Mon Dec 24, 2012, 06:53 PM
Recursion (43,089 posts)
A bit more grist for the mill on gun availability
Downloading a gun's design plans to your computer, building it on a three-dimensional printer and firing it minutes later. No background checks, no questions asked.
Sound far-fetched? It's not. And that is disquieting for gun control advocates.
Rep. Steven Israel, D-NY, said the prospect of such guns becoming reality is reason enough for the renewal of the Undetectable Firearms Act, which makes illegal the building of guns that can't be detected by X-ray or metallic scanners. That law expires at the end of 2013.
At least one group, called Defense Distributed, is claiming to have created downloadable weapon parts that can be built using the increasingly popular new-generation of printer that utilizes plastics and other materials to create 3-D objects with moving parts. University of Texas law student Cody Wilson, the 24-year-old "Wiki Weapons" project leader, says the group last month test fired a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle - one of the weapon types used in the Connecticut elementary school massacre - which was built with some key parts created on a 3-D printer. The gun was fired six times before it broke.
Though no independent observer was there to verify the test, a short video clip showing the gun firing and breaking was posted to YouTube. Federal firearms regulators said they are aware of the technology's gun-making potential, but do not believe an entire weapon has yet been made.
I don't know that this genie is going back into the bottle.
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A bit more grist for the mill on gun availability (Original post)
Response to Recursion (Original post)
Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:37 PM
wandy (3,539 posts)
1. Guns. Why does it always have to be guns............
Think about all of the things you have thrown out because you couldn't get some little plastic part.
Or having to go out in bad weather because some 'chunk' of household needed some 'chunk' or another. NOW!
The annoying little items you just keep forgetting to pick up at the hardware store.
As the cost of 3d printers reaches household afford ability, well just think of the convenience.
Go online -> Down load 'build plan' -> print part.
But Noooooo. It's....
Oh Boy, Oh Boy I'm gonna print me a gun.
Oh my god someone might print a gun.
Truly; the gods must be crazy.
Response to OneMoreDemocrat (Reply #2)
Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:49 PM
Recursion (43,089 posts)
3. It is incredible. And frightening
And it may render a lot of what we're talking about (along with most of our industrial economy) obsolete in only a few years.
Response to Recursion (Reply #3)
Mon Dec 24, 2012, 07:55 PM
OneMoreDemocrat (913 posts)
4. I agree...
machines that can do what these printers can do could possibly lead to an 'Un-industrial Revolution', wherein you need about four people to run a factory.
The double-edged sword of technology.