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In Ukraine, a Call for a ‘2nd Amendment’

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?

Let us hear from you in the comments section below.

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Comments (35)

  1. Admiral Yamamoto, who had spent a considerable amount of time in America before WWII, said he “would never invade the United States. There would be a gun behind every blade of grass.” If Ukrainians were armed, Putin would think likewise.

    1. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independant 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two?

      The leading paragraph to the quote above. In reference to Jefferson’s letter to Abigail Adams while US Minister Plenipotentiary to France in recognition of receiving the constitution before the states ratification. (a.k.a the Bill of Rights.) This would be before he was the 1st Sec. of State.

  2. From Kiev, [Russia (the Rus)], grew an Empire…Why wouldn’t the Eastern Ukraine choose their Nationhood?

    At the same time, (since the Western Ukraine has little or nothing to do with Russian ancient History), why would they choose Eastern culture?

    Peter the Great craved for, and fought for, the Crimea, AND Eastern Ukraine…(warm water port)…BUT!

    Khrushchev decided to give the Ukraine (the heart & soul of EVERY ONE OF THE Russian Revolutions, throughout the millennia!), back to the people of the Ukraine…Now, Putin simply wants it back… AND…AS IS BEING DEMONSTRATED…the people want Russian Citizenship back…who has the right to refuse them????

    The people ( — the “Rus” — who later became the Ukrainians), BEGAN their culture & ethnic civilization in the 300 & 400’s A.D., in Kiev!

    We’re talking about a people who’s CULTURE & ETHNIC BASE is over 2000 years old!?! Why wouldn’t they want to be a part of the Nation their ancestors established!?!?!?

  3. The Basic Right to Bear Arms is the only way the people of any Country can defend themselves from any (Domestic) or Foreign enemy that want to take control of a Country from Free People in Their Country and any other Country. The People have the right to Fight Back to regain their Countries Freedom For Their People of That Country or any other.

  4. Every responsible sane person everywhere should have the right to protect themselves and their freedom from oppressive over zealous greedy elitist over taxing Godless thieves. Slavery sucks…!!!

  5. The God Given right to protect your self is not just for us in the USA, it should be for all of mankind. That is why Tyrants around the world fear this simple and most basic Right.

  6. My, My. What a novel idea: the right to keep and bear arms! Who would have ever thought?

    My best wishes go to the Ukrainians, and I wish them luck.

  7. if ukraine’s citizens were as well armed as America, Putin would avoid invding ukraine like the plague, or like how Hitler avoided Switzerland.

  8. They absolutely should have the right to bear arms. Freedom requires the need/right to defend your freedom.

    1. I strongly believe in the 2nd amendment, it’s the only sure way to protect yourself and your family from psychopaths and possible dictatorial governments, so yes I believe the Ukrainians deserve the right to bear arms as well.

  9. I believe the people (citizens everywhere) have the right to bear arms (not just hunting rifles or shotguns) to secure their inalienable rights.

  10. while the Ukrainian people are getting their Constitutional amendment into place, they should be arming themselves already. there is a huge stockpile of M-1 Garands and ammo in the South Korea armories . distribute these to the farmers of the Ukraine. the farmers at Concord and Lexington didn’t have a 2nd Amendment, they had guns.

  11. Mike you don’t have any idia what are you talking about. You think that what you see in tv is real??? You are wrong!
    And better think first, befor you trying to tell something.

  12. I believe that citizens of any country deserve the right to protect themselves from any threat (including government or other individuals).

    I believe the statement “Authorities should not and will not be stronger than its people!” is not entirely correct. Authorities by definition have authority which grants them certain power over certain individuals. I believe authorities if democratically elected or appointed should have resources to fulfil their constitutional duty. In the case of law enforcement, authorities should be sufficiently strong to defend law abiding citizens from unlawful acts by individuals, groups or other entities. Authorities should never have legal right, power or ability to oppress, harass or control the masses. In a nutshell the populace has the ultimate authority over all matters within the state, made effective by laws and enforced by democratically elected officials.

