Ukraine Invasion guns citizens
A member of the Georgian Legion, a paramilitary unit formed mainly by ethnic Georgian volunteers to fight against the Russian forces in Ukraine in 2014, shows how to use a gun to civilians during their training in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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By Jonathan Miltimore

Russian soldiers flooded into Ukraine Thursday under orders from President Vladimir Putin, threatening to obliterate a peace that has existed on the European continent for more than 75 years.

News reports say cities were bombarded by land, air, and sea, and Ukrainian forces were struggling to hold ground surrounding Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, against tens of thousands of Russian soldiers.

Prior to the attack, Ukrainian officials took steps to help Ukrainian civilians protect themselves.

“Ukraine’s parliament on Wednesday voted to approve in the first reading a draft law which gives permission to Ukrainians to carry firearms and act in self-defense,” Reuters reported.

The 30-day emergency order, National Review reports, would “grant citizens the right to bear arms.” It would also allow the government to conscript Ukrainians between the ages of 18 and 60, “adding nearly 200,000 troops to the country’s defense.”

Permitting Ukrainians to arm themselves is a sensible measure. But as Charles Cooke points out at NRO, “it’s also a bit late.”

While Ukraine has relatively loose gun control laws by European standards, estimates suggest only about 1.3 million firearms exist in the country, which has a population of some 43 million. This diminishes the chances of Ukrainian civilians being able to offer serious resistance, an idea that is hardly far-fetched, 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, it isn’t difficult to find templates for how a Ukrainian resistance could eventually prevail if Russia attempts to capture and hold it.”

It’s wonderful Ukrainian officials are finally extending the natural right to bear arms to its people. The only tragedy is that it took so long.

Speaking on CNN, Nina Lvovna Khrushcheva, a professor of international affairs at the New School in New York, also said small arms could be decisive.

“If every Ukrainian takes a gun, Russians don’t have a prayer,” she told John Berman. “I mean the military can fight, but… Ukrainians are really ready today.”

Ukrainian leaders apparently agree. The government on Thursday took the unusual step of issuing thousands of automatic weapons to civilians, following the issuance of its emergency order.

Unfortunately, the likelihood of serious resistance is low because the Ukrainian government embraced the right to bear arms so late.

“Next time,” Cooke points out, “bear arms earlier.”

Cooke’s words could be construed as flippant, but his point is a deadly serious one.
The Founding Fathers enshrined the right to bear arms in the Second Amendment of the Constitution, and they made it clear that they were not “granting” citizens the right, but codifying what was a natural right.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, explained in 1789. “A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.”

As some astute observers pointed out on social media, the Second Amendment was never “about hunting” or even self-defense (in a civil sense). It was always about liberty.

“This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty,” the legal scholar Tucker St. George wrote in 1803. “The right of self defence is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any colour or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”

These sentiments were echoed decades later by Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story in Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States.

“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers,” Story wrote, “and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.”

It’s wonderful that Ukrainian officials finally sought to extend the full, natural right to bear arms to their people. The only tragedy is that it took so long.

 

Jonathan Miltimore is the Managing Editor of FEE.org. His writing/reporting has been the subject of articles in TIME magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes, Fox News, and the Star Tribune.

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    • Russia is a much bigger bad guy. And we need to find a way to live, with any country, with atomic bombs.

        • Sometimes you have to have something like the Russian invasion to realize just how valuable the right to bear arms is.

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      • A country that relied on, and actively used, the Azrov Battalion to establish itself certainly can’t be counted as a “good government”. Russia has made it clear, over and over, what it would take to avoid conflict. Western media won’t report any of that, because “Russia, Russia, Russia!”

        There are no “good guys”, but Russia isn’t the Great Evil that Europe, the US and UK portray them to be.

      • Is Russia really a bigger “bad guy” than the globalist oligarchy ruling the Western world?

        The globalist oligarchy that uses economic terrorism to force people to take experimental medical treatments that they don’t want?

        Forces little kids to wear humiliating masks of nonsense?

        Destroyed a multitude of family businesses?

        Shut down all the churches for many months?

        Borrowed so much money that your grandchildren will be enslaved?

        Shut down honest dialogue?

        Gotten us into numerous nonsense wars around the world?

