Multiple aspects of the Biden administration’s handling of a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan have troubled onlookers in the U.S. and around the world.
One central issue is the rapid rise of the Taliban, which has reportedly begun confiscating weapons from civilians across that war-torn nation.
“We are not here to harm innocent civilians”
Gun-rights advocates have long asserted that authoritarian regimes must first disarm citizens before they impose tyrannical rule — and that appears to be taking place on a massive scale in Afghanistan.
Taliban insurgents launched a coup over the past days and weeks, resulting in the overthrow of Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul over the weekend.
In the absence of duly elected leaders, many of whom fled the country or disappeared into hiding, the Taliban has proclaimed victory and immediately set about reimposing its strict rules over the Afghan people.
According to one Reuters report, that includes collecting privately owned weapons from civilians in and around Kabul, ostensibly because such firearms are no longer necessary under the secure rule of the Taliban.
In a media statement, one unnamed Taliban official declared: “We understand people kept weapons for personal safety. They can now feel safe. We are not here to harm innocent civilians.”
“Cannot be opposed by irregulars with small arms”
Reuters cited one Kabul resident who claimed that Taliban militants entered his compound in search of weapons. Breitbart noted that a local media outlet reported a similar visit during which weapons were collected on the assurance that the Taliban would not be responsible for providing security.
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Of course, many Americans are increasingly concerned that the Biden administration and progressive Democrats wish to implement similar gun control measures here at home.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, for example, reported that the president’s push to disarm American citizens seems to include excuses similar to those being used by the Taliban, i.e., there is no need for private gun ownership since the ruling regime will keep everyone safe.
For his part, Ars Technica founder Jon Stokes observed: “Any time anyone, anywhere suggests that Americans surrender their AR-15s because the US military is so all-powerful that it cannot be opposed by irregulars with small arms, Kabul will be invoked to counter that suggestion. And as well it should.”