Quote of the day—Cody Wilson

What excites me is giving this world to the politicians. Our strategy is to literalize and reify their nightmare, to give them the world they’re talking about.

Cody Wilson
October 1, 2014
The $1,200 Machine That Lets Anyone Make a Metal Gun at Home
[The options available to the politicians are to blatantly infringe upon numerous other rights or have it clearly demonstrated that they have no practical way to infringe upon the Second Amendment.

That works for me.—Joe]

4 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Cody Wilson

  1. They could do like the Soviets and start mass arrests (or some form of mass oppression) of anyone with engineering, chemistry or shop skills. That would be round one. Mass arrest round two would include anyone who’s worked in any of the physical sciences, or anyone who’s done any sort of factory assembly work, then the ultimate round; anyone who can read or has lived closely with someone who could read.

    Solzhenitsyn posited that there is, I don’t recall his exact wording, a historical truism, or standard progression, and that it trends very similarly regardless of the original culture, rhetoric, rationalizations, or location, etc., of the authoritarian movement. The above paragraph is merely a set of stages in the progression.

    One could say that we’ve already entered the mass, targeted oppression phase, with the combination of gun laws, IRS tax status assignment, progressive income tax, labor laws, targeting of conservative groups, and special targeting with law suits and false criminal charges of key conservatives or conservative groups. I.e. we’re seeing the weaponization of the various government entities, codes, et al. It’s not just government, but anyone infected with the leftist bug– It’s “Us’ against “Them” and anything goes if you can get away with it. Facebook recently carved out a special exemption for transsexuals or some such, from their strict, real-name-use requirement. As Obama put it, probably not realizing that his words were part of the Standard Progression of the left over which he has no personal control; “We’re going to reward our friends and punish our (political) enemies”.

  2. IIRC, a few decades back the Soviets registered typewriters, then licensed photocopiers when that technology came along. Didn’t work for them then, won’t work for ATF now. It will be interesting when someone attempts to place a 5-day waiting period and background check on cutting bits for Bridgeports or CNC software.

    Can’t legally sell a homemade firearm, unless one has the proper papers? Despite that being a Constitutional issue yet to be resolved (and resolved it will be, at some point), it’s not illegal to sell one’s 3D printer, or rent one, or borrow one, at least not yet. And, even if it becomes illegal, trying to track and monitor every suitable machine tool in the country would make Sysphyus’ endeavor look like a mere schoolchild’s hobby.

    Some wag ventured that ATF will have to require serial numbers on blocks of aluminum. I don’t doubt that’s under consideration somewhere, by someone, in Washington.

    What we’re faced with now from the anti-gun side is a cornered animal, driven to extreme fear by the threat of extinction. Expect interesting times for a couple of years.

    • Interesting stuff. Idaho has a law on the books saying that any firearm, regardless of action tipe or firing mode, up to one inch in bore, that is made in Idaho and stays in Idaho is not subject to any (or most) NFA or GCA restrictions. They however do not seem to have a provision specifically for protecting citizens against federal assaults regarding the same, so it’s purely symbolic, but there it is.

      • Enter the “states’ rights” issue (officially, “states” do not have rights, only power, it’s individuals who have rights).

        It’s becoming more and more apparent that the fed dot gov has outgrown its usefuleness, in that it’s become too big to operate with any reasonable degree of efficiency. Megan McArdle at BloombergView.com has over the past couple of days examined business size, business operation, wages and efficiency. She points out that WinCo supermarkets in the Pacific Northwest is doing a bang-up job, but what would they lose by trying to exapnd to take on Walmart.

        Which brings us back to that scrap pf paper those much hated white men produced to give us our country: the Constitution of the United States of America. States, not “one jurisdiction with a single huge overarching government and fifty insignificant political subdivisions.” They saw a union of cooperative states as the best option – smaller, more manageable government which operates closer to the people it’s supposed to serve, built to work within its geographical features and the particular desires of its people. Which is why if one travels from South Carolina to New York to Montana to California one encounters different laws, regulations and procedures, driven by somewhat different, but entirely American, cultures.

        There’s no reason why Idaho, or any other state, should not be allowed to establish what may and may not happen within its borders, as determined by the desires of the people who constitute that state’s population, using the U.S. Constitution as foundation for state-level laws enacted in accordance with a state constitution. Should Larry or Sue take strong issue with a requirement that all automobiles have the front wheels painted blue, they may contest that mandate via established procedures or select one of the 49 other options.

        I think we’re seeing the tiny beginnings of pushback against the feds; I deeply hope and pray that no one, anywhere, contracts Ebola, but should the infection expand,
        and Washington performs at its usual level of incompetence and ineffectiveness, it would not surprise me to see a governor ban incoming flights to his or her state from the infected areas in west Africa and airline hubs in the US used by passengers on those flights. Such action would surely spark punitive action by the feds, and precipitate a 10th Amendment suit; such a suit, I think, is long overdue, on any number of issues.

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