Youíve seen the headlines about Brownells losing its YouTube
channel temporarily, about England forcing a gun supporter off
internet, and about liberal bias at behemoth social media site.
The answer, proposed by A1F contributor Frank Miniter was
simple: We need our own YouTube site. Well, guess what? It
Outdoorsports.video provides a gateway for gun owners to share
the love of their pastime with other like-minded people, and
they wonít have to worry about getting booted off the site.
Now, to be fair, this site isnít yet monetized to the degree
YouTube is in that youíre not going to get rich by having
millions of people click on your video. But itís certainly a
step in the right direction.
Denny LeFevre is the mastermind behind the plan. He currently
funds the site with his retirement check (he is a retired master
sergeant in the U.S. Armed Forces).
The site, still in its infancy by most standards, started by
legally embedding 3,000 videos from YouTube, LeFevre wrote in an
email to A1F. That number has since dwindled to 600 as YouTube
continues to cull its offerings that offend its liberal
To make up for the diminishing returns associated with YouTube, outdoorsports.video is encouraging people to upload original
content. One goal, of course, is long-term growth, which could
ultimately lead to a better payoff for those who post there,
provided the site gets advertising support.
But even now, LeFevre reports that the site is viable enough
that the video owner who generates the most views every month
gets a check for $50. As was mentioned earlier, youíre not going
to get rich off it right now. But if enough gun backers thumb
their noses at YouTube and invest their online time with
outdoorsports.video, it will at least offer a way for believers
in the Second Amendment to exercise their First Amendment rights
as tbey pertain to guns.
A cursory glance at the site shows a mix of hunting and
defensive videos. If youíve got video clips youíd like to share,
the sign-up process looks pretty straightforward.