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Political Editors / Mar. 22, 2018

YouTube Jumps Deeper Into the Anti-Gun Crusade

The video giant bans gun advocacy and instructional videos from its site, but not Hollywood clips.

Joining in the Left’s propaganda war against Americans’ Second (and First) Amendment rights, Google-owned YouTube has updated its “policies on content featuring firearms” to prohibit any video intending to “sell firearms or certain firearm accessories,” either directly or through links to sites that do.

YouTube’s new guidelines on firearms are as follows:

YouTube prohibits certain kinds of content featuring firearms. Specifically, we don’t allow content that:

  • Intends to sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g., private sales by individuals) or links to sites that sell these items. These accessories include but may not be limited to accessories that enable a firearm to simulate automatic fire or convert a firearm to automatic fire (e.g., bump stocks, gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears, conversion kits), and high-capacity magazines (i.e., magazines or belts carrying more than 30 rounds).
  • Provides instructions on manufacturing a firearm, ammunition, high-capacity magazine, homemade silencers/suppressors, or certain firearms accessories such as those listed above. This also includes instructions on how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities.
  • Shows users how to install the above-mentioned accessories or modifications.

Under the guise of seeking to “protect” people from “harmful and dangerous content,” a YouTube spokesman explained, “In the wake of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, we have taken a closer look at videos that demonstrate how to convert firearms to make them fire more quickly and we’ve expanded our existing policy to prohibit these videos.”

The irony here is that leftists have long contended that movies, TV and video games have little to no impact on an individual’s actions. But here YouTube is sending the exact opposite message — that merely viewing videos giving instructions on firearms use is equivalent to the propagation of violence. Is YouTube similarly limiting any movie clips on their site that depict scenes with gun violence? Don’t count on it.

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