If Cody Wilson Won’t Be Allowed To Give Files Away, He’ll Just Sell Them
There’s been this rampant fear over Defense Distributed’s Cody Wilson and his desire to give away 3-D printer files that allow people to make firearm parts and, in one case, a full firearm. They have freaked out and screamed and gotten the courts involved. They’re terrified at the idea of people being able to hop on the internet and download files that may allow them to build a firearm without the government’s permission.
The fact that people have been doing just that for years is completely irrelevant, apparently.
However, Cody Wilson has been the personal target of all of this. The courts have been focused on him. Anti-gun activists have been focused on him. All this despite the files being hosted on a number of other sites. That doesn’t matter. Wilson simply can’t be allowed to give these files away.
I’m sorry, but I’ve got to admire Wilson. The man seems to live for hoisting a hardy middle finger and waving it at anti-gun activists. He’s not doing what the courts said he couldn’t. He’s following the letter of the court order, just probably not the spirit.
And it’s great.
It’ll allow him to continue to share these files while not getting hit with a contempt of court charge–though, frankly, I’ve got a lot of contempt for this court, let me tell you.
Further, based on the way Wilson is setting this up, people can pay whatever they can afford. As he notes, he’s not in this for the money, but it means these files can be distributed even more widely, even if all the other avenues for download are shut down somehow. Like the man in the movie said, “You can’t stop the signal.”
They’ll keep trying, but maybe they’ll eventually figure out that it’s a lost cause?
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