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YouTube removes guides for building untraceable guns on demand from Democrats

A group of five senators from the Democratic Party has written a letter to YouTube demanding it remove instructional videos showing how to build untraceable, unregistered guns, dubbed "ghost guns" by critics.

Signatories include Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass. ), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

It is currently prohibited to upload videos that demonstrate how to build firearms, ammunition, or accessories on YouTube, but the five signatories say that these limitations are not being enforced.

YouTube continues to host videos instructing viewers on how to build ghost guns, we are very concerned. The Senators wrote to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki about the content that violates YouTube's Community Guidelines on firearms.

YouTube has previously met with members of Congress over this issue, the letter says, alleging that there is still a lot of this dangerous content available. According to YouTube, the steps they have taken so far are insufficient.

The senators claim that "ghost guns" are those not subject to a background check that anyone can obtain and make themselves from a 3D printer or a DIY kit from an unlicensed seller.

According to the senators, it takes less than an hour to construct a ghost gun in less than a hundred dollars with help from YouTube tutorials.

Gun traffickers, convicted felons, domestic violent extremists, and foreign terrorists have thus made ghost guns their weapons of choice. Authorities state that these untraceable firearms pose a deadly threat and are contributing to the scourge and surge of gun violence sweeping through communities all over the country.

17 Feb 2022


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