3D-Printed Guns and Violent Video Games
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A non-profit in Texas called Defense Distributed is working to perfect its design for a so-called "Wiki Weapon," a plastic gun made with a 3D printer that would fire like the real McCoy.
Earlier this month, the group successfully 3D-printed and tested a 30-round magazine for an AR semi-automatic rifle, according to Forbes, circumventing proposed laws that would outlaw high-capacity clips.
This week on New Tech City, reporter Eric Molinsky reports on the debate in the 3D-printing world over whether people should be allowed to print whatever they want, including gun parts.
Molinsky spoke with 3D printers (the people, not the machines) in Manhattan who are appalled by the idea of making lethal weapons.
But outside New York and San Francisco, some people are excited by the prospect of creating things like cars and guns out of plastic, according to Matt Griffin, author of a forthcoming book about 3D printing.
"Advocates of 3D printing don't want this technology to get dragged into the contentious national debate over guns," Molinsky reports. "They worry lawmakers might overreact and pass laws that could end up slowing down the speed of innovation for an entire industry."
Then, New Tech City takes a look at the latest research on violent video games with Cheryl Olson, co-author of Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games And What Parents Can Do.