“Milan Kundera savagely mocked this version of libertarianism in his novel, Immortality.
‘Because people in the West are not threatened by concentration camps and are free to say and write what they want, the more the fight for human rights gains in popularity, the more it loses any concrete content, becoming a kind of universal stance of everyone toward everything, a kind of energy that turns all human desires into rights,” he wrote. “The world has become man’s right and everything in it has become a right: the desire for love the right to love, the desire for rest the right to rest, the desire for friendship the right to friendship, the desire to exceed the speed limit the right to exceed the speed limit, the desire for happiness the right to happiness, the desire to publish a book the right to publish a book, the desire to shout in the street in the middle of the night the right to shout in the street.’
One could add: the desire to shoot, the right to shoot.”
[np_storybar title=”Matt Gurney: Plastic guns are not cause for alarm” link=”http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/05/08/matt-gurney-plastic-guns-a-technological-revolution-but-no-game-changer/”]The emergence of printed guns would seem to undermine the primary purpose of most gun control efforts: keeping guns out of the hands of certain people.
Unsupervised children, felons, the mentally ill, those under court orders or otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm — even most gun owners would agree these people should not have access to a firearm, printed or otherwise.
But at this time, it seems unlikely that such a niche technology as 3D printers will actually do much to get guns into the hands of these people, or anyone else. Why go plastic when you can stick with steel?
It’s not just bomb-making instructions and Daniel Pearl murder videos that you can find online. Joining them now is the world’s first downloadable gun.
Meet Cody Wilson, a law student at the University of Texas, who posted…
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