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Google May Soon Ban Ads for Toy Guns for Being Too Dangerous
Reason ^ | 6/30/2014 | Zenon Evans

Posted on 07/02/2014 2:38:42 AM PDT by markomalley

Here's a breathless headline from Breitbart: Google to Block Firearm, Ammunition, Gun Accessory Ads. Regarding a recently proposed company policy change, the site suggested on Friday that "beginning in September" the Internet giant will make these changes. Sort of. The report overlooks some important details, and perhaps the silliest aspect of the new policy: It would target toy guns.

First, as pro-gun blog The Truth About Guns points out, "they're proposed plans." That's it. Nothing set in stone yet. And, "the policy only affects Google AdWords." Although the advertising service is large – it draws in billions of dollars and is the company's main source of revenue – it simply amounts to the sponsored links at the top of the page. You will still be able to search "firearms" and find links to sites for businesses that are advertising and selling these beautiful, Second Amendment-fulfilling tools.

Furthermore, Google AdWords already blocks ads for guns, gun parts and hardware, and ammunition. They've done so for a few years. So, the Breitbart report tells us nothing new.

The great silliness that was overlooked is that Google's proposed change would broaden its ban to include any

functional devices that appear to discharge a projectile at high velocity, whether for sport, self-defense, or combat (Note that we err on the side of caution and apply this policy to sporting or recreational guns that can cause serious harm if misused, or that appear to be real guns.)

Examples: Handguns, rifles, shotguns, hunting guns, functioning antique guns, airsoft guns, paintball guns, bb guns. (emphasis added in bold)

That's right. In an effort to "help keep people safe both online and offline," the world's largest search engine wants to shield your eyes from seeing online billboards for things "that cause damage, harm, or injury" or even just look like they might pop out a plastic pellet. The number of serious injuries that faux guns inflict seems to be so low that they're more a testament to human stupidity than product unsafety. The only airsoft-related death in recent memory happened last year, when cops filled a 13-year-old California boy with seven real bullets because they mistook his airsoft weapon for a real one.

Of course, Google is a private company and it can institute whatever absurd policies it wants to alienate millions of American gun enthusiasts and protect everyone else from seeing fake firearms for sale. However, users can hit (or, dare I say, discharge a digital projectile at) Google's moneymaker by installing AdBlocker to their browser so they don't have to see any AdWord advertisements.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News
KEYWORDS: banglist; liberalfascism; secondamendment

1 posted on 07/02/2014 2:38:43 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

I wonder if it’ll also apply to Google video chat. The Firearms Radio Network podcasts uses it often for their shows.


2 posted on 07/02/2014 3:54:18 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: markomalley

but a person can place ads for bongs and butt plugs. They have their priorites right.


3 posted on 07/02/2014 4:21:56 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: markomalley
I have absolutely nothing to do with Google or Yahoo anymore.

Screw'em!!

4 posted on 07/02/2014 5:03:23 AM PDT by blam
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To: markomalley

Of course. A toy gun is not a gun. What they are trying to ban is the thought of a gun.


5 posted on 07/02/2014 5:44:28 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: markomalley

Toy guns are ..... too dangerous.

Of course they are.


6 posted on 07/02/2014 5:46:12 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: markomalley

Will they allow gay marriage supporters to place ads on it for gay rights policy? Screw them...


7 posted on 07/02/2014 5:53:50 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: markomalley

they should ban ads for liberals. liberals and their rules kill more children each year than guns.


8 posted on 07/02/2014 7:29:31 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (we shouldn't fear the government. the government should fear us.)
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To: markomalley

VIDEO: Man Uses 3D Printer To Make Handgun: GUN COMPLETED WITH PARTS ORDERED ONLINE
http://spacecoastdaily.com/2014/07/video-man-uses-3d-printer-to-make-handgun/


9 posted on 07/06/2014 10:42:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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