Democrats Freak Out About Facebook Ad For ‘Long-Range Hunting Ammunition’

House Democrats are very unhappy with Facebook for allowing ads for weapons accessories. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Democrats in Congress won’t be satisfied until all advertisements for any gun-related accessories or protective equipment are removed from Facebook.

That was the underlying message of a letter sent to the social media company by 23 Democrats serving on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The legislators take particular issue with the fact that, according to Buzzfeed, Facebook users continued to receive ads for “long-range hunting ammunition” following the social media company’s ban on weapons accessories and protective equipment from January 6 to 22.  

“While it was encouraging that Facebook took action to ban certain types of troubling advertising on its platforms through January 22, more must be done since our nation continues to face a threat from violent domestic extremists,” Democrats writes. “Furthermore, additional clarity and transparency is needed around how these ads are selected for users and what influence they may have on users, particularly those who are known to be active in extremist groups that peddle disinformation and conspiracy theories.”

It’s unclear exactly why the legislators focus on ammunition since Facebook long ago banned any advertisements for weapons or ammunition. The social media giant still allows ads for gun-related “accessories,” but they banned those ads too between the riots and President Biden’s inauguration.

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The legislators pose a series of questions to Facebook connecting weapons accessories and ballistic vests to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

For example, they ask, “What steps does Facebook plan to take to ensure that advertisements for weapons or other tactical military equipment and accessories are not targeted in a manner that can jeopardize public safety?”

They also want to know how many employees are responsible for reviewing weapons-related advertisements and how Facebook reviews the audience for advertisements for “weapons or other tactical military equipment and accessories.”

They do not explain how hunting ammunition or gun holsters could be considered “tactical military equipment” nor do they explain how advertisements for such equipment lead to violence or extremism.

It didn’t take long for the corporate media and anti-gun politicians to begin blaming the riots on January 6 on Facebook ads for protective vests and weapons accessories. Citing Buzzfeed, the New York Times reported that “concerned employees and users of the social network” noticed an “uptick” in advertisements for gun holsters and body armor following the riots.

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These ads were being shown to people who “engaged with” alleged misinformation about the presidential election and Capitol riots, according to the outlet.

This is very, very bad, according to attorneys general for Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

“We believe that Facebook’s micro-targeted advertising of such gear, including to audiences that have an affinity for extremist content and election misinformation, could promote and facilitate further politically motivated attacks,” the attorneys wrote in a letter to Facebook.

The allegations are high on emotion and short on proof, but that isn’t stopping anyone in Congress from taking Facebook to task for their alleged mismanagement of advertising and promotion of violence.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Ought Six March 15, 2021, 5:19 pm

    15 March 2021 Ought Six
    If I may add: If ever a 1st Amendment right was trampled, this congressional request is it. Imagine being told what you can say or publish. I hope the Facebook publishers will decline to “honor” the request.

  • Chastran March 13, 2021, 1:58 pm

    Long-range hunting ammunition allows one to reach out and touch prey…

  • Frank March 13, 2021, 7:28 am

    We ALL need proficiency with “long-range hunting ammunition”. Every law-abiding citizen should be able to reliably punch a 10″ wide by 12″ high um… “target” at 300 yards or more.

  • JB March 12, 2021, 7:37 pm

    DEMOCRATS are an existential threat to America and freedom.

  • Jesse Tiede March 12, 2021, 3:15 pm

    So, I wonder what Jeff Bezos has to say about somebody selling those evil, gun related products on his baby, Facebook? Could affect his “Bottom Line”, you know…

  • Terry J Reeder March 12, 2021, 1:34 pm

    Peelusly is correct there is a domestic violence problem in America. It’s called the Democrap party. She is a freedom terrorist as are all Demos and a bunch of RINO’s .

    Fear the Government that fears you having a weapon to defy them.

  • Fishhead March 12, 2021, 12:43 pm

    Please note. Targeting Trump supporters who own guns or even a Bible. A Bible is said to be sharper than a two edged sword. It has to be banned. The Bible also talks about battle strategies and speaks out againt everything “Dumbo” Dems promote. Guns aren’t the problem. Only Trump supporters!! The stupid people have no idea who they are attacking. They better stick to defending the US CONSTITUTION ! Hey, now that’s an original idea, followed by an oath of office. They better watch their steps. We know when they are treading on hallowed ground. We may decide to yake our country back sooner than 2022 and 2024. March on all you Trump supporters with you gun in one hand and your Bible in the other. Also a book containing the US CONSTITUTION!! “…… Shall not be infringed….”

  • Stan d. Upnow March 12, 2021, 10:34 am

    “..our nation continues to face a threat from violent domestic extremists,”
    -translation: all firearms-owning Trump supporters

    “..those who… peddle disinformation and conspiracy theories.”
    -translation: anyone who has an opposing opinion to Progressive-Socialist ideology

    For current federal officials to direct a Private company on what it can/cannot accept as advertisements shows the totalitarian control they are seeking to exercise. For FB to happily comply with all dictates from these anti-Americans shows that Zuckerberg & Co. are simply an extension of the propaganda wing of the Progressive-Socialist Party.

    • Fishhead March 12, 2021, 12:46 pm

      Great comment. Pass it on!!

  • C.J. March 12, 2021, 8:03 am

    Longer distance precision shooting was how we defeated the British. It’s been around since the beginning of our nation.

  • D.J. March 11, 2021, 8:20 am

    Are we to assume all firearms owners are now
    ” violent domestic extremists ” ?

    Who’d a thunk it ?

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