At a news conference in Austin, Texas, Paloma Heindorff announced that she has taken the position of Director, now that Cody Wilson has resigned the post amid his legal troubles over alleged sex with a 16-year-old prostitute. The press conference has become global news.
Defense Distributed has always been adept at beating the establishment media. They posted the entire new conference online on Youtube the same day. It is worth watching and reasonably short (19:37 minutes). Youtube has a history of taking down Defense Distributed videos, but at the time of this writing, it’s still up:
I have met Paloma Heindorff a couple of times. Her appearance in the video confirms my evaluation. She is smart, capable, and committed to the principles of protecting First and Second Amendment rights. From the video:
It’s the most effective and elegant activism I’d seen performed and I wanted to be a part of that. It’s just so beautiful, isn’t it, to exercise one’s rights like that and to do so in a way that pushes authorities to allow you to. Too often people are perturbed by threats, and I found it incredible that this company persisted.
When the news of the warrant for Cody Wilson’s arrest came out, I wrote that Defense Distributed was an organization. Wilson’s legal problems would not impact the lawsuits involving Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation. Director Paloma Heindorff confirmed that prediction, as did two lawyers involved: Josh Blackman and Chad Flores. Both lawyers are involved in the case and work out of Houston, Texas. Both were confident about their prospects in the courts.
Director Heindorff stated that she was proud of Defense Distributed.
I cannot be more proud of my team right now. We didn’t miss a beat. No one blinked. No one has missed a day at work. We all come in, we are still shipping, and we have no intention of stopping.
They had 3,000 orders and have shipped 1,500. Defense Distributed is considering new products for 2019.
Defense Distributed has not seen a significant dip in sales.
$400,000 dollars has been contributed to the legal fund for the First Amendment and Second Amendment case. None of that money will go to Cody Wilson, who has his own, separate set of lawyers.
Defense Distributed is an organization that can only exist in America. Nowhere else in the world are free speech and the right to arms intertwined in such a way as to allow a principled organization like Defense Distributed to legally continue.
In most of the word, it is illegal to make your own firearms. Often, swords and spears are prohibited as well.
In the United States, it has always been legal to make your own guns. People have done so for centuries.
Defense distributed defends that proud tradition.
Watch the video before Youtube takes it down.
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keeping a lid on a boiling kettle has frequently proven to be a pointless task…
the leftist communists can get an inditment on a blank sheet of paper, so she had better be very careful around ANY unknown person,,AND CARRY A VERY GOOD ELECTRONIC RECORDER..
3,000 orders for what? The Ghost Gunner? Would be nice if this was in the article.
The exercise of free speech of course.
My take on the video is the 3,000 orders are for ghost gunners. It was not entirely clear from the press conference.
I’ve done my part. GhostGunner2 sitting in my basement making evil black rifles as we speak.
They are innocent blocks of aluminums.
It’s good to know they’re motoring on and that this wasn’t all dependent on one guy. Paloma Heindorff seems like she has her stuff together.
I was surprised and glad to find out (via her sexy accent) that she’s a British immigrant. If this country can attract people like Paloma and the open-carry guy JWT profiled a while back, there’s hope for us yet.
I have this unshakable sense that Paloma Heindorff is of German descent, not British.
Yes, her name is German, but that doesn’t mean she’s from Germany. Although she could just have learned perfect British English…I knew a woman in grad school who was German but sounded like she was from the Upper Midwest.
Anyway, I don’t really care where she’s from. Going by her support for the Constitution, she’s more American than most who were born here. And she still has a sexy voice. 🙂
Factoid…. most English teachers in the EU are… English. so most folks learn to speak it with a British inflection as opposed to an American Accent. Get it? Got it! Good.
Who doggie…. yeah! Take it to “the man”
Is this affirmative action from the Libertarian anarchists so a woman can run a gun company? What is her back ground? A very political move just like hiring a woman lawyer when you are accused of a sex crime.
Gun company? Defense Distributed doesn’t sell guns.
She has been in charge of operations at Defense Distributed for two years. She is the logical choice.
TTAG should ask for an exclusive interview to have her get her ideas out there.
I hope they keep that company private. I wish I can come up with the funds for their CNC machine, something I don’t really see myself using.