When the Left gets a good hysteria going, no corner of the internet is safe.
The Hill reports that YouTube will now be blocking any tutorial videos that show how to modify guns with things such as the latest part that 95% of the Left didn’t know existed until five minutes ago, bump stocks:
“We have long had a policy against harmful and dangerous content,” a YouTube spokesman said in an emailed statement. “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 company will also ban videos that sell and promote firearms as well as conversion devices and bump stocks – both of which allow semi-automatic guns to fire more similarly to automatic ones.
Stephen Paddock, the suspected Las Vegas shooter, attached bump stocks to several of the rifles found in his room. Such devices allow firearm owners to take advantage of a gun’s recoil to simulate an automatic rifle’s ability to fire rounds in rapid succession, while not violating laws banning automatic weapons.
Of course, this move is more about projecting the image that YouTube cares than it is about doing anything that might actually be useful to prevent future shootings or make them less deadly. First, Rebekah Curtis explains at the Federalist that bump stocks basically help increase a gun’s rate of fire (though still not making it truly automatic) while maintaining a (still-diminished) degree of accuracy. Why? Because for many target shooters, unloading more bullets in a shorter period of time is understandably fun. Pretty simple.
And as Tom Knighton at Bearing Arms explains, bump stocks alone don’t make guns significantly more dangerous and banning them would be the very definition of futility. For one thing, the same basic effect can be achieved with a simple rubber band (good luck banning those). For another:
In other words, fast shooting is here to stay no matter what Dianne Feinstein, Shannon Watts, or Michael Bloomberg and company think about it. Even if they could manage to end bump-fire completely–and that’s a ridiculously lost cause–they won’t end quick shooting. Frankly, I’d rather a shooter wanting to kill me try to use bump-fire than really fast, aimed fire like Haley or Miculek use.
After all, there aren’t many videos about bump-fire that shows someone actually hitting their target, and there’s a reason for that. Bump-fire is notoriously inaccurate, much like automatic fire in the hands of most people. It’s almost impossible to use effectively against people unless you have a large mass of folks you can aim at, but once people start to disperse, that effectiveness ends.
But again, the bump-stock freakout is not about saving lives; it’s about virtue-signaling. It’s about whipping up public panic as a pretext to steal peaceful American’s guns. And YouTube is now complicit in the scam.
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