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Google's Anti Gun Stance

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by AllAmer4, Jan 23, 2012.

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  1. AllAmer4

    AllAmer4 Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA

    I recently received an email from Google about their change in advertising policy. Please check out this blog post with additional details.

    To quote them: "Google AdWords doesn't allow the promotion of weapons or devices designed to cause serious harm or injury."

    Included however, are many items that aren't "designed" to cause serious harm or injury.

    Please pass this along and let Google know your thoughts.

  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Green Bay Wisconsin
    They keep trying to hijack my toolbar and I keep deleting them.

  3. minnship8

    minnship8 Well-Known Member

    Jul 25, 2011
    I don't allow sexual talk in my workplace, that doesn't make me homophobic.

    I don't allow religious icons in the workplace, that doesn't make me anti God.

    Google made a business decision probably weighing the cost benefit of having weapons advertising and it didn't measure up. That doesn't make them anti gun.

    Anti, by definition means opposition. I doubt anyone can show me a pro active effort by Google opposing guns.

    Inflammatory rhetoric of this nature makes honest gun owning citizens look like purists and zealots...that perception probably does more harm against our rights than Google. We should take more care about how we portray ourselves and give less effort to bandying labels about.

  4. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Eastern Washington
    Look up "weapon" in a Webster dictionary, it will surprise some people.

    Google advertizes/sells weapons, they just are to slow to figure it out that they do.

    There are a lot of people "educated past their intelligence" these days!
  5. Calkidd

    Calkidd Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Central Valley
    Hear, Hear Chip!!!!!
  6. Claymuncher

    Claymuncher Member

    Oct 31, 2011
    All due respect Chip : NOT : Liberals are liberals are liberals to the bone. They would "never" give us a break in anyway shape or form, business or not. Not even to expand their knowledge of us. The owners of google, facebook, tweeter,etc. are all sleeping in the same bed. They hate us and what we stand for so no amount of common sense on our part will change their view of our world. They only have a view of "their" world. Never forget liberalism is a religion.

  7. Auctioneer

    Auctioneer Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2009
    That is discrimmination(sp). Its like having a store and only serving a few types of people and telling other not to come in. If they want advertisers they shouldn't be picky. Money is money.
  8. GunDr

    GunDr Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I've got gmail for my shop, and all of the sidebar advertising is gun related.

    I've also google for 100's of different guns and have never been block. Maybe I'm misunderstanding what google is suppose to be doing.

  9. larrystrollo

    larrystrollo Member

    Jan 29, 1998

    Google, via DoubleClick (a company it acquired) keeps track of where you surf and looks for keywords in your gmail and feeds you ads related to your interests. So, it would be natural that you'd see a boatload of gun stuff. It's at once both useful and creepy.

  10. Bushmaster1313

    Bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2009
    Google has made so much money that they have a lot to lose.

    Makes sense from a legal perspective to stay away from advertising guns if they do not need the money.
  11. AllAmer4

    AllAmer4 Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    It is very clear that by discriminating against gun-related advertisers, they are saying "we are against this". A proactive campaign isn't necessary, it is implied. They're smart enough not to openly bash guns.

    I don't buy the argument that there isn't a market for these products. Google can and does serve ads to the most obscure and smallest of markets. It is about relevancy to your key words, so the possibilities are endless. Search for "the world's largest gummy bear". They have shopping results for that. How many of those are sold per year?

    Does Trap & Field or Shooting USA have increased insurance premiums because they advertise gun related items? What about gun dealers who advertise on their own website? Google doesn't actually facilitate the sale, so an FFL is not required.

    It smells to me, that's all.

  12. ks5shooter

    ks5shooter Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    National Organizations With Anti-Gun Policies

    The following organizations have lent monetary, grassroots or some other type of direct support to anti-gun organizations. In many instances, these organizations lent their name in support of specific campaigns to pass anti-gun legislation such as the March 1995 HCI "Campaign to Protect Sane Gun Laws." Many of these organizations were listed as "Campaign Partners," for having pledged to fight any efforts to repeal the Brady Act and the Clinton "assault weapons" ban. All have officially endorsed anti-gun positions.

