Perhaps it was naive of us, as citizens of a supposedly-free country, to presume that we could so openly flaunt our ability to produce something (save for a filled-out tax form) without Uncle Sam’s permission. While Obama’s faithful prophets at Organizing for America (#OFA) run wild with tweets about #NotBackingDown (from gun control), the State Department is setting its crosshairs on 3D-printing. You silly plebeians should know that all activity (and information) must be taxed, licensed, or banned.
25-year-old Cody Wilson, the man who invented the world’s first 3D-Printed gun, the brain behind Defense Distributed, is learning that the hard way.
Defense Distributed’s stated mission is to be the harbinger of a world in which all citizens could have easy access to printable firearms. Wilson envisions a world in which citizens have the right to easily arm themselves, if they so wish:
This project might change the way we think about gun control and consumption. How do governments behave if they must one day operate on the assumption that any and every citizen has near instant access to a firearm through the Internet? Let’s find out.
The Federal Leviathan didn’t like that. So, according to Betabeat, some microtyrants sent Cody this letter (click to enlarge):
Just look at all those delightful acronyms! My reaction to this was basically ‘TLDR,” we all know the gist of it anyway.
“NO.JPEG, only tax-subsidized employees should have easy access to firearms.” – John Kerry, Secretary of State (no citation needed)
“Hey! Don’t forget Mexican Drug Cartels“- Eric Holder, Attorney General (no citation needed)
SOPA, PIPA, CISPA– why does the government need to pass these bills to tighten the leash on we the subjects? As is evident, they can simply use their numerous fiat agencies to shut down portions of the internet that distribute information that they do not favor.
By now, most people have heard about the Open Carry March that radio host Adam Kokesh is leading on July 4th. The event proposes that 1,000+ strangers walk into the capitol of the Federal Leviathan bearing loaded weapons. It is a foolish idea; too many incalculable variables. The event’s proposed actions carry too much potential to go sideways– ending in mass arrests, or even violence.
If proponents of free commerce, production, and yes, gun rights really wanted to send an impactful message? They should be marching in to give out flash drives with “Liberator” 3D-print files and various 3D-printed plastic shapes. An armed police barricade blocking a contingent of flash-drive-carrying activists would look far more ridiculous for the police. As it stands, Kokesh is giving the lefties in the corporate media the exact kind of stories and imagery they crave to paint gun owners as crazy, hostile, and threatening.
Of course, despite the draconian approach of the State Department, the files are still out there– if you want them. Seek the wisdom of Google, or other torrent sites; I don’t want John Kerry replacing my blog content with a big picture of a State Department Eagle — but I wish you happy hunting.