Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 37 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H4'ed 7/23/18

The First Amendment Saved the Second Amendment. What's Next?

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   8 comments
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Thomas Knapp

Liberator XP002 with treated barrels
Liberator XP002 with treated barrels
(Image by (From Wikimedia) Kamenev, Author: Kamenev)
  Details   Source   DMCA

"It's impossible to effectually outlaw guns," I wrote in 2015, "without also outlawing writing, speaking and thinking about guns." I was referring to a US State Department censorship order requiring Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed to remove 3D printing files for the plastic "Liberator" pistol from the Internet.

With the help of the Second Amendment Foundation, Wilson and his firm sued against the order. With the help of the First Amendment, they won. The US government realized it had a losing case and settled. Effective August 1, America goes back to having a free press vis a vis guns.

A free press plus rapidly proliferating DIY production technology equals the final nail in the coffin of "gun control" as a practical notion. Not that it ever really was one, what with more than 250 million guns already in the hands of more than 100 million Americans. But now it's no longer just a lop-sided contest, it's a done deal. "Gun control" is over.

Wilson hasn't been idle while awaiting his big win. He's gone from plans for 3D gun printing in plastic to offering a consumer-priced CNC milling machine -- the Ghost Gunner -- with software that can turn a block of metal into the frame of an AR-15 rifle or a .45 semi-automatic pistol right in anyone's home workshop. No serial number. No permit. No background check. That's that. We're done here.

As the clock runs forward, it's now also going to run backward. Because 3D printers and CNC mills will make whatever they're programmed to make, consider the National Firearms Act of 1934 repealed. If there aren't already CAD files out there telling home milling machinery how to turn out machine guns and silencers, there soon will be. You don't have to like it. That's how it is whether you like it or not.

For decades, "gun control" advocates have, from behind the sturdy shield of the First Amendment, agitated for willful misinterpretation of, or even repeal of, the Second. They still have that shield, as well they should. What they no longer have is any plausible case that they can get their way.

So, are "gun control" advocates ready for a ceasefire? Are they willing to start discussing real ways of achieving their supposed goal -- reducing violence in American society -- instead of continuing to pursue their lost cause?

I doubt it. Lost causes are both more fun and more profitable than getting serious. But let's hope.

Rate It | View Ratings

Thomas Knapp Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Thomas L. Knapp is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism ( He lives and works in north central Florida.

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

2020: I'm So Sick of Superlatives

America Doesn't Have Presidential Debates, But It Should

Hypocrisy Alert: Republicans Agreed with Ocasio-Cortez Until About One Minute Ago

Chickenhawk Donald: A Complete and Total Disgrace

Finally, Evidence of Russian Election Meddling ... Oh, Wait

The Nunes Memo Only Partially "Vindicates" Trump, But it Fully Indicts the FBI and the FISA Court

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend