Dear Fellow Survivalist;
I just read an article which stated that a Ukrainian lawmaker is trying to get a bill through their legislature which will provide Ukrainian citizens the same rights to own firearms that our Founding Fathers bestowed upon us. Interestingly enough, the same lawmaker had tried this in the months before the war broke out, but was thwarted. According to his testimony, the influence of the Russian lobby there in Ukraine killed the bill.
Had the bill passed, it might not have made much difference, as the time between the passing and the invasion probably wouldn’t have been long enough so that a sizeable percentage of the population could have taken advantage of it, arming themselves. But with the threat of Russia right next door, there’s a good chance that as many people as possible would have taken advantage of the opportunity to buy firearms.
As of right now, only about 2% of Ukrainians own firearms and most of those are pistols. That’s not really enough to make a difference in the current conflict. The people can’t defend themselves against soldiers, which has allowed such atrocities as the Bucha massacre, where 412 unarmed civilians were gunned down by Russian troops. There were apparently exactly zero privately-owned firearms in that city when the Russians came.
Could an armed citizenry have stopped the Russian army? That’s a hard question to answer, as there are many factors to take into consideration. But when I look at what the Continental Army under General Washington did in the American Revolution or what the North Vietnamese did during the Vietnam War, I am firmly convinced that armed citizens can do a lot more against organized troops than anyone thinks. While the Russian army may still have killed those 412 civilians; at least they wouldn’t have gone down without a fight.
We tend to focus on the second part of the Second Amendment, where it says “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Amongst those of us who believe in our Second Amendment rights, that’s mostly about protecting ourselves from tyranny, with a secondary purpose of allowing us to defend ourselves. But we’re forgetting the first part, where it says, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…”
It looks to me like that first part is clear; the primary purpose of the Second Amendment is so that we, as a people, can defend ourselves from foreign aggressors. Remember, in the beginning, there was no US Army. While that also gives us a way of defending ourselves against tyranny, it appears that to the people of Ukraine, the ability to defend their land from foreign attack is paramount.
I had the opportunity to hear the Polish Consulate General speak the other day and I’ve talked to people in Romania. The people of Eastern Europe are all concerned about who Putin is going to attack next. Some are preparing for that attack. I applaud them for that.
But one thing he conveyed to us, which he had gotten from the Ukrainian Consulate General, was that Russia will never win that conflict. The reason given was that as long as there was one Ukrainian soldier still able to bear arms, they would continue to fight. Ukraine had already been under Moscow’s thumb and the people would rather die than be under it again.
Thank God that we have a Second Amendment. It protects us from the same sort of attack that Ukraine is suffering right now. As Admiral Yamamoto said in the early days of World War II, “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” The largest armed force in the world is American gun owners and most of us, I would say, would fight an invasion of our soil.
This makes me wonder just what is really behind the anti-gun movement. Are they just trying to clear the road for tyranny or is there something more nefarious going on? Could Russia or China be funding that movement, trying to take our guns away from us, in preparation for some future invasion? I don’t know; but the fact that the possibility exists gives me one more reason to hang on to my guns.
None of us know what the future might hold. We have enemies; and without exception, they yearn for our destruction. That’s just one more reason to keep our powder dry and our survival gear close at hand.