When Cody Wilson revealed the world’s first fully 3-D printed gun last year, he showed that the “maker” movement has enabled anyone to create a working, lethal firearm with a click in the privacy of his or her garage. Now he’s moved on to a new form of digital DIY gunsmithing. And this time the results aren’t made of plastic. Wilson’s latest radically libertarian project is a PC-connected milling machine he calls the Ghost Gunner. Like any computer-numerically-controlled (or CNC) mill, the one-foot-cubed black box uses a drill bit mounted on a head that moves in three dimensions to automatically carve digitally-modeled shapes into polymer, wood or aluminum. But this CNC mill, sold by Wilson’s organization known as Defense Distributed for $1,200, is designed to create one object in particular: the component of an AR-15 rifle known as its lower receiver. That simple chunk of metal has become the epicenter of a gun control firestorm. A lower receiver is the body of the gun that connects its stock, barrel, magazine and other parts. As such, it’s also the rifle’s most regulated element. Mill your own lower receiver at home, however, and you can order the rest of the parts from online gun shops, creating a semi-automatic weapon with no serial number, obtained with no background check, no waiting period or other regulatory hurdles. http://www.wired.com/2014/10/cody-wilson-ghost-gunner/
Comments like the parent assume that it is obvious that this product should be banned? Why? It's a milling machine with a program, so what?
- Laws are supposed to regulate illegal behavior, but creep more and more towards regulating intent. If killing someone is illegal, throw murderers in jail. No, let's outlaw weapons (UK) - throw anyone in jail who has a weapon. Outlaw parts of weapons (lower receivers). Outlaw the ability to manufacturer parts of guns. Etc. etc.
- The US war on drugs is similar. Outlaw dangerous drugs, then outlaw component chemicals, then outlaw components of the components. Simple iodine is now a harshly regulated chemical, even though it's primary use is as a disinfectant.
With every step along this path, the laws become less clearly enforceable and criminalize a greater range of perfectly acceptable activities. In the end, we are all criminals, living our lives at the mercy of government bureaucrats who could - any time they wish - find a reason to prosecute us. This is not a healthy society.
So...why do people like the parent just assume that milling machines like this should be banned?
> Comments like the parent assume that it is obvious that this product should be banned?
No, my comment assumes that laws are passed with intent and when something comes along that is specifically designed to circumvent that intent then a new law gets passed to close the loophole. I make no judgement whether or not the law SHOULD be written.
> The US war on drugs is similar.
Indeed, It is the perfect example [wikipedia.org] of how the law gets updated to deal with loopholes.
Because they're "thinking" with their emotions. Emotionalism and logic mix about as well as oil and water.
You're confusing emotion with morality.
I don't think so. People want to ban guns out of fear. What does gun ownership have to do with morality?
Women and women-like men.
You demonstrate your confusion well.
the founding fathers anticipated a government using fear excuses to ban weapons and included the 2nd amendment...
it is a turning point in history that the 1st amendment requires the 2nd to be effective...
Amen and amen.They lived under something oppressive, replaced it with something better and could not have done so without firearms and mortal force.They wanted this option available in the future for when their then better system went the way all governments go.
And the beauty of printable weapon files that they wrap the 2nd amendment in the 1st, so that the 1st amendment protects the 2nd amendment which protects the 1st amendment which... well, you get the idea.