For the shooting enthusiast, Hickok45's YouTube Channel is like a home away from home on the Internet. Until it was shut down this morning, that is.
It's been an interesting 24 hours for the shooting world, to say the least. From President Obama's 33-minute Executive Action speech on gun control to the social media blast that followed it, it seems as though many Internet denizens opened up their morning browser to check for a new, relaxing Hickok45 YouTube video only to find his entire account terminated.
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That's right - "terminated due to repeated violations of Google's policies." All of his information and most importantly, his videos, have been removed from his channel. However, his secondary YouTube channel, hickok45andson, is still up and running. So what does this termination mean? This is directly from the gun lover's Facebook page:
Well, there are a few ideas that could be at play here. The most obvious reason is that, especially in light of the Executive Action speech, Google is dropping the hammer on all firearm-related content, especially those that review guns. One could argue, however, that Hickok45's channel was an educational glimpse into understanding and appreciating the 2nd Amendment, as he consistently discussed the safe-handling of firearms in a way that not only made sense to the veteran shooter, but to any newcomers to the sport.
Additionally, his channel was renowned for its simplicity and non-biased point of view, where he strayed away from political discussions and merely focused on what most shooting enthusiasts truly love about weapons: the machinery and technology behind the mechanism. That is neither here nor there, now, though as his only chance to reinstate his channel is to file a contested complaint against Google's action.
As for his content on Wide Open Spaces? Well, until his channel is reinstated, any videos we've featured from his YouTube aren't playable, either. Here's to hoping this snafu is settled soon enough.
UPDATE: Hickok45 YouTube Channel Reinstated
As of 1:00pm, Hickok45's YouTube channel reappeared online! I can hear the collective sighs of relief from across this great nation.