Whether you like it or not, the 2nd Amendment is an imperative if Americans are to ensure their freedom moving into the future.
I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek to Death Athletic: A Dissident Architecture earlier this week and feel compelled to put it on your radar. The documentary dives into the saga of Defense Distributed and their battle with the US government over the rights of Americans to distribute and access files that show people how to 3D print their own guns.
Whether you like it or not, the 2nd Amendment is an imperative if Americans are to ensure their freedom moving into the future. History is riddled with examples of governments who abuse their power and use deadly force to get their way when the citizenship doesn't want to go along with what they put forth. Government overreach to the point of subjugation is typically preceded by gun confiscations that are used to disarm the public so that they cannot put up a fight against a power structure that is looking to dominate. The right of the individual to arm himself to protect his body and his other inalienable rights is an utmost imperative to prevent power hungry governments from brute forcing their agendas on an unwilling populace.
This reality can be a bit scary for many people, but it is reality and, again, the history of how power dynamics have played out between citizens and their governments throughout history have proven this. We are lucky to have individuals like Cody Wilson, JStark, AGleaks, and others in the 3D printed gun movement who have made it significantly harder, likely impossible, for governments to prevent their citizens from getting access to firearms. By leveraging the power of open source software these freedom fighters have ensured that access to defensive firearms is something that any human who is so motivated and has an internet connection can achieve. This is a big step forward in the battle against increasingly authoritarian governments.
I highly recommend you check out the documentary when it premiers next month, if only to get a better understanding of the first principles behind gun rights, why they're important, and how they're being defended in the digital age. Again, this is a very touchy subject for many, but I think - even if you are a staunch hater of guns and the fact that many individuals possess them - it is hard to deny the arguments that are put forth in Death Athletic as to why gun rights are an imperative, why they should be defended, and how fundamental they are to a properly functioning United States of America.
You don't want to live in a world in which the only people with access to defensive tech like firearms are those who work in governments, which are typically operated by complete sociopaths.
Being productive on a 5:30am flight feels good.
Enjoy your weekend, freaks.