I've said this, but people have ignored it here.
Did you know that you can print 3D objects at home? You can print in plastics, and metals. The technology, depending on what material you want to use, is relatively pricey at this point(but not out of reach of the average person), but getting cheaper and cheaper every day.
3D printers are going to be in every home, one of the biggest breakthroughs in technology. So, does knowing that someone could print off a gun at home change the way you think about going about gun violence? If we were able to remove all guns from the USA, someone could print one off to use on their shooting spree.
Let's be honest, do we really think that, with this technology, we have any chance of keeping guns out of the hands of bad guys?
Jaxson, Jaxson that's no problem! They'll just make 3D printers illegal...of course they'll wait until a 3D gun is used to kill school children. Hey, guess what, HP will then replace the NRA as the devil. Printer control laws are meant to be because printer control laws = PC laws They will be politically correct.
Okay, so I just recently learned of 3-D printing technology. While I understand that a gun could be printed, would it actually be functional?
Yes, you can print anything from plastics to titanium. All of a gun except the barrel, chamber, and a few other little parts can be made out of plastics. The costs to print metal are high now, it would probably be about 3 times the cost of purchasing a similar gun, but those costs have been dropping dramatically.
3D printing is going to be everywhere. Imagine being able to print your own decorations, paintings, furniture, dishes, heck they are even working on printing food(no kidding).
The silence is telling...
Kind of awkward to realize that getting rid of guns is impossible, and would be more futile to try every day.
And remember I really am quite fond of you.
I don't think it's the subject matter. I just don't think anyone wants to play with you any more.
You don't want a discussion anyway. You want to prove that you are right. Those who agree with you already believe you are right. You have yet to convince anyone that I can see on the forums who disagreed with you over to your side.
Discussion is fun or enlightening or even soul-cleansing...or whatever the purpose may be. But both parties are supposed to get something out of it. The only person getting anything out of conversations with you lately is you.
No one wants to have that kind of one-sided conversation.
So just go ahead and assume you've proved your point. Since that seems to have been your goal you can walk away happy.
Melissa, I'm always happy to have a conversation, and you're right that a one-sided conversation isn't fun. But I discuss with people. I reply to what they say. I provide substantiation for my claims and defend my arguments with reasoning, statistics, studies, etc.
When people reply to me with reasoning, statistics, studies, etc, I respond. Sometimes I challenge things, and sometimes my viewpoint changes.
That doesn't happen much here though. I'm sorry, I just don't put up with unsubstantiated claims and straw man arguments. If you think I'm just here to prove I'm right, then I'm sorry, but you're wrong. Every other forum I participate in, I find people who challenge my arguments. That even happens occasionally here.
But mostly it's straw man arguments, disrespect, and one-sided arguments. For instance, I might ask a question, someone else comes back with their own questions, I take the time to answer theirs, and they then refuse to answer mine. Or, I say X, and someone claims I said Y and attacks that argument instead of what I actually said.
But hey, if peoples' feelings get hurt by having their arguments challenged, that's not really my problem. Allowing your ideas to be challenged is the best way to grow.
Also, Melissa, threads like this prove the opposite of what you are saying. A lot of people here simply aren't interested in the truth. For someone who wants to get rid of guns, addressing the fact that people can make them at home challenges their entire viewpoint, so it's easier to ignore.
When I showed quite clearly that Bain Capital did great things for the companies it invested in(net), nobody who bought into the media's 'Corporate Vulture' concept replied, because they didn't want their entire viewpoint that Bain and Romney were bad people challenged.
When I showed that GE paid an average of 20% taxes over the years, none of the people who had been criticizing GE for taking advantage of loopholes replied.
When I show someone who thinks the rich pay almost no federal taxes while the poor and middle-class pay 30-35% that the wealthy actually pay a much higher percentage than anyone else, my response is almost always ignored.
There are many, many examples.
It's not me, I'm 100% willing to change my viewpoint if better information than I have comes along, and I actually do it quite often. Just not here, because that doesn't happen often here.
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