Not so fast. Open source the design and use a 3D printer to make them and they become cheap and ubiquitous. The next stage is developing defenses against them and the govt versions get much smaller, faster, smarter and expensive.
Lather, rinse, repeat (goto lather).
How much of this technology will be manufactured overseas? Think they’ll just ‘let’ you have it? 3D printers aren’t cheap. Are they made in this country? Are you financially secure enough to survive the coming Weimar Republic intact? If not...
Alternatively they could just make 3D printers illegal.
I’ll reiterate. YOU do not have a multibillion dollar R&D budget. I’m not downplaying any push back on this though. I’m just not hopeful is all.
The ‘sorting out’ cycle may be shorter than hundreds of years it took with gunpowder to give peasants some sort of tactical equality. It probably won’t be in OUR lifetime however. Ask yourself how able the average soviet peasant, circa 1965, would have access to the same tech as the communist elites. That’s where we’re headed.
You’ll know when they’ve perfected the *cheap* tactical elimination option. The gun controllers will go silent. Dogs that stop barking. So, clearly, we’re not there. Yet. Who knows how long we have...
I’m not a revolutionary. Just a realist. Freedom exists in humanity in very short stints in tiny little pockets of people. This one is closing rapidly. It’s the nature of things.