient to manufacture his own gun in the comfort of his aluminum foil-lined basement. That’s a sobering development with far-reaching implications barely considered, much less addressed, by lawmakers though this technology has existed for over a decade….
It’s a pity some of the energy that has gone into fighting imaginary tyranny did not go into pondering this real and eminently predictable threat.
Well, this sort of thing is what happens when you not only focus all your efforts on taking guns away from the people who didn’t do anything but also leave the dangerous people out there free to predate at will. As for Pitts’ theoretical mental patient…what would said mental patient be doing with access to such things anyway? If he’s a mental patient he’s likely walled off from society anyway, which should mean he doesn’t have access to things like a 3D printer.
There’s always the chance, of course, that Pitts means to foster a dialogue about keeping mentally ill individuals away from guns and the like. But somehow I doubt that, because he’s been blaming guns and the “easy availability” thereof for a good long time, and I doubt he’s going to stop now — or anytime soon, for that matter.