I was referred to a Google document, “Dangerous Products or Services”, which is a preliminary document that discusses their advertising policies that go into effect sometime in September of 2014.
Functional devices that appear to discharge a projectile at high velocity, whether for sport, self-defense, or combat
(Note that we err on the side of caution and apply this policy to sporting or recreational guns that can cause serious harm if misused, or that appear to be real guns.)
Examples: Handguns, rifles, shotguns, hunting guns, functioning antique guns, airsoft guns, paintball guns, bb guns
Any part or component that’s necessary to the function of a gun or intended for attachment to a gun
Examples: Gun scopes, ammunition, ammunition clips or belts
Reading further, they also ban; Knives, swords, throwing starts, brass knuckles, crossbows, drugs INCLUDING “tobacco products & related equipment”.
They don’t indicate if they will also block search results, but it is implied.
You would think that a company that spends its’ time gathering data on every internet user would be a little more open minded. Once they start down this slippery slope, they are effectively done as a search company.
It will be fun to see if Google has the testicles to remove all references to youtube videos with firearms. If so, someone is about to get the opportunity to replace youtube.
The United States government already spends far too much time trying to tell me how to live my life. I don’t need Google trying to be the next nanny in my life! Under the circumstances, I will use other search providers from this point forward. I will not tolerate censorship by ANYONE! I don’t give a damned whether you are liberal or conservative. I don’t care what your religious beliefs or lack thereof are. NO ONE CENSORS MY DATA!
I recommend https://ixquick.com/ and also https://duckduckgo.com/. Both are excellent search engines.
Since this post mentions firearms, I assume that it falls under Google’s censorship net… Let me make sure:
For ammunition and reloading supplies, I like http://www.midwayusa.com/
For swords, battle axes, knives, throwing stars, and brass knuckles, I like http://www.budk.com/.
Those looking for battle axes could also search Amazon.com. The number of battle axes that they sell is damned impressive! Try amazon battle axes search.
When I smoked cigars, many years ago, I was thrilled with the variety available from Thompson Cigar Company, http://www.thompsoncigar.com/
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Google!