    “Armed people treated with respect!” statement is rubbish in my opinion. Whether or not a person is armed has nothing to do with being respected. In the context of the Ukrainian revolution, this statement obviously means the armed populace, which is correct, however, in the general sense, respect, in my opinion, should not originate from force.

    Putin’s “strategy about invading Ukraine” is pure speculation at this point. If the Crimean population was to be armed, then the presence of the soldiers would not be necessary – people would be able to provide security themselves.

  13. I am in solidarity with the Ukrainian people! A 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms should be universal for any free Nation. The mainland of America was not attacked by Japan in WWII because they knew behind every tree, bush and stump was a loaded weapons and the user knew how to fire it. But, before we go preaching all over the world about gun ownership rights, we need to clean our own front porch first. Clean sweep!

  14. Good for them. Sometimes the only way a society learns and appreciates freedom is for really bad things to occur. I wish that wasn’t so, but that is typically the case.

    If they can change their government for the better, good for them. Changing a government isn’t the hardest part though, even if it requires blood. The hard part will be to keep that government responsible to the PEOPLE and for those in power to be held accountable.

    They can add whatever amendments to their constitution they want, but if those words on paper are ignored, it won’t matter.

    In the Soviet Union, they too had a constitution under the communists, but the freedoms listed under it were routinely ignored by the lunatics running government.

    Good luck to the pro-freedom Ukrainians! I sincerely hope they get their freedom (and keep it for a long time) and for it to serve as an aspiration for everyone, including those in the US!

  15. Absolutely they should! Countries with free citizens don’t usually attack their neighbors and tyrants have a hard time controlling an armed populace. Even Yamamoto said he would never attack the US mainland on the ground due to a rifle behind every rock or blade of grass (paraphrasing).

  16. It goes without saying that the 2nd Amendment should go world wide – but countries with Constitutions, are probably still in the minority.

  17. I believe they should have the right 110%. It’s good to see that they realize this. Hopefully more people look at what’s happening over there and demand the same right we have and appreciate it.

  18. On the other hand, how about we load a C-5 with enough AK-47’s and 7.62 and surplus M-4’s and 5.56 to arm every Ukrainian with at least one and perhaps 100 rounds? We might also throw in 30-40 Stingers and perhaps a few M-1 Abrams if there is enough room or another C-5 to spare, aye?… Fly them into Kiev at night then spread the word for first come, first served…. I’m sure that the Ukrainian Army could figure out what to do with the Stingers and the Abrams… 🙂

  19. The Russians would NEVER allow it… Imagine what would happen to the Communist Dictatorship if Russians were allowed to bear arms… It would be over within weeks!… Bye, bye Vlad!… 🙂

  20. “When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.”

    ― Thomas Jefferson

  21. “One man with a gun can control 100 without one.” – Vladmir Lenin
    I believe this is a quite Putin is quite familiar with. His invasion techniques and boldness would not be so if the Ukranians were armed.

  22. Eastern Europeans know the need for the right to bear arms more than anyone. I hope they get it, the EU will probably throw everything against it though as they are living in a fantasy thinking modern ‘liberal’ governments will never be oppressive.

  23. I believe it is every ones right to protect themselves from tyranny. A well armed citizenry is the best defense against invasion and oppressive governments.

  24. Are this people mad? Did we forgot already what happened in Yugoslavia, where neighbors and good friend started shooting each other over a different opinion?

  25. I also agree with Gene. Every LAW abiding citizen, regardless of nationality should have this right. Law enforcement protects you from criminals, who protects us from government? We do. Does anyone honestly think that the situation in the Ukraine would have went the way it did if it was a level playing field? If these Ukrainian patriots had the opportunity to shoot back? The Russian storm troopers basically had a day at the firing range. They had no fear of retaliation which in my opinion is their reason for firing on them in the first place. Had they been armed, it would probably went a hell of a different.

    People should not fear their government. Their government should fear them.

  26. I believe that ALL law abiding people should have the right to keep and bare arms, regardless of the country in which they live.

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