Youtube has prohibited “how to” bump stock gun modification demos from the site after a Las Vegas gunman employed the unit to rapidly fire upon tens of thousands of country music fans, killing 58 and injuring tens of thousands more.
Even though the possession of automatically-firing machine guns has been prohibited from the U.S. since 1986, a bump stock is a device you can add to a gun that will enable it to release rapid bursts of bullets. This looks and sounds similar to a machine gun, but is technically (and legally) not a military-grade automatic weapon.
Last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan confessed the danger that bump stocks pose to innocent human lives, telling MSNBC the legality of the apparatus is “obviously…something we will need to check into.” YouTube, nevertheless, does not have to wait for grinding discourse, and has altered its user instructions to include bump stock enhancement as dangerous content, that the site prohibits.
“In the aftermath of the recent catastrophe in Las Vegas, we have taken a closer look in movies that show how to convert guns to make them fire more quickly and we’ve expanded our current coverage to prohibit these movies,” a YouTube spokesperson told Mashable.
“In the aftermath of the recent catastrophe in Las Vegas, we have taken a closer look in movies that show how to convert guns to make them fire more quickly and we’ve expanded our current coverage to prohibit these videos.”
As shown on the site’s community guidelines, YouTube also bans substance that intends to scam, sabotage, and encourage hate. With thousands and thousands of movies being uploaded daily, YouTube relies upon its own over one billion users to flag dangerous content — such as making a firearm shoot in rapid bursts — for review.
A YouTube “bump stock” search nevertheless brings up thousands of results, some of which are probably bumper stock tutorials that have yet to be removed. A number of the very best videos are people demonstrating the actual enhancement and showing off their bumper stocks, but not taking them apart. One of the top movies, posted by GunsAmerica, has over 675,000 viewpoints and demonstrates that the “$99 Bump Stock Works!” It features a guy shooting a machine burst of bullets.
The apparatus may still remain valid, although anyone who wishes to add a bump stock to their gun or guns may have a harder time locating DIY advice on YouTube.
Influential House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, after surviving a June assassination shooting effort at a Washington D.C. baseball field, returned to Congress last week and resisted the idea of Congress banning bump stocks, over concerns that this will lead to a “slippery slope” on gun regulations.
“They want to go out and restrict the rights of gun owners,” Scalise told Meet the Press.
YouTube stays bombarded with content, but does not want gun owners utilizing the site to transform their guns.
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