First off I'd like to preface the following diatribe with a disclaimer that I live, eat, sleep, and breathe guns (to the point that if my gf
ever leaves me for "cheating" it will be because she thinks I love what's in my gunsafe more than i love her)!
Now that that's out of the way though...
WTF MAN!!!! You are being PART OF THE PROBLEM when you fixate on "printing" firearms using desktop manufacturing technology!
The reality is there is and has been tools PERFECTLY capable of building you even a fairly high tech modern sporting rifle or 200 without you having
to spend 4 years in school and 8 years honing your craft as a machinist for DECADES! Yes sir, you heard me right, DECADES!
The reality is "3d printing" is dangerous because they have the potential to make MILLIONS if not BILLIONS of other established and entrenched High
profit margin low overhead widgets and doodads that make modern society what it is!
Not only that but they are emblematic of the no longer able to be swept under the rug paradigm shift that certain people in power have been sweeping
under the rug for the last 50+ years! (Yes I'm being really conservative with that number) The only reason the whole defcad 3d printed gun thing even
showed up was because public acceptance and, more importantly, integration of this technology into daily life all but drives the final nail in the
coffin of the thought process that says centralization is inherently better than distributed efforts!
And as if this is not bad enough! How long do you think it's going to take for people to realize that their power grid should be local and
decentralized too? Once their power grid is decentralized how long until people realize their education should not be directed from afar? What about
their tax money next? What about having to send representatives to washington DC where their voice will be promptly ignored if they aren't allied with
other representatives from high population density areas?
I submit to you that the reprap coming on the scene was an event very much in the spirit of the Boston tea party, but on a level that makes the
upheaval and restructuring that came in the wake of the tea party look like a tempest in a teapot (heh)!
The reality is centralization, big corporations, big government, and big everything else was always a bastardized "solution" that any idiot can tell
you is far from optimal but because of our limited ability to produce the stuff that made modern life possible, (and the tools that make the stuff
that make modern life possible even more so!) no matter how much you were willing to pay for said machines and etc, it was the best solution we
Now though it's becoming blatantly plain that the underlying factors that made centralization necessary then, even though we've always known it's
profligately wasteful beyond certain thresholds, no longer exist and quite frankly those trying to hold us back from moving on are doing immense
damage to our long term survival outlook as a species.
I suggest highly that you read some of the collected works of robert Buckminster Fuller and ruminate on his commentary about the death of the scarcity
paradigm for awhile, and then reapproach the subject of desktop manufacturing with an eye to the big picture instead of an eye towards building ten
dollar guns in your basement.
edit on 4-6-2013 by roguetechie because: live not leave