Despite the headline, this article is actually not about 3D-printed guns. It’s not about their legality, the threat they represent, the legal wrangling over them or even the societal wisdom of bearing arms.
This article isn’t about 3D-printed guns because even the issue of 3D-printed guns itself is not truly about 3D-printed guns.
Rather, it’s about the fascinating dynamic of people, technology and government that has been playing out since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, one that continues to unfold at an ever-accelerating pace today.
So, let’s take a quick look before we examine the deeper implications.