Biden may have armed the Taliban, but he still wants to take your AR-15
Taliban fighters guard a checkpoint that was previously occupied by American troops near the US embassy in Kabul. (AP photo)
The devastating images of Taliban fighters sweeping through Afghanistan, leading to the overthrow of the Afghan government and the evacuation of the US embassy, revealed a disturbing reality. President Joe Biden was willing to leave billions of dollars worth of high-tech weapons in the hands of the Taliban, but is determined to deprive law-abiding US citizens of their God-given right to keep and carry weapons.
One media outfit labeled the Taliban’s seizure of US weapons as the “Mother vein.” The equipment was supplied to the Afghan National Army by the United States. These included mine-resistant vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and humvees. One report described the seizure of US-supplied weapons as “enormously.” Taliban fighters are To deceive Worn AK-47 for the US-made M-4 and M-16.
Other report details that containers full of small arms were confiscated, including a case in which 900 pieces of artillery were confiscated. Taliban commanders bragged to reporters that they had new weapons that could be used on the battlefield.
#BreakingNews Tal! Ban troops with huge arsenals, including M24 sniper rifles and heavy machine guns. Most weapons come from Afghan armed forces or abandoned bases #Afghanistan #Taliban #AfghanArmy pic.twitter.com/qrpYr9lHUI
– Conflict messages (@ ConflictCollec1) August 16, 2021
Press photos put into circulation of the Taliban troops carrying almost new M-4 rifles with thermal imaging cameras. This was just days before Taliban forces released al Qaeda prisoners from their cells when they entered Kabul.
“Nobody needs that …”
These weapons are now all in the hands of the Taliban, and they must be taken over by al-Qaeda as well. There are already reports of Taliban fighters rounding up weapons from Afghans.
“We know people kept guns for personal safety. Now you can feel safe. We are not here to harm innocent civilians, ”said a Taliban official Reuters.
State television #Russia reports that all TV channels in #Afghanistan that used to show various entertainment programs now only broadcast Taliban news and the reading of the Koran. The Taliban began to confiscate all weapons from civilians. pic.twitter.com/6mBfTp7g2u
– Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) August 16, 2021
This is eerily similar to the rhetoric President Biden was telling the American public.
“There is no reason anyone would need a 100-round weapon of war, 100 bullets to fire with that weapon. Nobody needs this, nobody needs this, ”said President Biden called from the rose garden of the White House in April. He tweeted the same assertion in February, throughout its time Presidential campaign and even back to his tenure as Vice President.
He later increased the stake Mock gun owners who said they needed firearms as a check against a tyrannical government. President Biden said they would need jet fighters and made a thinly veiled reference to the use of nuclear weapons against US citizens.
Nobody needs an AR-15. Period. We need to remove these weapons of war from our communities.
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 15, 2020
President Biden nominated David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Chipman too ridiculed Gun buyers and would ban the Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR), which he calls an “assault rifle”, however couldn’t define it to senators. All gun control cards must still be played. President Biden could keep an eye on more gun control offers and do so on the international stage.
Global gun control
The Seventh Conference of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will take place in Geneva at the end of the month. This is the same group that then Secretary of State John Kerry signed a treaty in 2013 that would have placed U.S. firearms manufacturing and possession under international oversight. The treaty was never ratified by the US Senate.
President Donald Trump announced 2019: “We take back our signature.” This officially ended US participation in the United Nations, which interfered in US firearms manufacture and the gun rights of American citizens. NSSF praised the decision.
All eyes will be on the Biden government and the steps being taken to bring God-given rights protected by the constitution under international gun control. President Biden did no secret his intention to restrict America’s gun rights.
However, his respect for international arms control is ambiguous. It ranges from the notorious and the illegal Operation Fast and Furious Gun walking scheme while he was Vice President. That operation sent untraceable weapons across the US-Mexico border that fell into the hands of cartels and were even used to assassinate Brian Terry, an agent with the US Border Protection Agency.
It wasn’t the last time. The unsuccessful operation in Benghazi, under the supervision of then Vice-President Biden, which killed four people, including US Ambassador Chris Stevens, was linked to the illegal arms trade.
The Obama National Security Council refused an investigation by the US House of Representatives oversight committee into information about covert arms trafficking in Libyan rebels. The Obama administration’s Justice Department later Charges dropped against an arms dealer on his part in the plan. Now he has left billions in military weapons in the hands of well-known terrorists.
The reversal is an embarrassing consequence of the misjudgment of the viability of Afghan government forces – both by the U.S. military and intelligence agencies – which in some cases have chosen to surrender their vehicles and weapons rather than fight. co / SLJpRHOF0T
– Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 17, 2021
That is the pattern for President Biden. He has overseen botched operations that put arms into the hands of America’s enemies. Nevertheless, he demonized the arms industry as “the enemy. “ This is the industry that provides law-abiding Americans with the means to exercise their Second Amendment rights, the law enforcement tools to keep communities safe, and the small arms for our military to protect America.
President Biden’s arms policy makes Americans vulnerable and encourages America’s enemies.
Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.