"Inspired by the growing 3D printer-driven maker revolution, an engineer has created a working 3D printed AR-15 automatic rifle".The lead was terribly misleading, and while the article eventually got in all the words that described it properly, you had to tease out the facts that:
- It wasn't an automatic, it was a conventional semiautomatic
- It wasn't a rifle
- It wasn't even an AR-15, but a .22LR pistol built on an AR-15 lower receiver.
But what got me about this article was not the errors in terminology, but the comments. I understand that people who aren't really firearms literate would not be aware of many things, but the view of firearms as inherently evil rather than amoral mechanical things was plainly evident.
- However, the idea of deploying highly accessible technology to output firearms cheaply -- and without legal sanction -- is pretty frightening, given recent events and all the loopholes that can impede effective gun control. (this by the author in the article)