Early this morning, Brownells sent out a Tweet indicating that YouTube had restored their channel. YouTube has had gun owners very upset with them for months now. However, the national media attention drawn by banning Brownells probably caused YouTube and its parent company Google a little too much bad publicity.
As we reported two days ago YouTube canned the Brownells channel without warning or reason.
The gradual, incremental, persistent, unrelenting “other”-ing of guns and those who sell, shoot, broadcast and write about them continues apace. The latest victim: Brownells. Yes, the notoriously radical, fire-breathing Iowa-based retailer has had their YouTube page deleted by the don’t-be-evil types who run YouTube, the Google-owned video platform.
Even the Drudge Report picked up the story:
Matt Drudge linked to a National Review story on the abrupt termination of the Brownells account.
YouTube suddenly terminated the channel for the firearms parts company Brownells, the company claimed on Saturday.
“Brownells’ YouTube channel has been terminated without warning or notice,” Brownells’ Twitter account stated.
The 80-year-old gun supplies company reached out to followers on social media, asking them to contact Google, which owns YouTube, about the decision.
“If you’re opposed to the attacks on our communitys 1st & 2nd Amendment rights, please contact Google,” Brownells said.
Brownells used their YouTube channel to post instructional videos on how different guns work and how to assemble and maintain firearms.
Obviously, not even anti-gun Google wants this sort of negative publicity to over 24 million people on Drudge alone.
Today, the fine folks at Brownells posted some good news!
#Brownells‘ YouTube account has been restored!
We CANNOT thank you ALL enough for your shares, reposts, retweets and positive comments!
We are beyond proud to have the finest group of customers and supporters anywhere.
— Brownells, Inc. (@BrownellsInc) June 11, 2018
We welcome YouTube coming to its don’t-be-evil senses. However, at the same time we know that a rabidly anti-gun bias afflicts the media giant. They will likely continue to de-monetize and silence voices of the gun culture, one at a time. Especially those without the following and clout of Brownells.