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NRA Comments on YouTube Censorship

NRA Comments on YouTube Censorship

For years, gun owners, hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts have watched YouTube videos to learn more about the safe and responsible use of firearms. Now YouTube and its parent company, Google, have announced a ban on videos that demo the use of firearms and the installation of certain accessories or link to websites that sell firearms and accessories.

Chris Cox, Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, released this statement on Friday, Mar. 23:

"YouTube is now in the business of political posturing and censorship. Millions of Americans watch YouTube videos every day to learn more about the safe and responsible use of firearms, and those videos show law-abiding gun owners participating in lawful behavior. By banning this content, YouTube is engaging in politically motivated censorship and alienating the millions of people who turn to the website for education and training. Currently, anyone can go to YouTube and watch a video to learn how to make a bomb, yet the company wants to ban videos depicting lawful gun use? It's absurd. This new policy runs counter to the American traditions of open dialogue and tolerance for diverse opinions and firmly plants YouTube, and its parent company Google, against the freedoms so many Americans hold dear."

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