The Federalist reports AR15.com, the largest gun forum in the world, was deplatformed on Monday by web hosting company GoDaddy without explanation. When asked by The Federalist about the decision to remove AR15.com, GoDaddy later claimed that the site “both promotes and encourages violence,” but did not offer any specific examples. Instead, they gave AR15.com 24 hours to relocate its business.
The decision by Scottsdale-based GoDaddy follows a series of bans and contract terminations by big tech companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Twitter, and Facebook targeting conservatives and supporters of President Donald Trump.
Big Brother was described in George Orwell’s eerily prophetic novel, “1984,” illustrating the consequences of individuals actions and intentions being monitored by the government as a means of controlling and suppressing the will of the populace. The Orwell analogy becomes more fitting as political conservative are further repressed as emboldened leftists gain control, bringing to mind the post-World War II confessional prose by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller:
“First they came . . .”
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out…
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out…
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out…
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me…and there was no one left to speak for me.