3D Printing – Death To Gun Control
And many other controls as well.
I’ve been following the rise of 3 dimensional printing for a few years now, and we are close to a tipping point. This model, at only $1,750 may seem expensive, but it is actually really cheap. Consider how much VCR’s cost when they first came out, refrigerators, computers, and so forth were all in a similar situation.
The first computer my family got cost almost $1,400, and that was at a discount, had a 1GB hard drive, 128 MB of RAM, 266 mhz processor and a 56k modem. My cell phone has 16 GB of memory, 1GB of RAM, 2ghz of processing power and God only knows at what rates data from the internet is had at, but it is a tremendous improvement, and this is less than 15 years later.
In the next 10 years, or less, imagine how far 3D printing will come. We may not have to wait days for products to arrive via UPS or FedEx. Simply pay the man and a few short moments later your purchase prints out a few feet away. This is where gun control comes into play.
How does a government restrict the free flow of products like guns when the manufacturing could take place in every home on the planet? It seems like these printers will be restricted to plastics and similar materials for a long time, but looking at the pistol I have on my person right now, nearly all the parts could be changed to plastic without harming near term functionality in the least. Really, only the barrel and firing pin must be metal, and even that may not hold true for much longer, given the continuing development of materials that a few short years ago would have been science fiction.
Of course, gun control is a myth in America. I could either buy or easily make modifications to any number of firearms to get something that would be illegal. In fact I am fairly confident I could buy a fully automatic weapon at a lower price than most of the semi auto guns at the local shops. So not much of an impact here, in other places (where gun control is still a myth, but just slightly less of one) Canada, the UK, Germany, who knows where else, the population will very soon have access to anything they want, regardless of what nanny staters attempt to control and prohibit the sale and possession of.
Whole arsenals could be transported on something smaller than your little fingernail…
What this means to governments, even to individuals, is a world where freedom becomes more difficult to restrict, perhaps impossible. In all ways, good, bad or in between.
I just can’t wait to be free of the God forsaken UPS guy who can’t seem to place my packages in any position other than in a puddle. I will set my cat on him someday…
Addition: I was just reminded a few minutes ago about a certain anti-piracy campaign. Of course 3D printing will let piracy explode into non-digital things, as opposed to the intangible digitally stored things that are pirated today. The premise in the ad, is that you wouldn’t download a car, or a wallet or whatever else, right?
No way! Are you fucking kidding me? I would absolutely download a car.
You can already download and print gun parts if you have a 3d printer. Yup. Like I said, the end is near for gun control.