We're good friends with all the other gun blogs in the industry. Well, not all of them, but enough that it matters. We all tend to go to the same events each year like SHOT Show, NRAAM, USCCA, etc.
We rub elbows with them as we share the media tables, writing and sharing stories with each other, etc. And, while they are our competition to some degree we all support each other just as all gun owners should come together in support of the Second Amendment.
After all, what impacts one of us, positively or negatively, will have ramifications across the entire industry.
The Firearm Blog just had their Instagram account completely deleted. There was no notice and no chance to appeal the decision.
This is bad news and serves as a sober reminder that we're just a small fish inside the social media ocean. Small fish have only a few ways of not getting eaten:
- They can hide in the crevices at the bottom of the ocean, feeding on scraps and hoping that one day they can be big enough to become the big fish.
- Or, they school together increasing chances of survival by strength in numbers. Yes, it is true that some fish get devoured, but the vast majority of them are stronger because of the sheer number in their group. Then together, the schooled up fish can grow big.
I'm not a marine biologist, but I believe that's how it works. Oh, and it doesn't really matter how big you get as a sole fish, because there is ALWAYS a bigger fish–somewhere–willing to gobble you up.
This is largely how the internet works, as well. There are a few companies at the top, controlling a large portion of the internet at large. The rest of us have to fit in somewhere. If the companies in control don't like what we're doing, they'll censor us, or worse, shut us down.
And, there isn't much we can do about it. Make no mistake my friends, this is a fight we're in.
We must all pool together with one another and do something meaningful to protect what we have, while we still have it. Today it's Instagram and TFB and tomorrow it'll be something else. It's getting worse and we need to do something.
And before you say things like, “well, social media sucks and nobody should be on it anyway” hear me out.
While I don't disagree with you, social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and the rest, won't be going away any time soon.
They're here to stay and a majority of our readers are on these platforms. If we stopped posting to these accounts we'd (all) slowly go out of business. Our Facebook account has 222,000+ followers. Can you imagine if we one day stopped posting?
We have mouths to feed, as do all of the other gun blogs out there.
We cannot just give in, which is what they want us to do. We will not roll over and die. We must continue to fight, which is why TFB just started another Instagram account and I encourage you to follow them over there.
By doing so, you help them flip a big bird to those who would otherwise suppress our gun rights.
Screw Instagram and the big, ugly iPhone they rode in on.
I'm livid, can you tell?
What's really confusing to me, is how Instagram is okay showing off scantily clad ladies who're barely old enough to vote (if they're even that old) and yet pictures of guns are so offensive that it gets an entire channel banned.
What a strange reality we live in these days.
And then to make matters worse, they didn't even give a reason or a chance to appeal the decision or to correct whatever was wrong. To me, that means that whoever deleted the account was bent on one thing: suppression.
They just wanted to delete the account. And that, my friends, is why we must stick together. I don't claim to have all the answers. Past going and following TFB on Instagram I don't know what else to do.
So, I leave the floor open to you. What do you think we can/should do about this? Is there anything, or am I losing my marbles again? Let us know in the comments below.
Also, while you're in a following mood, I'd also recommend following our Instagram account. I may be biased, but it's the best gun account out there.