Fill your hands, you Roosky S.O.B’s!
Ukraine’s legislature gave its citizens the right to bear arms. No, not in 1776 or even 2014, when Russia seized Crimea. Ukrainians were given, granted, bequeathed the right to self defense just this week Tuesday 02-22-22. With Russian military forces raining fire down on them. Better late …?
Ukraine’s 41 million people can now queue up at their local Gander Mountain for their AR-15s. Bass Pro Shops can unlock their display cases of Remington 700s. As if! Ammo? Hope the Ukrainians have more luck with supply chain issues than the local Farm & Fleet here in Madison WI.
Is this a teachable moment? Class, what does that tell us?
Gun control goo goos are more silent today than Clarice Starling’s lambs. Enemies of the right to bear arms contend that America’s Founders intended the Second Amendment’s “well regulated militia” to mean only the government would dole out firearms at times and places of its choosing from well stocked armories stacked to the rafters with rifles. As if!
We know the Founders had none to dole out. Hellz bellz, the Continental Congress could barely feed and clothe George Washington’s soldiers, much less provide them with weapons. The patriots pulled their own down from the fireplace mantle. Which is why the Constitution encouraged private gun ownership — so that when it needed a militia, as to put down Shay’s Rebellion — it could do so. (So confirms the American Revolution Institute.)
We’re still seeing gun busters quote the discredited Michael Bellesiles, who claimed few American colonists owned firearms and couldn’t shoot the few they owned. The guy only had to give back his literary award and was forced out of his college professorship for his legerdemain. Research published in the William & Mary (University) Law Review states: “Everywhere and in every time period from 1636 through 1810, we found high percentages of gun ownership in [civilian] probate inventories. Approximately 50-79% of itemized male inventories contained guns” in contrast to Bellesiles’ 14.7%.
Charles C.W. Cooke speculates how much better off Ukraine would be if it had a right to bear arms. Stephen Gutowski points out at The Reload: “The history of warfare is rife with examples of smaller, weaker, and less organized forces besting even the greatest militaries in the world — from the American Revolution to Vietnam, Iraq, and multiple wars in Afghanistan.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Russia will defeat Ukraine’s military if it wants. But they could not control the ground if its citizens were well armed.