As Ukraine Hands Out Guns to Citizens, the Left Finally Realizes 2d Amendment is NOT for Hunting

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by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

There is no doubt that the many on the American Left are staunchly anti-gun. The cognitive dissonance it takes to simultaneously hate cops while demanding that cops be the only ones who have guns is astonishing. Unfortunately, however, it is the norm.

As many readers of the Free Thought Project understand, gun control does nothing to stop criminals from getting their hands on guns and carrying out horrible acts of violence. What gun control actually does is take the right of self-defense away from law-abiding citizens while only allowing criminals and the government to be armed.

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This is a lose/lose situation. When only the state and criminals have the means of defending themselves, the citizens become sitting ducks, ready to be overtaken. This became evident this week in Ukraine as Putin began the invasion.

In Ukraine, the largely corrupt bureaucracy is able to limit who gets a gun because there are no statutes governing gun laws like America has a Second Amendment. In the case of Ukraine, it is often only the politically connected folks who get to carry guns.

Thanks to the lack of legal protections regarding firearm ownership, authorities have ridiculous discretion when deciding who can have a gun. The president and ministers often give guns to members of the elite, while making it hard for ordinary people to obtain them. It is estimated that more than 50,000 guns have been issued as presents from authorities to elite figures.

Because it is difficult for the average citizen to obtain a gun, the black market for guns in Ukraine has flourished. The gun control measures in the country have essentially ensured that only state actors and their friends, and the folks willing to break the law — are the only ones with guns.

“We opened the weapons arsenal, and our enemies did the same,” National Police Chief Serhiy Knyazev said in a 2017 interview, describing this very scenario.

Now, as Russian troops cross their borders, most Ukrainians are forced to leave their homes and run as many of them are unarmed and defenseless. Seeing this problem — albeit too late — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sought to fix it by arming the citizens… after the fact.

“We will give weapons to anyone who wants to defend the country. Be ready to support Ukraine in the squares of our cities,” he tweeted as the conflict escalated.

“All those who are ready to take up arms, join the ranks of the area defense forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. We simplified procedures. Only your ID is needed. We give weapons to all patriots!” Ukraine’s Armed Forces said in a tweet, following up Zelensky.

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