State Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-Crystal Lake, said a tweet he sent Wednesday morning with a link to a password-protected website with 3D-printed firearm plans was motivated by a number of factors.
The tweet asked people whether they favored free speech or censorship before providing a link to the website, which Skillicorn said has been blocked by many social media platforms. He then asked followers to share his post if they favored free speech.
In addition to the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing 3D-printable gun plans to be posted online as of Aug. 1, Skillicorn said the message was in response to the extreme violence continuing in Chicago. This past weekend, more than 70 people in Chicago were shot, 12 fatally. Skillicorn said even with current laws in place, guns still are being obtained illegally.
“Anything we can do to talk about how gun laws aren’t working and how 77 people are still getting shot [in one weekend] is a positive thing in my eyes,” Skillicorn said.
The message also was in response to comments from U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who called for companies such as Facebook and YouTube to take down websites he believes spread hate and lies. This came after controversial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars content was removed from multiple websites.