Saying 3D printed guns aren’t protected by the 1st Amendment is tantamount to starting a book burning in the public square.
There is a saying, “The 2nd protects the 1st” – referring to how the 2nd Amendment protects the 1st Amendment. This is an instance where the 1st Amendment is protecting the 2nd Amendment.
With all of the hullabaloo about 3D printed guns effectively killing gun control, and how the anti-gun movement is fighting hard against 3D printed guns, a lot of important constitutional rights battles are coming to a head. The anti-gun movement knows that gun control cannot work when anyone can easily make their own firearm. Anyone already can make their own firearm with ease, but 3D printing takes it to a new level. So they’re fighting as hard as they can to kill 3D printed firearms. This entire debate over 3D printed guns boils down to a free speech issue.
Can the government control what information we are allowed to learn or not?
“Learning information or learning about how things work should not be an illegal act. Unless we’re wanting to move into a dark age. If we really want to call information dangerous, where does that stop?” –Karl, from InRangeTV
Right now, I can go onto Amazon, or most any other online bookstore, and buy the Anarchist Cookbook or the U.S. Army’s Improvised Munitions Handbook – books showing how to make all sorts of explosives. I can also find information online about how to make drugs, break into cars, or even create counterfeit money. That knowledge isn’t illegal, nor should it be illegal. Instead, acting on that knowledge and committing the illegal acts is what is illegal.
Making a homemade gun isn’t illegal, nor should it be illegal.
Banning knowledge is totalitarian
So why is the anti-gun movement in an uproar about how to make a gun at home, but not how to make a bomb at home? It’s simple, an armed population keeps the government in check and the anti-gun movement seeks a totalitarian government. That is why they are fighting so hard to suppress knowledge. Pretty much the only thing more totalitarian than suppressing knowledge is public mass executions for criticizing the government.
In a response to these anti-gunners who claim 3D printed gun files aren’t protected by free speech, Max McGuire turned The Liberator into a string of text and published it as a book.
The Liberator 3D printed gun, published as a book
The Amazon description is absolutely fantastic:
Gun control advocates are adamant. They believe that 3D printable guns do not fall under the protections of the 1st Amendment. They have sought injunctions in Federal court to get 3D firearm renderings taken down off of the internet, and won. They call 3D gun designs dangerous and a threat to society. One activist even called them “downloadable death.” Every time, they reiterate that Americans do not have a 1st Amendment right to share these digital files online.
But what about as a book? Are there any radicals out there who truly do not believe the 1st Amendment protects a right to publish a string of letters and numbers as a book? Will anyone go full säuberung and demand that this book be burned?
That is what this book is. It is a textual representation of the stereolithographic rendering of a picture of a gun. Take this series of numbers, letters, and symbols and you will have the information necessary to create a 3D rendering of a gun, similar to what you’d see rendered in a video game.
So if you believe in the right of the people to keep and bear arms, if you believe in the freedom of speech and the right freely publish and share information, download this book.
If a text file has the power to make modern gun control obsolete, then that text file is worth sharing.