The popular video sharing platform YouTube officially entered the national gun control debate this week, announcing its plan to ban some videos relating to firearms and instruction guides; saying the social media giant will takedown videos that promote sites that sell guns or gun accessories.
According to Bloomberg News, the new ban includes videos relating to bump stocks, gun assembly instructions, some firearm accessories, as well as posts that link to firearms-related businesses.
“We routinely make updates and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our policies,” a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement. “While we’ve long prohibited the sale of firearms, we recently notified creators of updates we will be making around content promoting the sale or manufacture of firearms and their accessories.”
Second Amendment advocates fired-back at the video-sharing platform immediately, calling the new policy clearly “one-sided.”
“YouTube’s newly released vague and one-sided firearms policy makes it abundantly clear that YouTube cannot be counted upon to be a safe harbor for a wide variety of views and subject matter,” InRange TV, a pro-firearms channel, wrote on its Facebook page.
GOOD GUY WITH A GUN: Armed Guard WHO STOPPED School Massacre IDENTIFIED
The school security officer who “engaged” a would-be murderer in southeast Maryland Tuesday has been identified by local officials; with parents around the country praising his heroic actions that saved countless lives of students and faculty.
According to the Washington Post, police have named Blaine Gaskill, a 34-year old St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Deputy, as the guard who fired at least one shot at the unnamed attacker; stopping the rampage before any fatalities occurred.
While law enforcement have confirmed that Gaskill and the shooter exchanged fire, they claim it could take days to determine if the guard’s bullet was the one that struck and killed the assailant.
“Officials didn’t confirm whether Gaskill hit the attacker, who was pronounced dead at and has not been identified, or whether he took his own life,” writes the Post. “St. Mary’s County Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said there was ‘no question’ that Gaskill’s quick arrival at the scene and immediate engagement with the shooter prevented more injuries.”
A 16 year old female student and a 14 year old male student were injured during the incident; with no known motive at this time.
GOOD GUY WITH A GUN: Armed School Officer TAKES DOWN Shooter, Saves Lives
A lone gunman was shot and killed Tuesday morning after opening fire at a southeast Maryland high school; being stopped by a heroic armed security officer who engaged the shooter within seconds.
According to Fox News, the suspect is the only fatality; with one male and one female student injured during the ordeal.
“Our school resource officer was alerted to the event. he pursued the shooter, engaged the shooter, fired a round at the shooter,” St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said. “The shooter fired a round as well. In the hours and days to come, we’ll be able to determine if our school resource officer’s round struck the shooter.”
The armed guard’s actions prevented the likely deaths of countless students and staff, and highlights President Trump’s recent push to “harden” America’s schools from future mass shootings.
The Commander-in-Chief called for armed teachers and more security guards in the wake of last months’ deadly attack on a south Florida high school; saying “We have to harden our schools, not soften them. A gun free zone to a killer, that’s like going in for ice cream.”