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- Personally, I‘m for the spread of any knowledge or technology that makes social issues moot. An example: a few years ago embryonic stem cell research was extremely controversial, with persons in the pro-life position (like myself at the time) concerned about the moral implications of destroying live human embryos for scientific experiments. (Notwithstanding that most of those embryos would have been discarded as medical waste anyway.) With the discovery of adult stem cells (which are advantageous in certain practical as well as ethical respects,) together with the advent of harvesting stem cells from umbilical cord blood, the entire issue went from political red meat in the 2004 US presidential election to not mentioned at all in 2008. Regardless of your own views on prenatal personhood, stem cell research no longer requires the destruction of human embryos. Moot point. We moved on.
This is much the same. My own view is I support much stronger gun control. But that opinion was only relevant in a world before the 3D printing revolution. When anybody can print a handgun in their own home, my opinion (and yours for that matter) on the subject no longer counts. The instant the Wiki Weapons Project could distribute physibles over the Internet, whether you see it as the opening of Pandora‘s Box or Prometheus giving Man the gift of fire, the whole discussion of gun control no longer matters. Moot point. We move on.Dec 6, 2012
- A gun with a plastic barrel will blow up in your face. The upper receiver which connects to the barrel would melt immediately. You can't make springs out of plastic. A plastic gun is a toy, not a weapon. These guys built a part of a gun that never touches a bullet. This is simply people getting all scared over really nothing.Dec 6, 2012
- I have to agree with. Anything that gets the focus away from the minutiae that people argue over and back onto more relevant issues that affect us all (like foreign and domestic policy) is a good thing in my book.Dec 6, 2012
- Once again, the plans for building your own AR-15/M-16 is already out there. That is what DD used for their design. Here you go. http://www.biggerhammer.net/ar15/cad/Dec 6, 2012
- I love all the pronouncements that plastics won't stand up to the stress and heat generated in a gun. They remind me of all the people who were positive that you couldn't make guns out of ceramic materials, because they would fracture too easily. I wonder how long it will be before 3D printers can work with carbon-fiber impregnated materials?
And the REAL reason that there is a lot of concern about gun made using 3D printers has nothing to do with making it easier for people to GET guns - it has to do with making it easier for people to CONCEAL guns. Most attempts to provide "security" against guns use metal detectors -- which simply don't detect either plastic or ceramic guns.Dec 6, 2012
- All this talk about printed guns, what about currency?? If I was a criminal that'd be first thing to be printed!Dec 7, 2012