|The Liberator: Coming soon to|
a desktop near you!
The thing is, politicos like Schumer can't figure out how to pull that off. 3D printing will soon be a household implement and if it can be drawn up on a computer, anyone will be able to produce a fully-functioning model right on their desktop. The computer doesn't care if it's a replacement part for a kitchen appliance or an action figure or a real working handgun. The barn door has been thrown wide open and there's no getting that horse back inside.
Never let something like common sense stop the government from trying. Earlier today the Department of Defense requested that Defense Distributed remove all its 3D weapons-related files from its website. Defense Distributed's founder Cody Wilson is laying the blame on the doorstep of Secretary of State John Kerry.
As of this writing, Defense Distributed's site has "gone dark".
But less than five minutes after reading about the government having the Liberator pulled from the web, I had downloaded the gun. And not once, but twice.
Here's how I did it, and how anybody else can as well:
Download µTorrent if you don't have it already (it's a free download) and run the install. Any other torrent client should work too. I found the Liberator files on The Pirate Bay. There are two torrents for it so far: here's #1 and here's #2. If either of those can't be found just do a search for "liberator" and "gun": I got those two results at once. The file size is 2.02 megabytes (such a tiny thing for something so much fuss about).
And then... just download your Liberator files! If you possess a 3D printer you can start making your Liberator pistol immediately.
I downloaded the file from each of those two torrents. It is on my hard drive. It is also on at least two USB drives that I've copied it too. I can e-mail the file to anyone, anywhere in the world. I could even set up a torrent on my own and allow people to download it from me directly.
In fact, it is happening right now. Not by me, but by other people. Lots and lots of other people.
Shutting down the Defense Distributed website was just about the worst thing that the United States federal government could have done, if it didn't want the Liberator to get into the wild. By trying to outlaw it, the feds have made it so that practically everyone can want it. Defense Distributed could not have asked for better publicity for and dissemination of its product!
Anyhoo... "Annie get your gun!" :-)