3D & DIY
GNET — the Global Network on Extremism & Technology — published an article recently entitled The Role of Online Communities in Supporting 3D-Printed Firearms, which seeks to malign Deterrence Dispensed, The Gatalog, Rocket Chat, Odysee/LBRY, and does so with a fair degree of specificity and factual accuracy. It’s all NGO hogwash, but it’s rare to see a think tank get their facts in order.
Most frustrating are offerings like this:
Manuals and videos on 3D-printed guns are being shared on platforms which are attracting extremists. For instance, Odysee – where Deterrence Dispensed is becoming increasingly present – is gaining the interests of extreme right groups. Similarly, Islamic State (IS) has been already using Rocket.Chat to carry out its online activities.
You’ll notice the author mentions that ISIS “has been already using” Rocket Chat, but neglects to mention that so has University of California Irvine, Lockheed Martin, The World Bank, and the US Naval Research Lab (all of which are terrorist organizations, come to think of it).
In reality, Rocket Chat is not some “extremists chat tool.” It has over 12 million users. It’s just a messaging protocol, comparable to Slack.
You’ll also notice that Odysee — a YouTube-style video website — gets some flak here, as well.
What do 3D printed guns, Rocket Chat, and Odysee all have in common? They can’t be easily controlled by an intermediary government agency. An Ender 3 printer doesn’t even require an internet connection. Rocket Chat and Odysee are open source software. The former can be self-hosted, and the latter runs on the LBRY blockchain system. They’re all difficult or impossible to stop using legacy government systems.
The simple fact is this: the layman’s ability to tinker with guns, to chat with their friends, or access independently-produced media will always be viewed as “extremism” by governments when there is no emergency shut-off lever they could pull in the event people start to wake up to how badly they’re being treated.
Think tanks like GNET exist as a conduit for “experts” to offer “independent” “advice” to policy makers. Their findings are then cited by governments to justify legal measures which stamp out the very rights such governments ostensibly exist only to defend. Cui Bono?
So who is GNET? According to their website:
The Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) is an academic research initiative backed by the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), an independent but industry-funded initiative for better understanding, and counteracting, terrorist use of technology.
GNET is convened and led by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), a globally renowned academic research centre based within the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.
This initiative is supported by partners based in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia.
We’re winning, folks. Think of the asymmetry here.
These bugmen needs partners on six different continents just to piece together filler content designed to stop people like you or me from printing plastic receivers in our garages. Stay mad!
A 3D printed Browning Buckmark is is in testing. Looks like DB Firearms is the lead developer and the gang at AWCY is helping with beta testing. The Buckmark is a cool little 22lr and is a great alternative to the Ruger MKIII/IV series of pistols if you want something simpler but still very good. Check DB out here.
People are out here printing tasers. Note the slick USB-C charging port. [Here]
RK Spookware has a little fundraiser going to support Firearms Policy Coalition and their important work. Grab a “You wouldn’t download a gun” bumper sticker and proceeds to go FPC. You can see it in their shop here.
FN America announced their first-ever foray into the realm of 22LR pistols. The FN 502 Tactical lists for around $500 and retains the features (and holster options) of an FN 509, but runs on 22LR ammo. If — and this is a big if — the 502 lives up to it’s claims of “cycling a wide range of .22LR” ammo, it’ll be a success. But I wouldn’t be the first kid on my block to buy one, given how finicky 22LR handguns tend to be. [Here]
Heckler & Koch is rolling out another release of the MP5 in 22LR. These are licensed by HK and manufactured by Umarex and should retail for under $500. These have been around before, but it’s good to see them back. These guns are actually pretty neat. And with ammo prices being what they are, a decent quality 22LR is not a bad addition to your arsenal. Shipping October 1st. [Here]
CZ USA ‘announced’ their P-10 M, which is their offering for the increasingly crowded micro-compact market. Notice the gun lacks an optics cut, and it only has a 7+1 capacity. This means that compared to the Sig P365, Springfield Hellcat, or S&W Shield Plus, it’s a non-starter. In reality, this gun has been around for a while. If you poke around on the internet you can find references to this gun back in early 2020, when it couldn’t yet be imported. Lazy stuff, CZ. [Here]
Journalist David Frum over at enemy-of-the-people magazine Atlantic had a really groundbreaking article this week, detailing his visionary strategy for reducing American gun ownership. The bright idea? Remind people that guns are dangerous. [Here]
Over 110,000 gun owners in Britain were publicly doxxed recently, as part of the fallout of a database breach of Guntrader. An animal rights blog released a Google Earth-compatible CSV file of gun owners (presumably hunters) that listed their names, locations, and more. Oof. [Here]
The Biden admin signaled their willingness to sign onto a UN global gun registration agreement.
The NRA has warned that, among many moves, the treaty will require all arms that Americans buy from overseas makers to be tracked. To do that, a global gun registry would be created and maintained for 10 years. Every owner will be listed on that registry.
I don’t picture a world where a meaningful number of people in the US willingly register their guns with the UN, but if you had told me about Covid lockdowns two years ago, I wouldn’t have believed that either. We’ll see. [Here]
The new abortion law in Texas has been in the media nonstop, so I won’t re-hash the news here, but I do want to touch on the enforcement aspects of it. If you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the TLDR; no abortions after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected, which is around 6-weeks.
The interesting thing about this law is the enforcement mechanism. The law relies on what Andrew Kloster terms “crowdsourced enforcement,” which is to say that it relies on private citizens (who don’t have to be related or even associated with the woman) to file civil lawsuits against abortion providers and any persons who assist the woman get the abortion.
For instance, if Suzie gets an illegal abortion and her friend Alice drove her to the clinic, anyone could file a lawsuit against Suzie’s doctor and also against Alice, and win a $10,000 reward if the suit is successful.
SCOTUS was presented with the details and did not step in to shut it down.
The obvious next step here is Blue and Red states passing an escalating series of laws that would allow Democrats to sue Republicans and Republicans to sue Democrats over any issue under the sun. I’ve seen other people suggest the obvious recourse is Democrats using this tactic against Heller, and I agree this seems likely.
I’m conflicted on the matter. I can see why it could turn out to be a very dangerous can of worms to open. But at the same time, it’s nice to see the right-wing actually playing offense against the demonic harpies in the baby killing industry. And while yes, this may spiral out of control, we’re probably overdue for that anyway. I suspect this will all be curtailed at the Appellate level before it gets out of hand, though. But at a bare minimum, this will hopefully put an end to the “Shout your abortion” lifestyle.
The AP has a more detailed explainer [Here] of how this law works if you want more specific details.
It’s been a rough last couple of weeks for Biden’s cabinet, but bold leadership was on full display recently, as the Deputy Secretary of Defense took the time to write a brief assurance to everyone that addressing racial disparities in the US military was a top priority. [Here]
It’s looking like CA Governor Gavin Newsom will survive the recall election [Here]
Apparently Twitter is looking into implementing Lightning payments to allow users to tip other users in Bitcoin. The implications here are huge. [Here]
They got him. The ‘Q Shaman’ reached a deal with prosecutors and plead guilty for his role in the January 6th unguided tour of The Capitol. [Here]
The August jobs report came in around 500,000 jobs shy of median projections, adding just 235,000 jobs. Not a good sign. [Here]