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This 8-Bit Life | September 27, 2016

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The US Department of Defense is Censoring the Liberator - This 8-Bit Life

The US Department of Defense is Censoring the Liberator
Leland Flynn

I try not to discuss politics, philosophy, or religion on this blog very often as it is not the scope of what I want to do here. That said I am a very opinionated person and write about these things regularly in other forums. Occasionally though these things intersect with the goal of this site however. I would like to speak for a moment about a “touchy” situation.

I have always supported sensible gun control regulations, but I cannot support the actions of the DoD today. They are attempting to suppress the free distribution of the design files for a 3D printed firearm designed by Defense distributed. The following is currently posted on the page that hosted the files for the Liberator 3D printed handgun:

“This file has been removed from public access at the request of the US Department of Defense Trade Controls. Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information.”

Below is a promotional video of the weapon being printed and fired:

As a person who believes that I should be allowed to know anything I deem appropriate I cannot support the stifling of information flow. Clearly the DoD does not understand how the Internet functions on a very fundamental level. Regardless of how hard they try, they will not expunge this data from the Internet. This battle was over the moment the public Internet began. All these little skirmishes to attain control over it and the information therein are feeble posturing.

Visit this link to hear my friends from the Nerd Absurd podcast and I discussing this very gun before it had even been printed:

Information, ALL INFORMATION, is now democratized. There is no law, governing body, or group of people strong enough to stop the flow of information. All that is left now is for us to understand how to use this responsibly. And telling people what they can and cannot know is not responsible. It is a reaction based on fear of the unknown. It is cowardice.

The following link is a legally accessible download of the files for the gun. I have absolutely no intention of actually printing one, nor do I have a 3D printer at my disposal capable of doing so, but I refuse to be told I am not allowed to have this on priniciple.


  1. David

    Try expressing this argument to the web censors in China. They are winning the battle and proving that far from feeble posturing, if you have the resources and the will, restricting content on and access to the web is entirely possible

    • Leland Flynn

      Sure. For a country of already subjugated people. And to be fair, the savvy citizens circumvent the great firewall of China every day.

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