The aurora shooting has re-inflamed the gun-rights versus gun-control debate. There's one part of the gun-control advocates' position that I've never understood.
Let's say that somehow, via legislation and enforcement, every single existing civilian gun was removed from the face of the earth, and all military and police weapons were perfectly safeguarded.
What on earth would stop people such as criminals from building their own guns?
Guns were invented hundreds of years ago. Many very lethal versions are extremely low technology items. They were specifically designed to be easily built with minimal equipment.
I just did a google search with the terms "build your own gun" and got 126,000,000 hits. That's a lot of hits.
An example link shows detailed plans on how to build an AK-47 style machine gun (and/or fully automatic handgun) in 24 hours or less using parts available at Home Depot and the like and tools you have at home. Sure, you might only get a few thousand rounds off with such a weapon before it falls apart, but for a criminal or rampaging psychopath, it will probably do just fine.
Willing to engage machine shops and get parts built according to CAD drawings freely available on the Internet? Well, then it might take several days to get your gun built, but it will be as accurate and reliable as a professionally manufactured weapon, because, well, it is professionally manufactured - you're only doing the final assembly. Use several machine shops for the different parts and nobody will have any idea what you're building.
There's just no way to rid the earth of guns without also ridding the earth of metal. Criminals will always have unfettered access to them.
This makes the concept of gun-control to be so utterly pointless as to be absurd.
Update: Via Instapundit, forget the machine shops, just use a 3D printer to print the gun.