    Ambulatory Pediatric Association
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    American Civil Liberties Union
    American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing
    American Medical Women`s Association
    American Medical Student Association
    American Medical Association
    American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
    American Trauma Society
    American Federation of Teachers
    American Association of School Administrators
    American Alliance for Rights and Responsibilities
    American Medical Association
    American Bar Association
    American Counseling Association
    American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    American Association for World Health
    American Ethical Union
    American Nurses Association
    American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
    American Firearms Association
    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    American Jewish Committee
    American Trauma Society
    American Psychological Association
    American Jewish Congress
    American Public Health Association
    Americans for Democratic Action
    Anti-Defamation League
    Black Mental Health Alliance
    B`nai B`rith
    Central Conference of American Rabbis
    Children`s Defense Fund
    Church of the Brethren
    Coalition for Peace Action
    Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
    College Democrats of America
    Committee for the Study of Handgun Misuse & World Peace
    Common Cause
    Congress of National Black Churches, Inc.
    Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    Consumer Federation of America
    Council of the Great City Schools
    Council of Chief State School Officers
    Dehere Foundation
    Disarm Educational Fund
    Environmental Action Foundation
    Episcopal Church-Washington Office
    Florence and John Shumann Foundation
    Friends Committee on National Legislation
    General Federation of Women`s Clubs
    George Gund Fun
    Gray Panthers
    H.M. Strong Foundation
    Harris Foundation
    Hechinger Foundation
    Interfaith Neighbors
    Int`l Ladies` Garment Workers` Union
    Int`l Association of Educators for World Peace
    Jewish Labor Committee
    Joyce Foundation
    Lauder Foundation
    Lawrence Foundation
    League of Women Voters of the United States*
    Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
    Manhattan Project II
    Mennonite Central Committee-Washington Office
    National Safe Kids Campaign
    National Association of Police Organizations
    National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    National Black Nurses` Association
    National Association of Chain Drug Stores
    National Network for Youth
    National Assembly of National Voluntary Health & Social Welfare Organizations
    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
    National Association of School Psychologists
    National Association of Counties*
    National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners
    National Association of School Safety and Law Enforcement Officers
    National Education Association
    National Association of Elementary School Principals*
    National Association of Public Hospitals
    National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    National Association of Secondary School Principals
    National Association of Social Workers
    National Association of Children`s Hospitals and Related Institutions
    National Association of School Psychologists
    National Council of La Raza
    National Center to Rehabilitate Violent Youth
    National Commission for Economic Conversion & Disarmament
    National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
    National Council of Negro Women
    National Association of Community Health Centers
    National People`s Action
    National Education Association*
    National League of Cities
    National Council on Family Relations
    National Council of Jewish Women
    National Organization for Women
    National Political Congress of Black Women
    National Parks and Conservation Association
    National Peace Foundation
    National Urban League, Inc.
    National Parent, Teachers Association*
    National Urban Coalition
    National SAFE KIDS Campaign
    National Organization on Disability
    National Spinal Cord Injury Association
    NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
    Ortenberg Foundation
    Peace Action
    People for the American Way
    Physicians for Social Responsibility
    Police Foundation
    Project on Demilitarization and Democracy
    Public Citizen
    Society of Critical Care Medicine
    Southern Christian Leadership Conference
    The Council of the Great City Schools
    The Synergetic Society
    20/20 Vision
    U.S. Catholic Conference, Dept. of Social Development
    Union of American Hebrew Congregations
    Unitarian Universalist Association
    United States Catholic Conference
    United Methodist Church, General Board & Church Society
    United Church of Christ, Office for Church in Society*
    United States Conference of Mayors
    War and Peace Foundation
    Women Strike for Peace
    Women`s National Democratic Club
    Women`s Action for New Directions (WAND)
    Women`s Int`l League for Peace and Freedom
    World Spiritual Assembly, Inc.
    YWCA of the U.S.A.

    *The national organization only endorses federal legislation.
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