A hashtag coined by a Hollywood actress turned activist to stir up opposition to 3D gun files has taken on a life of its own
Alyssa Milano, the former “Who’s the Boss” child actress, termed digital firearm files in a recent CNN editorial “Downloadable Death” and started promoting her piece on social media with a matching hashtag. Active in the NoRA organization with an aim to counter the National Rifle Association, the group also began using the tag this week as well.
5 years ago, for $25 worth of plastic, it was already possible print a gun that could fire 9 shots. This type of unregistered #DownloadableDeath will be available to everyone 8/1. Take action below. #NoRA https://t.co/vzBhwzluyB
— #NoRA (@NoRA4USA) July 30, 2018
The tag was soon picked up by like-minded groups
3D printed guns = #DownloadableDeath
— Evoked – The NRA Resistance Campaign (@NRA_Resistance) July 31, 2018
And other activists.
You will be directly responsible for every shooting that takes place with an untraceable 3D printed gun. Yes, the blood of every child that dies in a school, every person killed on an airplane, every police officer murdered on the job will be on your hands #DownloadableDeath
— Andrea Nikischer (@AndreaNikischer) July 31, 2018
As well as by Milano in her continuing coverage of the subject to her twitter followers.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 31, 2018
But soon morphed into use by those a little critical of the buzz around 3D gun files.
— david Prezioso (@prezmess) July 31, 2018
What are they gonna do – shoot us for what’s on our phones, laptops, and USB sticks? Get the fuck out of here with that shit, @Alyssa_Milano @Everytown @SunSentinel #DownloadableDeath pic.twitter.com/oPWYRrykzS
— GCIFL (@gcifl) July 31, 2018
Those who thought the name was epic in terms of gun culture and counter-conformity.
3D guns sound lit #downloadabledeath
— (((jonathon))) (@superbob02) August 1, 2018
The dumbest part is that she thinks the phrase "Downloadable Death" makes 3D printed firearms seem •undesirable•…
Are you fucking kidding? That's badass. There's gonna be #DownloadableDeath t-shirts on offer within the week.
— Я (@FiercelyHuman) July 31, 2018
— Skip #Collapsitarian (@thefreerifleman) August 1, 2018
Meanwhile, others pointed out what they felt were holes in the logic of keeping a lid on gun files, many of which have been in circulation for generations.
— pudge (@pudgenet) August 1, 2018
Others also directly associated the hashtag with Milano’s body of acting, referencing the 1980s sitcom she is most often associated with as well as her direct-to-video film Public Enemies, a review of which when it was released included the words “pointless,” “lame-brain,” and graced with a “lightweight cast.”
— LostSailor (@LostSailorNY) July 30, 2018
You know what else is #DownloadableDeath?
— Fight Smarter (@ME2_22) July 30, 2018