        Murdered babies by the millions via abortion?

        Promoted every form of wickedness through the entertainment industry?

        Putin seems to be a very bad man, but the Bushes, Clintons, Romneys, Bidens, Obamas, Trudeaus, Pelosis, (probably Trump too), Soros, Gates, Fauci, Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Zuckerberg, the World Economic Forum, the Davos crowd, Epstein, British Crown, the Pope, and their globalist overlords probably pose more of a threat to the world.

        Hell, Putin and Xi are probably part of the same giant globalist mess.

        Either we go with Jesus, or destruction. The globalist oligarchs are pursuing destruction, and probably Putin is too. I’m gonna go with Jesus.

        The Ukrainian government is only giving out guns as a last ditch effort (a hail Mary attempt) to stop Russia. The oligarchs running the Ukrainian government don’t believe in ordered liberty, and don’t want an armed citizenry.

        • You just reminded me of when the British ordered everyone to turn in all those guns we sent them. The civilian American owned guns that were asked to be sent to England. To arm up the civilian population in case Hitler did invade the British Isles.

          I’m not so sure the Ukraine is worth saving? Will they confiscate guns after the Russians are forced out?

        • russians have been killing their own for generations. As for who the nazis are? I think this is a squabble between two wings of the same party.

          There are no good guys here.

        • quote—————jwm February 25, 2022 At 18:26
          russians have been killing their own for generations. As for who the nazis are? I think this is a squabble between two wings of the same party.

          There are no good guys here.————quote

          Another Moronic statement from our High School Drop out and it sure shows you flunked World History. The Ukraine has had a large population for decades of Germans and Romanians and also Slavic minorities that if they heard you mouth that idiotic statement calling them Russians would knock your teeth out if you called them Russian.

        • dacian the nazi. I never called the Ukrainians ‘russians’. I said the russians have been killing their own for generations in reply to the statement that the Ukrainians were killing their own before the russian military atrocity.

          As far as I can see this mess is a civil war between two sides of fascism.

          The only uneducated moron around these parts is you.

        • to Jethero

          quote—————- I think this is a squabble between two wings of the same party.————quote

          Your reading comprehension is so low you do not even realize what you posted.

          And by the way I was wrong about them knocking your teeth out I forgot that you Hill people do not go to the dentist so you probably do not have any teeth to knock out.

        • dacian the nazi. You really are on the spectrum, aren’t you. My comment refers to the fact that both russia and the ukraine are run by fascists. You know, your spiritual brothers. This war is a squabble between two wings of the same party.

        • A substantial # of Ukrainians are ethnic Russians that were transported by the mass-murdering Stalin, to resettle Ukraine. After the SOB starved to death MILLIONS of Ukrainians. AND surprise surprise they thsu have no desire to be Putinized.

          So yes, the Uks are the good guys in this war.

        • Bearded Fury, NO. You are full of donkey dust. These so called murders of so called Russians in the Ukraine is pure unadulterated Russian propaganda designed to “justify” the Russian invasions of 2014 and today.

        • dacina, the DUNDERHEAD, It seems you are as gullible as you are stupid. If you believe the Russian propaganda, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn, desert land in Florida and swamp land in New Mexico and Arizona.

          You bring stupid a whole brand new meaning.

      • Ukrainians were Nazi Collaborators in WW2. They started murdering their Jewish citizens as soon as the Soviets fled and before the Germans actually arrived. The citizens of Donetsk and Luhansk have been treated like Third Class Parasites for decades and deserve to be freed.

        • That was 80 years ago, so pretty much anybody who did that is dead. Besides, their current President is Jewish. Back then, choosing between Stalin, who killed or supressed tens of millions of USSR citizens, including Ukranians, and Hitler, whose antisemitism was publicized but the genocide wasn’t, the choice isn’t so clear. They might have thought that Hitler was liberating them from Stalin, and he couldn’t be much worse.

        • For your edification, Tickman, who is apparently a Lefty, that was over 80 yrs ago. The Ukrainians of then are not the Ukrainians of today. Two whole generations later?

          Other than the “word” of your Russian allies, what proof do you have of “citizens of Donetsk and Luhansk have been treated like Third Class Parasites for decades and deserve to be freed.”? Answer, NONE AT ALL. Get your proverbial head out of your arse.

