Who the hell cares about the doin’s in a totally unsalvageable, Neolithic shithole when we have our very own Taliban right here at home to be dealt with?
The situation for Afghan civilians continues to devolve. Now, Taliban operatives have begun confiscating people’s personal weapons, promising that they “can now feel safe” and that they no longer need firearms.
The terrorist group declared victory on Sunday as they took over the presidential palace and re-established the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. In a Twitter video, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar celebrated the organization’s triumph. He said:
We have achieved an unexpected victory. Now is the time to test, to show how we serve our people and ensure their future in the best possible way.
A spokesman for the Taliban stated that its jihadis have been seizing firearms in Kabul. He acknowledged that while the organization understands “people kept weapons for personal safety,” they “are not here to harm innocent civilians.”
No, no, of course not. Why, what reasonable, intelligent person could possibly even imagine that you might be? Herschel provides the always-pertinent reminder:
ISIS did it too.
“ISIS was telling everyone, ‘We’re all brothers,’” Abu Malik said. “They let people smoke and drink. At the checkpoints, they distributed presents to the kids. They ate with people, drank tea with people. They were very nice—they didn’t bother anyone. Then, a week or so after they arrived, they started confiscating weapons. They told us it didn’t matter if we’d been with the Awakening or the Army or the police—if we gave up our weapons, we’d be forgiven. Ten days later, they started taking people. Everything changed. They took my cousin. My brothers dug holes in the fields and hid. I was at my house when they came for me. It was afternoon. I saw two Hyundai Santa Fes pull up outside, and I ran out the back and jumped over the wall. That was the last time I saw my family.”
Guns were confiscated prior to the Armenian genocide in Turkey, prior to the Nazi reign in Germany, prior to Idi Amin’s reign of terror in Uganda, and on the list could go.
And to repeat, gun control is never about confiscation of all guns, the usual rejoinder to these instances by the left. In fact, claiming so undermines the main point.
Gun control is always about leaving them in the hands of state-sanctioned actors and outlawing gun ownership by those not approved by the state.
Yup, that’s about the size of it. The one way, the ONLY way, you should ever allow a tyrant to get his hands on your gun is bullets first. Always remember that lesson, lest forgetfulness cost you absolutely everything.