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LA City Councilman Wants Amazon, YouTube to Cancel NRATV

Numerous public campaigns and petitions have called for video streaming platforms to be more responsible and sever ties to the NRA.

By City News Service

Published Apr 4, 2019 at 3:10 AM

LA City Councilman Wants Amazon, YouTube to Cancel NRATV AP FILE - This March 20, 2018, file photo shows the YouTube app on an iPad in Baltimore. A Los Angeles city councilman introduced a resolution Wednesday calling on numerous video streaming services to end their commercial affiliation and contractual partnership with the National Rifle Association's NRATV, saying it normalizes violence and promotes a dangerous gun culture.

"While the majority of Americans favor common-sense gun laws, the NRATV is working to normalize violence and promote a dangerous gun culture," Councilman Mitch O'Farrell said. "The public would benefit from the City Council calling for the end of NRATV across all streaming platforms that feature personalities who describe and advocate for an armed uprising against the media while opposing common-sense gun safety policy."

The City Council in February approved an O'Farrell motion requiring city contractors to disclose any ties they have to the Fairfax, Virginia-based nonprofit, which was founded in 1871.

The NRA did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

O'Farrell's resolution calls on video streaming services such as YouTube, Amazon Prime and Apple TV to end any ties to the NRA and stop airing NRATV.

Similar to the motion approved in February, the resolution says the NRA is one of the most influential lobbying organizations in the Unites States and is "effectively hindering any common-sense gun safety laws at every level of government."

Councilman Paul Krekorian seconded the resolution.

"With the recent tragedy in New Zealand, we have seen how quickly violent content spreads through social media and internet platforms, where hate-filled ideology and false information can get amplified instantaneously," he said. "Streaming services should act responsibly and must help prevent the normalization of violence and inflammatory rhetoric, and the content and messaging of NRATV too often fails to meet that measure of responsibility."

Numerous public campaigns and petitions have called for video streaming platforms to be more responsible and sever ties to the NRA, according to O'Farrell's office, including a recent change.org petition with about 350,000 signatures that calls for Amazon Prime to sever its ties with NRATV.

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