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3D printing is a fabulous technological advance, and anyone with a creative mind will be thrilled at the possibilities that could be just around the corner as a result of its development….

Or would be if some dick hadn't decided to use it to make a weapon:…

Yes, we're back on the gun-debate-thing. And this time the pro-gun crowd are pissing me off because they've set in motion a chain of events that will stifle the potentially fabulous ability to transfer what you create on your computer into the real world.

The man behind it harps on about liberty being his motivation for doing it.

What rot.

Liberty has to be tempered with responsibility, otherwise you just have anarchy. Using new technology to build a gun doesn't make you a champion for freedom, it makes you an attention seeking moron who gives the powers-that-be REASON to restrict it. They will now do everything the can to prevent the proliferation of the technology. They will restrict the materials, current and future, that can be used in the printers. They will put as many bureaucratic hoops in the way as they can to stop anyone without the right permits, documentation, licensing or political standing from utilising it.
This egomanic ass-hat has thwarted, undermined and scuppered the plans that future creative minds could have implemented to better the world and life on it, all because he wanted to raise a mid digit at those who think guns might be dangerous in the wrong hands.

People that reach for the stars are always dragged back down to earth by the Neanderthals that just want to hit things with a rock.
  • Listening to: Booming orchestral scores
  • Reading: a book
  • Watching: Craptacular anime
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: Bread
  • Drinking: Water
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914four Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My take on the subject is let them have at it; as the guns explode, it will a) clean up the gene pool a bit and b) perhaps discourage future attempts.
JerryKun Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013


I just found this and remembered your journal here...enjoy?…

jollyjack Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
My concern wasn't at the effectiveness of the gun, but the extra hurdles and restrictions its existence could potentially place on the new technology that created it.
JerryKun Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Oh, they were going to regulate the hell out of it anyway.  They just found themselves a reason to do it without anyone arguing with them.  At least it is nice to know that the pending army of the one-shot-massacre is going to need some good financial backing.  =P 
alphamule Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Well, next thing you know, random people will be able to just print books without going through the church. Because information is viral and deadly on it's own, that was actually a legitimate fear from the powers-that-be (before everyone in the modern world was exposed constantly to advertisements and politics and turned apathetic? heh). Seriously though, technology being used to make cheap copies of physical items is just the next cycle in history. Old guard gives way -> new guard adapts to sea change -> Disruptive technology is fought tooth-and-nail -> Old guard gives way...

You just don't want to see what the old guard is willing to do in the beginning of the disruptive stage. Galileo's generation, for example. :(
ShawnLeroy Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're blaming the pro-gun crowd because the anti-gun crowd is so afraid of guns that they might stop this wonderful invention? Really? Jack, I respect you, man, but that's asinine.

If you ask me, making a complex thing like a weapon with these things really pushes 3D printing's limits. Call me naive, but I think it is excellent to test stuff.
Now, was this fellow going to take this weapon and kill innocent people? I don't know.
Unless we have a confession, we can only speculate, but odds are, he wasn't.
Also, wouldn't a gun made out of the material used in this process break after being fired once?

Common sense is such a rare and exotic thing these days. Don't blame the guy for the mass hysteria that he had nothing to do with. ;)
Ioialoha Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
unfortunately, there are far more neanterthals than there are star-seekers.
Kyta-Satora Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
So deep I agree (that's wat she said)
CoredDesigns Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Artist
Let us not forget our recent Batman lore. "Some people just want to see the world burn". And said people are just a$$holes. And the concern about this, in my opinion, is that this is a plastic gun that could be made anywhere at anytime and be very easily destroyed once used. Not visible to x-ray if the firing pin is removed, its just a dangerous idea but then I point to the comment above. Alfred was right.
marsatas Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What baffles be is that some people think of that gun as some sort of breakthrough(for better or worse) and some are worried about the blueprint being given to everyone. I might be missing something but isn't it really god damn easy to make a working model of a gun, you then only adjust some measurements due too weakness of the plastic and boom, working gun. But yeah, the dude is an ass-hat for causing all nonsense.
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