        • You would be very surprised at the type of people who collaborated with Adolf Hitler. Including Jews. And quit a few of them. The History Channel did an entire series about it.

        • Chris T in KY There was a time when the History Channel was a decent source until they went woke and Leftist.

    • darcydodo the forum’s below resident keyboard warrior afred e. newman Gun Control freak of nature will not be telling citizens under siege in Ukraine they are safer in their homes without guns like he preaches to everyone on this forum.

      Obviously both putin and darcy as children were dropped on their heads.

      • I just wish Vladimir Putin had been dropped on his head during childhood.

        But I am sorry to say that Colonel Vladimir Putin, KGB committee for state security, is a cold and psychopathic genius, seemingly without any redeeming features.

        The Ukraine, like most countries, are not a perfect people, but they are a damn sight better than the Putin and the oligarchs who control the Red Army.

        And remind me again, which president was it that moved American troops out of Europe, declared NATO as “obsolete” and did his best to undermine America’s alliance with our longtime allies on the continent.

        • Time for a past due ultimatum…NATO should have been paying their fair share all along. If not then it’s an ongoing burden for US Tax Payers…Does that not concern you?

    • Not particularly. And if anyone thinks their gov now suddenly allowed the people to posses/bear firearms for the people’s sake, then they just haven’t been paying attention. And most will see it that way. Truly a ship of fools, hurtling thru the unknowable vastness of the cosmos.

    • What kind of comment is that?

      It doesn’t matter if Ukraine is the good guy or not. It only matters that Ukraine is the guy besieged by an enemy that’s common to all.

      Maybe Ukraine is not a good guy in context with the moral political understanding on the government level, but its people are innocents needing protection from the enemy at its gates.

      • *yawn*

        So, you’re going to repeat the Democrat talking points? “Russia, Russia, evil Russia!”

        The people of Ukraine may or may not be innocent, but the government of Ukraine certainly are not innocents. Zelensky has made his peace with the Azrov Battalion, which is most definitely neo-Nazi.

  1. Man if I hear another dunderhead utter “peace for 75 years”! Ya think the crushed Hungarian revolution in 1956 or the 1968 Czechoslovakia failed revolt was “peaceful”?!? Or the terror of East Germany or Romania??? Or the evil of Albania? No Ukraine isn’t a free country but I wish them well. Never give up your guns(or nukes!).

      • That “revolution” was Obama’s Illegal CIA-Led Coup that removed a lawfully elected government and directly led to the present violence.
        Electing a Community Organizer to the US Presidency was the stupidest act of the American People.

    • Does anyone believe that the average Ukrainian is a neo Nazi or that Putin actually believes he is freeing the people?
      Could I show video of Charlottesville and declare all of USA neo Nazi?
      This word “Nazi” is becoming meaningless.
      I think most would agree that any place subjected to liberation turns into hell. Hillary’s Arab Spring comes to mind.

      • Azrov Battalion was instrumental in the Ukrainian coup.

        Do you honestly believe that the Ukraine government has no ties to Nazism?

        • Paul the Lefty, I have a red hot news flash for you. The CURENT government of the Ukraine is duly elected.

          Get that Nazi crap out of your sick Leftist head and wake up!

    • “It was the obama-biden administration that installed a nazi-style (socialist) government“

      Please share with us actual evidence of CIA involvement in the 2014 overthrow of the Russian puppet government.

    • Azrov Battalion, you idiot. Look at their insignia, a direct ripoff of the Nazi SS. Neo-Nazis played a large part in the establishment of Ukraine government.

    • dacian the stupid,

      Hurts when intelligent people rub your nose in your (and all your Leftist/fascist “fellow travelers”) collective nose in your own lies and hypocrisy, dunnit, you @$$clown??? You have your head so deep in rectal defilade, you’d need a window in your bellybutton to see daylight, dacian the stupid.

      You are literally too stupid to insult. Go pound sand in your @$$.

  2. Interesting skin color. I learned something new from this part of the world. Tom Ammiano would never approve of his training.

