The geopolitical propaganda that is spreading about Ukraine is hard for the U.S.-based observer to decipher, so we will not try to unravel the details. But by some estimates, snipers from the now-deposed Ukraine government shot between 70 and 100 protesters in the streets. And further upheaval seems guaranteed, whether as a civil war or by invasion.
As the result of the conflicts, one group is advocating a uniquely American value to protect themselves: the right to bear arms.
The Ukrainian Gun Owners Association put out the following press release, calling for a right-to-bear-arms amendment to the Ukrainian Constitution (reproduced verbatim):“Today every citizen of Ukraine understands why our country has hundreds of thousands of policemen. Last illusions were crushed when riot police used rubber batons and boots at the Independence Square on peaceful citizens. After such actions, we realize that it is not enough to only adopt the Gun Law. As of today, Ukrainian Gun Owners Association will start to work on the preparation of amendments to the Constitution, which will provide an unconditional right for Ukrainian citizens to bear arms. People should have the right to bear arms, which will be put in writing into the Constitution. Authorities should not and will not be stronger than its people! Armed people are treated with respect!”
In your view, do Ukrainian citizens deserve the right to protect themselves from an oppressive government, either foreign or domestic?
Do you agree with the sentiment, “Authorities should not and will not be stronger than its people!”
And, are “Armed people treated with respect!”
Would Vladimir Putin’s strategy about invading Ukraine be different if about 40 percent of its population were armed?
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