Of Guns and Printers

Much hay has been made about 3D-printed plastic guns, and along comes a new set of articles about the same folks, this time announcing that a milling machine can make the parts that really do need to be made of metal, as reported here.  Of course, CNC machines have been around for a long, long time; so the idea that this is new is somewhat inaccurate. Yet as the price of automated milling machines comes down over the years, it is true that regulated production of metal parts, such as the receiver in a gun, becomes ever more irrelevant. The Maker movement is a fabulous form of empowerment; but we will always see ramifications that will be less inspiring and more threatening to our own freedom.  This is a one-way street we are walking down.

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