YouTube Bans / Censors Major Gun Manufacturer Without Warning

Spike’s Tactical YouTube Channel
Spike’s Tactical YouTube Channel : “This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations.”

APOPKA, Fla.-(Ammoland.com)- On Tuesday, YouTube banned the channel belonging to Spike’s Tactical, a well-known gun and AR-15 manufacturer, without prior notice or warnings.

When thousands of Spike’s Tactical followers now attempt to visit the company’s YouTube channel, a red banner says, “This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations.”

However, according to representatives from Spike’s Tactical, they claim they have not received any prior warnings about the content of their channel and feel they are being targeted because they are a gun manufacturer and for their vocal support for conservative issues.

“This is without question an attack on free speech,” said Kit Cope, marketing director of Spike’s Tactical. “We feel strongly that after they get done going after guns, they’ll continue to ban and erase content that falls in line with conservative ideologies like they have already demonstrated with the deletion of anti-abortion videos and the like.”

While Spike’s Tactical has been known for delivering controversial marketing materials across other mediums, their YouTube page has remained nearly entirely educational and served the purpose of demonstrating their products.

“While we rarely believe in government intervention, with the recent exposure of Google, YouTube and Facebook’s power and their demonstrated manipulation of the masses, we believe something needs to be done to ensure the public is able to continue to be able to express themselves freely, even if it is something we don’t necessarily agree with, but especially when it is something that is constitutionally defined as a right,” said Cope.

In addition to this recent issue with YouTube, Facebook has continually prohibited Spike’s Tactical for paying to boost their posts because they are a gun manufacturer, representatives from the company said.


About Spike’s TacticalSpike's Tactical logo

Spike’s Tactical was founded the day before 9/11 by Mike and Angela Register and is headquartered in Apopka, Florida. The family-owned business employs around 40 people and all products are made exclusively in the USA and assembled in Florida. Spike’s Tactical is regarded as one of the premier AR-15 manufacturers in the world. Their mission is to build the highest quality products and offer them at the best possible price to the consumer. Spike’s Tactical weapons are designed to military specifications for civilian, law enforcement and military use. All products manufactured by Spike’s Tactical feature a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty.

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    Lee
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    Lee

    To Jerry May: It would be funny, if it wasn’t so sad, that someone would read your response to me and think we were saying the same thing! I do believe that at this point, businesses like YouTube, need to be controlled more than we have in the past: zero regulation, zed, nada. Our long history of grappling with freedom and what it means has shown us that it is always best to step back and allow something to develop before taking any permanent action. Citibank’s response was either a personal vendetta from a board member, a marketing choice, or… Read more »

    Jerry May
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    Jerry May

    Funnier still is that you refer to me as a “Troll.” As a Troll, I’m telling you your opinion is just that, an opinion. At the end of the day, our great nation is built around the notion of “We the people,” not you the person or me the troll.

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    Wow, Lee and Jerry May have their panties in a bunch because they don’t like what we say about You Bube. It is very easy to tell they are on the left side of the fence and talk about owning guns just like we have heard a thousand times before. What a waste of reading time to entertain them. I’m done listening or commenting to them because they are TROLLS.

    Lee
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    Lee

    I am very sad this morning, and disappointed. Unfortunately we have a Troll on this site that has been masquerading as a Constitutional free speech and gun rights advocate. He has been getting away with it simply because he writes well and appears to be educated, and owns a gun as many of us do. If he is well-educated, his teachers let him down. In the final analysis, he will do all of us, the real believers in the difficult process of creating a society that offers as many people as possible a form of freedom, a great injustice. Without… Read more »

    Jerry May
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    Jerry May

    You’re enjoying free speech right now and so am I. You can throw everything you have at the notion that the issue with YouTube is a matter of free speech. The owners of YouTube have spoken. They made a business decision. That’s all it is. You can use your free speech and complain all you want, but at the end of the day, the owners exercised their rights as company. Some years ago, I used my free speech and posted a short, thought provoking movie of myself burning something considered reckless and dangerous. YouTube immediately removed and deleted my content.… Read more »

    Lee
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    Lee

    Denny: What is the answer, other than working within our system? This might be a bit too much for a lot of people reading this but the root of this problem is free speech. Free speech is great, but we are not really concerned with our right to stand up in Central Park, or Hyde Park for that matter. No one is restricting our free speech. They are attempting to use mass-media way beyond what was foreseen. As an example, over-the-air broadcasters were required to prove social relevance and other factors before being allowed to broadcast. That was enacted before… Read more »

    Patrick
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    Patrick

    I am on Spike’s channel right now. I’m watching the “Tool-Less Trigger Guard” video with Alex.

