The common 'liberal' mindset in modern American politics (historically defined as the statist, authoritarian, big-government mindset) imagines a world in which every problem can be solved, every program funded, and every man/woman/child made equal through government policies which restrict, redistribute, or otherwise manipulate the natural state of the market/world. Last week we got yet another example of why these efforts (in the long term) are fatally flawed when a young law student from Texas successfully tested and released his design for a 3D-plastic-printed gun. http://gizmodo.com/the-world-s-first-entirely-3d-printed-gun-fires-its-fir-493093467 http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygre...-worlds-first-entirely-3d-printed-gun-photos/ Interesting timeing. Just as the debate in our society ramps up surrounding whether or not our nanny state government should 'allow' law-abiding civilians (representing 99% of the gun market) to purchase and own the firearms they see fit (a right specifically guaranteed to them by the constitution, and more broadly guaranteed to them by the laws of nature (to defend one's self)... this happens. One young man, 25, in his basement, designing a plastic gun which can be printed at nearly zero cost, which also happens to be undetectable by security scanning devices, that totally changes the debate. All of a sudden, through innovation spurred on by natural market forces, the citizenry has found a way around the oppressive government that pretends to represent it. Personally, I find this particular news story to be somewhat humorous... I enjoy seeing those who think they can control the world watch in horror as the control they desire slips through their fingers. Others, seem to have a different take: But, I'm really curious what everyone else here things. To say that my pro-liberty, pro-constitution, pro-free-choice positions are usually in the minority in this form is a vast understatement to say the least. What do you think? Should the government put the hammer down? Should all plastic guns be outlawed? How about 3-D printing devices? Should Mr. Wilson be punished somehow for his invention? Is there someway the government can contain this disaster? How?