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  •  I've thought about this all day and I think I'm in (0+ / 0-)

    favor of the 3d gun idea.  I'm surprised by that as well.

    Why?

    Because I'm sick and tired of the entire culture of constant surveillance.  If this thing catches on, maybe they won't bother with the fucking metal detectors anymore.  We've turned into a country of anal cavity inspections.  So my hat's off to the guy who invented this.  I see the point.

    This is a minority opinion, I know, but it's how I feel about this.

    •  More guns prompt more surveillance. (0+ / 0-)

      Vicious cycle, that.

      {Not a sigline. You are hallucinating.}

      by koNko on Tue May 07, 2013 at 05:07:43 AM PDT

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    •  You must be kidding (0+ / 0-)

      If they have plastic guns that are not able to be detected by x-rays, then we will have more intrusive searches that can detect them.

      The government is terrified, and also desperately wants the American people to be terrified. That's not going to stop because things get MORE dangerous for everybody.

      •  Actually, I read the statement by the (0+ / 0-)

        designer, and although I don't sympathize with the adolescent anarchist tone of it, I acknowledge the principle that it's a statement: "All your intrusions into our life on the excuse of security are quickly made obsolete by ironically trivial means."

        In some ways (and you can dispute this, but it's just my parallel to explain my viewpoint, not an argument I want to flesh out and dfend) this is like our saying that building fences to keep out illegals is a waste of money because somebody will always build a bigger and cheaper ladder.  "But without a wall, a terrorist could just waltz into the country!"  Yup, so?

        So now they will have to do more and more intrusive inspections to make sure we're not all carrying plastic guns?  Fine.  Fuck 'em.  

        While they're at it, they might want to worry about asshole bombs.  Along similar lines, I've long thought if a terrorist group wanted to send a blood-curdling message to the US, they'd shove a bomb up their asshole or coochie before boarding a flight.  "Oh no, we have asshole bombers!  Stop checking people's shoes and start checking out people's assholes!"  Right.  Get the asshole-bomb-sniffing dogs on that right away.  "The dog is sniffing that woman's snatch.  Grab her!"

        You might say, "Don't give the terrorists such scary ideas," but I kind of wish they would do it (having figured this out themselves, not because of a post of mine).  Thus making Homeland Security escalate the inspections to the point of absurdity or else admit that they're just spying on us because they can.

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