Google Bans Republican Candidate’s Pro-Hunting Ads

Theodore Dziuba posing with the gobbler he took for Easter dinner. This photo caused Google to ban his ad. (Photo: Theodoredziuba.com)

Theodore Dziuba is a Republican running for the state Senate in California’s first district. One of the major issues in the campaign is gun rights, and Dziuba is pro-gun.

“I am a proud gun owner, and defender of the Second Amendment,” Dziuba states on his website.  “I enjoy hunting and shooting sports, and I have a concealed-carry permit to protect myself and my family.  The Second Amendment is a right.  Yet every year, without fail, California takes more of our gun rights away, telling us what we don’t need.  It’s time for this nonsense to stop.”

As part of his campaign, Dziuba ran an advertisement on Google.  The ad included the word “gun” in it and linked to the campaign website which included a picture of Dziuba holding a wild turkey he had legally taken on private property with a Remington 870 20-gauge shotgun.  The gobbler was ultimately eaten by Dziuba and his family for Easter dinner.

Google banned the ad.

“According to Google’s policies, this photograph ‘promotes cruelty or gratuitous violence towards animals,'” Dziuba explained on his website.  “Any hunter will tell you that’s complete nonsense, and that sportsmanship means taking game cleanly, without suffering.”

Dziuba tried to run other ads on Google with mixed results.  The ads included:

  • “I’ll protect Gun Rights” (Banned)
  • “I’m a Proud Gun Owner” (Banned)
  • “Gun Rights: Come and Take It” (Banned)
  • “Protecting the 2nd Amendment” (Approved)
  • “Protecting our Gun Rights” (Banned)
  • “I’m a proud gun owner and a defender of Second Amendment rights” (banned)
  • “Theodore for Senate” (Approved)
  • “Theodore Dziuba: Gun Owner for State Senate” (Banned)

It appears that Google will ban any advertisement that includes the word “gun” in it, but will approve ads that reference the Second Amendment.

The Mountain Democrat reports that “there is apparently no way to speak to an actual Google person to respond to a few questions about their ad policy.”

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“There also seems to be no good way to reach the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, although a search for that very man will get you an impressive series of items regarding how to go about connecting with CEOs, in general.  No way to Google how to reach the top guy at Google, unfortunately,” the Mountain Democrat reported.

Ironically, Dziuba interned for Google when he was younger.  “The cruel irony is that when I worked for Google, managers would tell us, over and over, ‘Don’t say or do anything publicly that you wouldn’t want on the front page of the newspaper,'” Dziuba said.

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About the author: John Thomas is a U.S. Navy veteran, and a former prosecutor and defense attorney with over 20 years of experience in state and federal courts. He has handled everything from traffic tickets to first-degree murder cases and is a long-time supporter of Second Amendment rights and the rights of individuals to defend themselves, their families and their property.

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    • Bob March 6, 2019, 12:59 pm

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      • Gpaw March 7, 2019, 12:07 pm

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  • Earl Haehl March 5, 2019, 12:10 pm

    Google is private entity and has the right to restrict speech. That said, it exercises a lot of quasi governmental powers The government has no obligation to support Google’s activities by upholding it as a monopoly or upholding its copyrights from infringement or ridicule.

  • Viet Vet March 5, 2019, 11:11 am

    Some enterprising soul will eventually find a way to get their attention!!

  • Robert Terry March 5, 2019, 9:57 am

    Don’t use Google. There are plenty of other search engines out there that are just as good and DON’T track you or censor content.

  • Justista March 5, 2019, 9:40 am

    “It appears that Google will ban any advertisement that includes the word “gun” in it, but will approve ads that reference the Second Amendment.”

    I bet not if you put the words “I am anti” in front of it.

  • Rex Dickerson March 5, 2019, 9:13 am

    “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the
    range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally
    impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    As far as search engines go, the only alternative seems to be DuckDuckGo.

  • Frank Colley March 5, 2019, 7:51 am

    I just may dump Google. Who REALLY needs them anyway! And, the rest of America is FED-UP with California and the states lack of respect towards America.

  • Joseph Mauriho March 5, 2019, 7:16 am

    How did you get a permit to carry? I was refused with no reason why I have no record nothing do you have any ideas. mBy the =way
    I am 81 and not as quick as I was. Any inform action would be welcomed.
    Joseph Maurino

  • Gary A March 5, 2019, 6:12 am

    So google dosn’t respect the first amendment either unless your a progressive then you can threaten to kill the pres. and they let that slide try to defend real Rights and they so oh no not a chance. How much longer are the people going to submit themselves to this type of abuse.

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