Gun Control is Dead and the First Amendment Killed It
Gun Control is Dead and the First Amendment Killed It
Liberals have been trying to impose gun control since the birth of our nation. From black codes, to Dianne Feinstein…
…to Barack Obama’s love of Australian gun confiscation, disarmament has been their goal from Day One. They’d love nothing more than to shove their “Democratic Socialism” down our throats with the least amount of resistance possible. Case in point: Here’s the most recent leftist congressional candidate—whom the (Liberal) Women’s March is touting as the next coming of Christ—who’s working to take away a woman’s right to choose…which model of gun she’d like to carry:
I’m sorry for Ms. McBath’s loss. I really am. But disarming me and leaving me vulnerable to the same fate is not the answer.
Meanwhile, many on the Right are touting the decision out of the Ninth Circuit this week that surprisingly found Hawaii’s ban on open-carry unconstitutional. Yes, this is the same Ninth Circuit that often rules on how it FEELS, most recently using candidate Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric as “evidence” when it halted President Trump’s travel ban. And yes, I say “rule” rather than “decision” because that’s indeed what they do: all-too-often, they manufacture whatever “evidence” they must in order to reach a pre-determined conclusion. They are reportedly one of the most reversed appellate courts in the entire country.
But it really doesn’t matter. Because here’s the catch: gun control is a moot point. Why? Here’s why:
Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson, who created the first fully 3D-printed firearm. (Photo Credit: Forbes)
Five years ago, 25-year-old radical libertarian Cody Wilson stood on a remote central Texas gun range and pulled the trigger on the world’s first fully 3-D-printed gun. When, to his relief, his plastic invention fired a .380-caliber bullet into a berm of dirt without jamming or exploding in his hands, he drove back to Austin and uploaded the blueprints for the pistol to his website, Defcad.com…
The law caught up. Less than a week later, Wilson received a letter from the US State Department demanding that he take down his printable-gun blueprints or face prosecution for violating federal export controls. Under an obscure set of US regulations known as the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Wilson was accused of exporting weapons without a license, just as if he’d shipped his plastic gun to Mexico rather than put a digital version of it on the internet. He took Defcad.com offline, but his lawyer warned him that he still potentially faced millions of dollars in fines and years in prison simply for having made the file available to overseas downloaders for a few days. “I thought my life was over,” Wilson says.
But then Donald Trump won an election in which he wasn’t supposed to prevail:
Two months ago, the Department of Justice quietly offered Wilson a settlement to end a lawsuit he and a group of co-plaintiffs have pursued since 2015 against the United States government. Wilson and his team of lawyers focused their legal argument on a free speech claim: They pointed out that by forbidding Wilson from posting his 3-D-printable data, the State Department was not only violating his right to bear arms but his right to freely share information. By blurring the line between a gun and a digital file, Wilson had also successfully blurred the lines between the Second Amendment and the First.
“If code is speech, the constitutional contradictions are evident,” Wilson explained to WIRED when he first launched the lawsuit in 2015. “So what if this code is a gun?”
The Department of Justice’s surprising settlement, confirmed in court documents earlier this month, essentially surrenders to that argument. It promises to change the export control rules surrounding any firearm below .50 caliber—with a few exceptions like fully automatic weapons and rare gun designs that use caseless ammunition—and move their regulation to the Commerce Department, which won’t try to police technical data about the guns posted on the public internet. In the meantime, it gives Wilson a unique license to publish data about those weapons anywhere he chooses.
You can find the entire article here. It’s worth a read, even as the writer is an obvious supporter of gun control.
I knew when I read the Obama administration’s argument for silencing Cody Wilson—at least two free speech-scorning Democrat senators were just yesterday lamenting the Trump admin’s decision to settle this case—that he’d eventually win on free speech grounds. It’s a no-brainer: words are not guns, and Wilson had a First and Second Amendment-friendly administration that shortened a fight that may have otherwise eventually reached the SCOTUS in a Clinton administration.
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— Defense Distributed (@DefDist) July 13, 2018
But did you hear about this from anyone in the mainstream media, particular the CNN’s of the land? Of course not. It’d blunt the sharpest tool the Left has to rally its base any time tragedies like Parkland, Santa Fe, and Capital Gazette happen, when they need voters to propel them into office where, gosh darn it, We’re Gonna Do Something™ about all this “gun violence.”
*As an aside: my gun isn’t violent. It sits in its holster right where I placed it, never rearing its lovely head unless I, you know, take it out for target practice, or just to admire its sexy curves.
I’ve been thinking this for years, and we’ve seen it fictionalized in films like In the Line of Fire: with the proper tools, and a bit of cash, you can build a gun in your living room whilst watching your favorite television series (mine’s The Walking Dead, by the way, the greatest argument FOR the Second Amendment of anything on TV, in my humble opinion). And you don’t even need blueprints to do it.
Do you own a 3-D printer? Do you have access to a 3-D printer? No? Then you can purchase one of these, and create and print your own firearm. And you can share your firearm blueprints with whomever you choose, thank you, free speech, because again, words are NOT a gun. But…so can those amongst us who have ill intentions toward their fellow man (though, to be fair, the process is not nearly as easy as the Chicken Little Senators would have us believe). And to counter the hair-on-fire Congress Creeps who think downloadable blueprints will increase “gun violence:” those so inclined are acquiring guns already, and not the legal way. Which, as many of us understand, is the reason the right to bear arms is enshrined in our Second Amendment: self defense.
The point is: there’s no way to stop us from building our own guns. That train has left the station. And we should all thank Heavens for our Founders, who understood that both the First and Second Amendments are our first lines of defense against both evildoers, and the Left’s Red Tide.
Gun control is dead. It’s buried. And we can thank the First Amendment for its demise.