Should We Be Afraid of the 3D Printed Gun?
Ever since Cody Wilson printed his first Liberator (no, not that one. This one.) about a year or so ago, the gun grabbers have been pretzeling themselves into new and somewhat entertaining contortions over just what, if anything, can be done about it.
RKBA proponents hailed it as the second coming while gun grabbers were frantically counting heads and horns. Tragically incontinent commentators took to the airwaves to utter dire prophecies about the new Super Duper Stealth Gun That Will Eat Your Children®, while those of us who actually know a thing or two about how firearms really work sat back, looked at the clunky gadget, and … well, just sort of rolled our eyes a bit.
The truth of the matter, as is usual with such noisy issues, falls smack in that bothersome mushy middle turf.
And leave it to Popular Mechanics to hop forward and play the role of the Sane Man In The Room. Funny, isn’t it, how they seem to make such a habit of that?
On May 5, 2013, the world’s first 3D-printed plastic gun was fired. Called the Liberator, it was designed and output by a group called Defense Distributed, headed by a 25-year-old Texas law student and committed libertarian named Cody Wilson. Hand-wringing and debate ensued. Depending on whom you asked, the 3D-printed gun was a deadly threat or an important Second Amendment advance—but, whether they feared it or loved it, most commentators agreed that the Liberator was a major milestone of some kind. Now that a year has passed, it’s time to ask just how broadly the gun has transformed society.
The answer is, not much.
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