    Raymond Hudson
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    Raymond Hudson

    Here we are,, The Government can shutdown a business for refusing to sell a weding cake and then allow a business to ban and censor thousands of people for supporting the constitution. I am speechless, however, It’s time to find my Voice and speak up….Stop this Madness!! I see that most of the people here agree with me, with the exception of a few fence sitters.

    Lee
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    Lee

    For all of you readers who believe that any censorship or regulation is wrong: 1. Do you live alone? If you live and work with people… do you follow some sort of censorship or regulation? Of course you do. 2. If I were to write “(insert the F word) you, you (insert the c word)” and direct it at one of the commenters on this page, would it be censored? Should it? 3. What is the alternative to censorship and regulation? Anarchy? We only follow what you decide? Has everybody forgotten how we got here? Yes, we need to re-educate… Read more »

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    Denny

    You are correct HOWEVER the scheme of political correctness and the heavily leftist/liberal school curricula have laid the foundation for illegal censorship, “violence for peace” (antifa), fake news, denigration of Western religion, & more. The left has infiltrated every important area of life and we must weed out these destroyers of democracy to attain our freedom oriented way of life

    Wild Bill
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    @Lee, With all due respect, “censorship” or more correctly “prior restraint” can only be done by government. To put it another way: Only government can “censor” communications. If a business, say Ammoland for instance, were to delete my use of the word fuck, then that would not qualify as censorship. One of the reasons that we call ourselves a free country is because we can open our mouths and say words that some people find offensive or outline ideas that some people find offensive (e.g. shit and socialism). Do I follow some sort of censorship? No, only the government can… Read more »

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    Jerry… when a monopoly, such as Google, FB, and Youtube (all the same company) are THE major movers of information and speech in the world, and they are purposely and willfully limiting free-speech based on politics, that cannot be allowed. At some point, monopolies must be broken up. I feel that Government interaction is justified at this point. Interesting how Google worked with the Chinese government for a decade to help them design algorithms that would censor “unacceptable” speech, and now we are seeing it applied to the U.S. market. Completely unnaceptable. This cannot continue and flies right in the… Read more »

    XLCH
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    XLCH

    Time for some enterprising person to create an alternative to YouTube. Any takers?

    Jerry May
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    Jerry May

    YouTube is a business and banning certain things is a business decision. Your move.

    Tommy Sirianni
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    Tommy Sirianni

    I see a major law suit in the picture

    Jerry May
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    Jerry May

    Live and let live. From that I say, start your own tube. Guntube would be a good name.

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    @Jerry May remember the couple that didn’t want to make a wedding cake for a couple of gays? Before the government got done with them they were broke and out of business. What is good for one group of people is good for You tub. Take goog down with them, they have gotten too big for their bussel.

    PASTORGLOCK
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    PASTORGLOCK

    I guess the right to free speech is only okay for some. You guys that support this censorship should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Lee
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    Lee

    The coming laws and regulations that will eventually be adopted by the FCC will deny/allow what are known as information pipes on the internet (YouTube, Facebook, and others) from providing content. This will be a good use of the Federal power that many people are so afraid of. I am not familiar with Spike’s, but if they promote something that is obviously a step too far… they should be censored. If it is as simple as “arm yourself,” they should be allowed. Otherwise, that pipe becomes nothing more than a shill for a particular view. Free speech is necessary, but… Read more »

    JS
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    JS

    Im so glad you know what a step too far looks like. Other than promoting violence free speech should remain exactly that. If I dont like what someone says, I go somewhere else. People like you are always looking to compromise away rights.

    A. Jones
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    A. Jones

    You are correct just as everyone has the right to stop supporting the YouTube media platform based on there political / social biases.

    TL
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    TL

    Censorship at its finest. Our country is in the toilet and people don’t care….we are losing all our freedoms one by one cuz nobody will stand up for our rights….we say we have the bill of rights, the constitution but nobody wants to fix what’s wrong in our country, which is the politicians and their hippocracy.

    LM
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    LM

    This is very scary. I have seen some ugly, provocative videos on YouTube but they want to censor and delete a company that supports my Second Amendment? How hypocritical of YouTube! Not until they ban sexually explicit videos with adults and children, domestic violence videos, assault videos, terrorist videos, etc. will they convince me that what they are doing now is for the greater good of society. What’s next? Whatever they decide to “ban” next will more than likely be contrary to my God-given rights and religious faith as an American! It appears that YouTube has become an entity that… Read more »

    Jerry May
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    Jerry May

    Everyone has to live in their own skin and if the owner of any business wants to discontinue advertising a product for any reason, who’s to say they shouldn’t?