I believe with all my heart that the modern and successful fight against those who wanted to kill the Second Amendment came around because the gun community embraced the Internet with all its might.
It was the sudden ability to connect with other like-minded individuals what amalgamated us into fearful force. We were suddenly advising and warning each other about the comings and goings of the Gun Grabbers, what had been successful against them and what had not.
The Opposition had total control over the Traditional Media and it was impossible to wedge in a positive story about guns. But soon enough, the Internet began eroding away the news monolith by being the fact checkers of their willfully erroneous information. It must have been a shock for Newspapers and TV stations who had entered the Information Highway that they would receive thousands of emails stating the errors and lies they had published. When before people had to sit down, hand or typewrite a letter to be sent to the editor and then mail it, it only took a couple of minutes to fire the same missive from the comfort and quietness of home, only interrupted by the soft clacking sounds of a keyboard.
Our enemies are not fools and they also took to the Internet. But even when they had gigantic financial backing and the best minds that Madison Avenue could offer for sale, they were never able to compete against millions of people disputing the same electronic real state and timelines. They do give it a good try spending bags of cash and pushing interns (paid and otherwise), but simply there is not enough of them and this is a war of attrition. Whoever has the most resources, wins.
And now we have, sorry, had the 3D Printed Guns war. I say had because no matter how much the other team screams, they already know they lost. Once again the great minds from NY Advertising came out, gave the very expensive talking point to the Media Serfdom and tried to scare everybody to think the End Of The World was here (for the umpteenth time) because of guns. And they even managed to get a Judge, a Clinton Appointee in Seattle to issue and injunction against publishing what basically is alphanumeric characters in a piece of electronic memory, easy to copy and distribute. It was a fool’s errand.
The Opposition was chanting victory and dancing in their well, furnished offices when the first news starting to come in: The Rednecks had revolted. Nobody was shot, nobody was injured, no Molotov cocktails had been tossed to damage properties, it was worse.
They had the unmitigated gall to share the “prohibited” files with other online!
Filesharing sites, Peer-to-Peer, blogs, websites social media and even the humble email were being used to transmit the proscribed information. And you can bet that 99% of those getting and releasing the blueprints really do not have the time or money to spend on the good 3D printers, but it was not a question of monetary affordability but of freedom: Can we afford to let these idiots destroy the First Amendment because the hate the Second? The answer for all of us was a resounding NO!
Ours was Civil Rights Insurrection, make no mistake. We were told by a few that blueprints and instructions were verboten, that they needed to be proscribed because the damage that they may do in the wrong hands. And they tried to sell that line of manure to us, the ones that have been hearing it for decades about their magazines, their rifles, their pistols and their shotguns and used as excuse to remove them from out property.
So, they may not admit it yet, but the lost. They lost so bad that baby seals are feeling commiserate about the likes of Alyssa Milano and Shannon Watts. It was a digital blitzkrieg that only awaits the reversal of the temporary injunction a superior court so we can go back to argue about calibers and the best (insert type gun here) for whatever is that you will be doing over the weekend, shooting-wise.
Al Gore (falsely) proclaimed himself the father of the Internet many years ago. If he only knew how was it going to be used against his political kin, he would have choked that baby with the Ethernet umbilical cord at the moment of birth.