Second Amendment, Schmecond Amendment. Google wants you to know that it is thinking of your “safety” as it announces that it has banned anything to do with firearms on its Google Shopping service. That’s what they’ve told HamLund Tactical, a Texas-based company that deals in ammunition and firearms accessories, anyway. Further, firearms customers have recently found that Google Shopping won’t give them any search results for firearm-related products anymore even though the change over isn’t supposed to fully take effect until July 1.
The folks at HamLund Tactical posted the letter they received from Google on a gun enthusiast’s message board called 68forums. In that letter, Google informs dealers in firearm accessories and ammunition that they will no longer be allowed to sell their wares through the Google service.
Starting July 1 Google has implemented the new policy, HamLund was informed. “We do not allow the promotion or sale of weapons and any related products such as ammunitions or accessory kits on Google Shopping. In order to comply with our new policies, please remove any weapon-related products from your data feed and then re-submit your feed in the Merchant Center,” the letter says.
This goes for knives as well as firearms and related products.
News of the Google decision ran through the firearms community and related Internet message boards and blogs like Obama going through campaign cash.
Speaking of campaign cash, Bill Vollono of Townhall thinks he might have an idea of just why Google has decided to ban sales of guns and accessories on Google Shopping. Google and its owners are huge Obama campaign donors not to mention recipients of Obama largesse.
Vollono notes that Google and its various employees and owners have donated over $608,000 to Obama’s reelection campaign.
Skeptics will point out that thus far, in his first four years in the Oval Office, Barack Obama has been absent on gun control issues. This point is a fair point to make, too.
Obama has surprised everyone concerned with the Second Amendment — both pro and con — with his near complete lack of interest in gun control issues even though for the very short time he was a State Senator in Chicago and a U.S. Senator in Washington he was one of the most virulently anti-Second Amendment pols around.
But that doesn’t mean he intends to stay mum on guns. Obama played this game smartly, after all. Second Amendment supporters have had the upper hand over the last decade and Obama knows this. Every state but one, for instance, now has some sort of shall issue law on the books and gun supporters have succeeded in taking the issue away from Democrats almost entirely. Few Dems mention gun control on the stump any more and only crime-ridden Chicago is still looking for sly, un-Constitutional ways to ban firearms.
As to the smart game he’s playing, Obama seems to have tried to set the stage for gun control in his second term. After all, Fast & Furious was supposed to be, in part, a gun control scheme. Obama and his politicized lackey at Justice, AG Eric Holder, intended to secretly ship thousands of American guns to Mexican narco-terrorists so that when they were used to kill Mexicans and Americans, Obama could then point to this rampant criminality and claim we need to clamp down on guns here in the USA to prevent the murderous reign due to “loose” American gun sales.
We can also look to his last open mike error to see his attitude on a multitude of issues. Once he’s past the need to worry about voter’s concerns, he can be “more flexible.” Consequently, we might easily expect Obama to once again become as zealous an anti-gun pol in his second term — after he no longer has to worry about elections — as he was in the lower offices he held.
And Google? They are just trying to anticipate their favorite President’s second term campaign against the Second Amendment.