By: José Niño
Contemporary American politics is filled with plenty of contradictions and inconsistencies. Presently, we have a sitting President who campaigned on the most anti-Second Amendment platforms in American history. Throughout his first year in office, Biden has spent an inordinate amount of time lecturing Americans on why the country must pass gun control.
Biden has issued executive orders here and there to tackle the alleged threat of “gun violence,” however, no meaningful legislation has been passed thus far. Biden’s inability to pass gun control reflects the structural instability of the current Democrat coalition, where a significant minority of Democrats reside in crucial battleground states with sizeable pro-gun constituencies. This situation makes it exceedingly difficult for Democrats to pass gun control because of the potential electoral blowback.
Biden is not a principled anti-gunner, though. When it comes to foreign affairs, Biden has been more willing to arm Islamists in Afghanistan’s Taliban government. America’s bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan in the last few weeks witnessed not only the rapid ascent of the Taliban taking back power again in the Central Asian country, but also the Biden administration leaving behind a vast arsenal of military-grade weapons for the Taliban and other groups to get their hands on.
Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms was correct in pointing out the hypocrisy of the Biden administration, which has droned on about “keeping firearms out of dangerous hands.” The Taliban were originally deposed in the aftermath of September 11, after the US government determined that the Islamist governing body provided shelter to Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, who were responsible for orchestrating the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil.
According to a Washington Postreport, the Taliban “captured many millions, perhaps billions, of dollars’ worth of U.S. military equipment that had once belonged to Afghan forces.” Among the military loot that it seized, Edwards highlighted that the Taliban also got its hands on “armored personnel carriers, drones, helicopters, and night-vision equipment.”
To add insult to injury, the Taliban have been conducting door-to-door confiscations of people’s firearms. All in all, the Biden administration has gifted the Taliban government state-of-the-art weaponry that will undoubtedly be used to subjugate its populace.
From a big picture view, the Biden administration’s actions are indicative of an arrogance that is well-ingrained in the Deep State. Political elites in Washington, DC are more willing to arm foreigners, especially nasty militants, while everyday Americans are not even trusted to exercise their right to self-defense.
This is how a detached ruling class operates. And it’s just another reason why gun owners must fight tooth and nail to discredit the DC swamp and wrest political power away from it. It’s the only way our rights will be secure from petty despots who trust violent foreign actors to handle military-grade weapons more than the very citizens they’re supposed to serve.
José Niño is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. Sign up for his mailing list here. Contact him via Facebook, Twitter, or email him at email@example.com. Get his e-book, The 10 Myths of Gun Control, here.