This is an in-depth interview with Cody Wilson, creator of "The Liberator." The defense of this project is principled and more thought-out than one might suspect at first glance. He is politically aligned with crypto-anarchists or cypher-punks. In fact, Wikileaks was part of the inspiration for the Liberator. It is rooted in the idea that the government should not be in charge of what information should be restricted. The Liberator is meant to take that challenge to the extreme. If you can get any information from Wikipedia, why can't you get information on how to print a gun?
Ordinarily, of course, the protection of constitutional rights would be the highest public interest at issue in a case. That is not necessarily true here, however, because the State Department has asserted a very strong public interest in national defense and national security.
Open source weapons accessible to everyone. Why? Because Cody believes the history of the last 200 years can be described as an ever increasing police state. This is how people can fight back. Dangerous, yes.
"The gun is like a well of power you can keep drawing from. It, like any symbol, can be used for anything."
The "Ghost Gunner" comes with the software to create your own gun.
"It doesn’t matter what the origins of the Second Amendment were," says Cody Wilson, creator of the first 3D-printed gun and author of the new book, Come and Take It: The Gun Printer’s Guide to Thinking Free. "With the internet, we can transform this thing into right to resistance on a global scale. If it’s just a fact that the government serves guns now, this is just a point of political life."
About 60,000 die every year from gun deaths. And that's with a regulated gun industry. Now imagine a world where you don't need a license to get a gun. Or a world where criminals can fabricate weapons despite prior convictions. Is this a world you want to live in?
As much as I am for individual freedoms from the government, I still feel unsettled about how easy the process of fabricating "ghost" guns is becoming.