    “Chilling video shows Ukrainian KIDS learning to fire guns as Russian forces mass for invasion”
    video 1 min long

    Chilling video shows Ukrainian KIDS learning to fire guns as Russian forces mass for

    • What you did not think there are Afro-Ukrainians? Not a large population but they do exist.
      Strange to hear Putin referring to the Jewish leader of Ukraine whose own family lost many in the Shoah being a nazi.

      Why would I be surprised that Putin has support among so many of you?
      Pogo was right. We have met the enemy and he is us.

      Speaking of Putin supporters.
      Did you see Tuckers a big star over in Russian now?

      https://twitter.com/ragipsoylu/status/1496555399499157516

      • “the Jewish leader of Ukraine whose own family lost many in the Shoah being a nazi“

        Sadly, many in the American conservative Republican party have lost their way, and are now worshiping Vladimir Putin because they fetishize his immoral exercise of power.

        • C’mon man…Cease trying to seperate your socialist, marxist, communist democRat Party from putin’s dreams of a USSR rebrith. Especially at the expense of others who are not socialist, marxist, communist democRats.

        • MinorIQ,

          Ok, dips***, NAME THEM. Call them out, SPECIFICALLY. Or do you REMAIN the lying, partisan hack you’ve always been. No, the Republican Party is NOT covering themselves in glory with their response to this invasion . . . but their ineptitude PALES in comparison to the sheer idiocy of that Walking Rutabaga you Leftist/fascist @$$clowns pretend occupies the White House.

          Sit the f*** down, and shut the f*** up, Leftist/fascist liar.

      • I knew africans immigrated to many places. I know some are in South Korea. But I didn’t know they where in the Ukraine. That may turn out to have been a very bad choice to settle in. Thanks for the twitter link. I have found RT to be a good news source in the past.

        But I think now they are not neutral on this particular story.

        • Most in S. Korea are because of our military. Same in Vietnam.
          I never tapped any so no JewAsian’s can be blamed on me..
          And in both countries a darker skinned curly haired child has a rough go of it. Probably the same for Black Ukrainians. Those are due to Africans moving to the Soviet Union before its fall.

          You are right it probably is not a good place to be if you are not the same race and or religion as everyone else. Europeans like the western Russians are known for pogroms, history shows that.

      • George Soros was an active Nazi collaborator, and got incredibly rich doing so. Being Jewish doesn’t automagically make you a ‘good guy’.

  3. ” threatening to obliterate a peace that has existed on the European continent for more than 75 years.”

    I’m old enough to remember this thing called the breakup of Yugoslavia, in the 1990s. Tens of thousands of people died and Sarajevo was under siege for a year.

  4. Prior to this russian atrocity Ukraine had barely allowed its people to own arms. You had to be 25 to buy a rifle and handguns were nearly impossible for the average person to get.

    Does this russia/Ukraine situation remind anybody else of europe, 1939? The big difference this time around is the euro trash socialists have spent so much of their money on making their gilded cage more comfortable for their peasants and effectively gutted their militaries. Expecting the US to do their heavy lifting.

    But surprise! biden sits in the oval office and he makes Chamberlin look butch. I will laugh my ass off if russia decides to expand the empire to the English channel.

    • Indeed. Putine is replaying Hitler taking the Rhineland (Crimea) and Sudetenland (Ukraine).

      Maybe now the Eurotrash will rethink their defenses. (Or lack, thereof).

      Ukraine is certainly rethinking the Budapest memorandum.

      I don’t understand why the first tanks to enter weren’t vaporized. Uninvited entry is invasion.

      We also need to watch for China to make bold moves in the south China Sea.

      • “I don’t understand why the first tanks to enter weren’t vaporized. Uninvited entry is invasion.”

        I’ve heard reports 60-80 Russian tanks-armoured vehicles of some sort have been destroyed…

      • I think we do see evidence of Javelin strikes. A T-80 missing it’s turret.
        I was half expecting full surrender but no, they are fighting.
        I don’t think the Air Force lasted long.

    • Who will stop Russia? There is no one with enough conviction and the power to do so now. Another consequence of an election gone wrong.

      • Dacian, name for us the only president to not start a new war in 70 years.

        That’s right: President Trump.

        But as a nazi-warmonger, you can’t tolerate that, can you?

