Did you know that YouTube is ancient Sumerian for “thought police?” But really, they’ve crossed the line. They have been not so secretly demonetizing and attacking conservative media on the site for years. In the last six months, that attack has rapidly escalated, and now many of their largest content contributors are fleeing the platform in a mass exodus.
Their latest announcement has completely removed any mystery or concealment of their efforts. YouTube is anti-gun, and if their political and lobbying efforts can’t get rid of the 2nd Amendment, then they will circumvent the law and use their position to attack our rights unilaterally.
The Thought Police
In specific details, YouTube has announced that they will ban any content that shows the assembly of firearms or provides links to the sale of firearms and certain accessories. Bump stocks were the only such accessory named in the announcement.
This Orwellian decision shows that they have fully thrown their hat in the ring with the progressives and anti-gun crowd. Despite the fact that gun ownership and videos on the topic are completely protected speech (by the first two amendments no less), Google will no longer tolerate a point of view that acknowledges this obvious fact.
This is an attempt for a complete suppression of thought. If you dissent against Google, they will silence you, and multiple channels have already been completely banned.
Let’s be perfectly clear. The justification for removing this content is that it is offensive to them. That’s it. Having a gun on a video or linking to certified sellers is offensive to them. It’s not illegal. It’s not immoral. It’s not in any way damaging. But, since it is counter to Google’s political agenda, it will not be tolerated.
Ignoring the Obvious
This is a classic leftist maneuver. They’ve had their butt kicks in gun control debates for decades, and the resurgence since the Parkland shooting has been no different. On every front, gun grabbers constantly lose their arguments because they are painfully uninformed. YouTube is no different. They’ll say that they are removing these videos to make the world safer, but the opposite is true. Disassembly and reassembly videos empower gun owners to take better care of their weapons. This prevents misfires and other major safety issues.
Linking to certified arms dealers ensures that otherwise uninformed buyers are purchasing from reputable sources. This helps the uninitiated avoid accidentally doing business illegally. It also protects them from buying subpar and dangerous equipment.
Sponsored content was an incentivized mode of connecting buyers with the good guys. When YouTube removes this access, they promote dangerous interaction. There is no question that the enforcement of this policy will directly hurt people — not help them.
Perhaps the craziest aspect of this move is that Google is doing it despite sustaining massive financial losses so far this year. Gun videos on the site number in the millions. Just the cost of policing them will be substantial.
When you add in the revenue YouTube is throwing away, it will amount to many millions of dollars. And, this is ignoring how many jaded subscribers will simply walk away from the platform altogether. Doing this while the company is in the midst of a downward spiral is bold, and it is only going to compound their losses.
It’s pretty simple. A huge contingent of this country firmly believes in the 2nd Amendment. They do not take lightly to having their rights threatened, and unlike the penniless progressives, their disapproval comes with meaningful boycotts. Gun owners are not the kind of people to take a beating lying down. It may not be long before YouTube’s decision to align with the wrong party seals their doom.
Let’s not take this out of context. It’s perfectly fine for YouTube to stay politically neutral. It’s even fine for their owners and operators to lean left. What isn’t ok is an outright attack on a perfectly legal sect of content providers for the crime of disagreeing with YouTube’s political stance.
Let’s also make clear that this is a call for financial war, not an exchange of violence. The shooting that just took place at YouTube headquarters is a tragedy and unforgivable. It’s entirely ironic that the shooter was a vegan super progressive, but it is not something to be tolerated.
As united gun owners, we’ll destroy this vile company with our wallets, because this is still America, and despite the efforts of tech companies like Google, we are still free.
~ American Gun News