ATexas lawstudent who allegedly describes himself as an anarchist has produced a weapon that works using a 3-D printer, and a nail from the printer owner's office or residence.
Just when you thought that the technology industry was providing some conveniences, without impairing individual or collective security, along comes this story, on the same day that The United States goes public with more evidence of cyber hacking of their national computers, allegedly by the Chinese.
Now lawmakers will have to design a law to restrict, forbid, or at least control the production of weapons by and for individuals who have a 3D printer. Obsolete already are the many animated conversations about extended background checks, large magazines, and an assault weapons ban especially if one can construct, albeit a still somewhat amateur and inaccurate version, a gun using a design available on the internet.
This is only the tip of the anarchist's dream....where will it surface next, and with what impact.
There is no way a moribund, designed for only bull-low speed, democratic legislature in any country including the United States can or will keep up with the speed of the changes overtaking the tech-world, and thereby the rest of the world as well.
Will this and other models of technology render legislatures and legal structures emasculated, given the appetite for both the design and the production of individual products, especially weapons and especially in the United States?
Will this technology result in a planetary armed camp, including all of those self-radialicalized young men in too many countries who are already salivating at the thought that, regardless of their age, their legal status, their education or occupation, they could and will easily acquire access to the tools necessary for the production of killing instruments, who sophistication can and will only increase, as each generation of product comes along.
Where is Aldous Huxley, and his "Brave New World" now?
from Toronto Star blog May 7, 2013
It's news that's sure to ease the anxieties of any gun owner worried that their government may make it harder to obtain their weapon of choice: forget about gun shops -- now, you can make your own gun.
A gun called the "Liberator" that was made with a 3D printer has been successfully test-fired in the U.S.
The gun was produced by Defense Distributed, a group that says it wants to "defend the civil liberty of popular access to arms" through "information and knowledge related to the 3D printing of arms." It is the second to have made the headlines in the past year.
Each of the Liberator's parts were made using a 3D printer, with the exception of a metal firing pin, which is made from a nail.
The gun made by Defense Distributed, a group headed by 25-year-old law student Cody Wilson, has a piece of steel embedded inside of it so it will be picked up by metal detectors, as required by U.S. laws.
While the barrel of the Liberator is threaded, it's not expected to be extremely accurate -- at least in its current design. The gun uses a small .380 calibre bullet.
The BBC's Rebecca Morelle watched a demonstration of the gun.
Wilson told Morelle his initiative is about "liberty."
"I'm seeing a world where technology says you can pretty much be able to have whatever you want. It's not up to the political players any more," Wilson said, according to the BBC. "I recognize the tool might be used to harm other people - that's what the tool is - it's a gun. But I don't think that's a reason to not do it - or a reason not to put it out there."