Q&D Sheriff's Protest Badge - Parametric

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Q&D Sheriff's Protest Badge - Parametric by MichaelAtOz Dec 21, 2012
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After hearing the news reports today of the NRAs stance I needed to go into print.

I had some Thing at hand so massaged it a bit, and Hey Presto, a Quick & Dirty Protest Badge.

So now the NRA can print themselves a badge of honour to wear.

Gun fights at the School Corral...

mutter mutter mutter

All the bad guy is going to do is take out the armed School Guard as sniper practice... (...so then I suppose the NRA will want guards with Assault rifles prone on all four corners, why not pill-boxes...Predators circling with hellfire...)

"Thinking is man's only basic virtue, from which all the others proceed. And his basic vice, the source of all his evils, is that nameless act which all of you practice, but struggle never to admit: the act of blanking out, the willful suspension of one's consciousness, the refusal to think; not blindness, but the refusal to see; not ignorance, but the refusal to know. It is the act of unfocusing your mind and inducing an inner fog to escape the responsibility of judgment on the unstated premise that a thing will not exist if only you refuse to identify it, that A will not be A so long as you do not pronounce the verdict 'It is evil'."
Ayn Rand
(though I am using this as a point to reflect on the acts of the directors of the NRA, refusing to see A is A)

As whats-his-name said, something has to change.

(Yes I know there aren't that many eight pointed Sheriffs badges, that just makes this one better!)

Badge available via Customizer at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:54505


Updated, as Sheriff's Badge...scad, with the text as parameters at the top of the scad file.

Fiddle with the text and sizes, compile, render print.
(you will need write.scad from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:16193)

edit/ Added a raised text version so you can just use a marker to highlight the text /edit

If you want to wear it, I'd suggest some of those velcro dots and a safety pin.

Don't agree with the message? Derive to your hearts content.

Agree, print one for a friend.

Post a 'I made one' with your message if you want.

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I disagree with your sentiment on the badge, but I disagree more with the reception it's gotten in the comments. I don't think there is anything more American than putting your [printer] where your mouth is. I think art's role in society is to reflect and (at times) to repudiate. You sir, are true artist in my book and I would rather see you post a hundred things I disagree with rather than one more "I don't have a 3D printer but here is this unprintable piece of digital art that I've uploaded anyway" from others. Please keep exercising your first amendment rights in a creative way. :-)

If you are going to quote Any Rand you should acknowledge it. And I don't understand why you would quote her on gun control issue when she didn't have a position as she didn't consider it important. The evil in this situation was an evil individual not the NRA.

Are you all speaking about Ayn Rand -- or really is it Any Rand(om)? ;)

I find this "thing" disgusting and in bad taste. Not to mention totally false. Get serious. I may not agree with everything stated at the recent NRA press conference, but I (and others) will never believe that any member of the NRA has blood on their hands because of the Newtown massacre.

I agree fully - not only is it entirely false, but promotes hatred against a group (in clear violation of the site's Terms of Use). I'm not exactly a fan of the NRA myself, but this is defamatory.

If someone were to take this badge and replace 'NRA' with 'Jews', 'Muslims', or 'PETA', you can bet it would get yanked in a heartbeat.

I really wish people wouldn't post things like this. Thingiverse isn't really the place.

On one hand I agree with you. Obviously on the other I don't.

I uploaded a more parameterised version, to reinforce that this is a generic Protest Badge. (Not withstanding my particular protest)

There are times I view Thingiverse from a purely functional perspective and wonder at the worth of a Black Dynamite - Space Marine Bobblehead (no offence tbuser) v's the latest bowden extruder.

Then I can wonder at some of Dizingof's vases.

Or protest at posting of political i-phone cases.

Thingiverse is a lot of things to many, I think the "verse" bit has turned out to be very apt.

Today it was for me to insult the NRA who in my view insults the world; or at least my type of "right-thinking-people" ;)

"Making judgments of value requires a basis for criticism. At the simplest level, a way to determine whether the impact of the object on the senses meets the criteria to be considered art is whether it is perceived to be attractive or repulsive. Though perception is always colored by experience, and is necessarily subjective, it is commonly understood that what is not somehow aesthetically satisfying cannot be art. However, "good" art is not always or even regularly aesthetically appealing to a majority of viewers. In other words, an artist's prime motivation need not be the pursuit of the aesthetic. Also, art often depicts terrible images made for social, moral, or thought-provoking reasons. For example, Francisco Goya's painting depicting the Spanish shootings of 3rd of May 1808 is a graphic depiction of a firing squad executing several pleading civilians. Yet at the same time, the horrific imagery demonstrates Goya's keen artistic ability in composition and execution and produces fitting social and political outrage. Thus, the debate continues as to what mode of aesthetic satisfaction, if any, is required to define 'art'." - Wikipedia

Not that I'm claiming it is high Art...