I agree with you here Sardondi. The benefits of 3d printing significantly outnumber the negatives. But I have to point out that only looking at the numbers and not considering the unintended consequences of only one negative is concerning.
I am a pretty big gun ownership guy. But I do have a strong belief that the constitution is short sighted on who merits ownership. At the same time Pud's question about the motives of distributing firearm schematics over the internet is a good place to have a discussion.
My take is by far most of it is not very well thought out. It's the early tech adapters, people who dream about maybe being the first on the block to have the newest gen phone, or hottest processor, the car no one can get. Like they really have the printers and fabricators to make the code useful. But it's free and doesn't cost anything to store. Maybe one day they think.
Some of the dl'ers have done it because they think our current Administration is capable of anything. They dl'd the software because they know what Obama and his minions are capable of - and I can't blame them. It's gathering the nuts in Fall against the Winter when things may have gotten so bad that the only firearms to be had are those which you make yourself. Of course things will have to be some dystopian hell like The Road
before it isn't the very definition of crazy to try to make it work, but it costs nothing to store the code today, and
who knows, the government might try to shut down the free code dl one day.
Oh, but wait, that's already happened, hasn't it?
Yes, some MIT types will find a way to fabricate some of these digital handguns. But so what? All they will have done is find a much more difficult and expensive way to build a more cumbersome mousetrap of limited utility. It's like trying to hold an old 40's Graflex camera in one hand. Awkward and ugly.
But being worried about digital handguns is like the autoworkers' union being upset about a book being sold which tells you how to hand-build a complete auto from scratch.