      • darcydodo…You pointing fingers at POTUS DJT is nothing more than a distracting damage control attempt on the behalf of the incompetent and embarrassing Jim Crow Gun Control joe et al.

        Jim Crow Gun Control joe has been telling putin everything he needs to know about what America is doing, plans to do, etc. Jim Crow Gun Control joe’s lips are all over putin’s behind like your lips are all over Jim Crow Gun Control joe’s behind.

      • “Who will stop Russia? There is no one with enough conviction and the power to do so now. Another consequence of an election gone wrong“

        Are you suggesting the American president should order a counterattack on the Russian invasion?

        If not that, what exactly?

        • Minor MINERE49ER Get a grip, you toothless coward. Yes, NATO should support the Ukrainians with a counter attack on those Russian invaders. The invasion is a DIRECT THREAT to NATO nations or are you too damn dense to figure that out?

        • Richard Kudrna, he who is afraid to fight and even die for freedom’s sake, will lose that freedom and deserves to.

      • Isn’t it GREAT to watch and listen to your illustrious leader being forcefully impotent?

        Did you catch the bit about Russia being excluded from football and other sports events? THAT WILL TEACH THEM!!

      • All while you impotently attempt onanism watching the Walking Rutabaga ATTEMPT to give a press conference to highlight his own, and Dimocrat, incompetence and fecklessness. Go back to your circle jerk with MinorIQ and the nameless, brainless troll, @$$clown.

    • “biden sits in the oval office and he makes Chamberlin look butch“

      Are you suggesting President Biden should take military action, perhaps American troops in the Ukraine?

      • MinorIQ,

        If the Walking Rutabaga actually had two remaining functioning brain cells, he would AT A MINIMUM impose crippling sanctions on the Russian petroleum exports, ACTUAL sanctions on their international financial transactions, and PERSONAL sanctions on all members of the Russian government (ALL of whom bank internationally), but Xiao Bai-Din is as much of a toothless p***y as are you.

        Typical Leftist/fascist “Only two options exist!! We must start WW III, or sit around flapping our gums like the d***less cockwobbles that we are!!” is the kind of brainless “thinking” only possible to Leftist/fascist idiots like yourself.

      • Before this Russian invasion I think the entire US military in Europe is around 70,000 personnel. And several hundred combat aircraft.
        We are already there.

    • No European refugees here. They can all go to Cuba. They are socialists. They can all go to another socialist country.

    • it’s like being in the Ministry of Truth. Not a good look for a site espousing Freedom and Liberty. And you are correct, the Russia/Ukraine situation parallels the beginning of WW2 very closely.

      • There is an unpublished internet rule that women must always be moderated. Surely you were aware of that?

      • Sit the f*** down, and shut the f*** up, nameless, brainless troll. If I want s*** from you, I’ll squeeze your head like the pimple that it is.

        • Hey Lamp: you’re really getting belligerent. Please don’t take it out on your soon to be ex wife 🖕🤡.

        • I’m not belligerent, troll, I just don’t suffer fools gladly – and you are the biggest fool on this forum. Kindly sit the eff down and shut the eff up. Or, the whole “pop the pimple on top of the brainless troll’s shoulders” thing works for me, too.

    • I don’t get it. I’ve called a guy here with the initials Dacian every kind of cocksucker without moderation.

      I guess we’ll see this time though.

      • Three reasons, Klaus,

        1. You are apparently benefitting from the secret “Klaus” exemption;
        2. “cocksucker” is apparently not a “moderated” word (further evidence of the dips***tery that is the TTAG “moderation policy”);
        3. You may be aware of the old principle of slander/libel law, that “truth is a complete defense”? Calling dacian the stupid a cocksucker is just stating an obvious fact.

        Besides, the nameless, brainless troll, and MajorStupidity both pay him handsomely for his services.

        • Lol. And this wife beating half wit claims to be an attorney 🤣🤣🤣! I cannot stress enough what Geoff the Bootlicker-level joke and coward Lamp is!

        • Apparently, my ability to actually create semi-original and somewhat rational insults completely befuddles you, nameless, as you are completely unable to come up with any even mildly creative response. You’re really not very good at this, nameless. Consider taking up panhandling; it suits you better.