"Without warning or notice," YouTube shut down firearms parts company Brownells' channel in what appears to be a part of its continued crack-down on firearms-related content. But after backlash from supporters, who pointed out that if YouTube is trying to reduce gun violence, it picked the wrong company to censure, Brownells announced that YouTube had reversed its decision.
The company, which has been providing gun supplies for eight decades, announced the abrupt termination on Twitter on Saturday.
"Brownells’ YouTube channel has been terminated w/oout warning or notice," the company revealed. "If you’re opposed to the attacks on our communitys 1st & 2nd Amendment rights, please contact GOOGLE : 650-253-0000 OPTION 5 FOR YOUTUBE, MESSAGE YT & GOOGLE: https://twitter.com/YouTube https://twitter.com/rkyncl?lang=en ."
As National Review's Maireade McCardle reported Sunday, the sudden termination of Brownell's account resulted in a flood of critical responses on social media, "many users saying Brownells is the wrong entity to go after to prevent gun violence."
Here are a few examples of the backlash from Brownwells' fans and pro-Second Amendment advocates online:
Apparently YouTube felt enough pressure to rethink canceling the company's account without notice. On Monday, Brownells announced that its channel had been restored.
"We CANNOT thank you ALL enough for your shares, reposts, retweets and positive comments!" the company tweeted. "We are beyond proud to have the finest group of customers and supporters anywhere."