International diplomacy and geopolitics are out of my lane. However, what’s happening now in Afghanistan has multiple parallels for armed citizens in America, and that is in my lane.
Do not eat the yellow snow, do not give weapons to your enemies … these are basic laws of life. Here are some of the weapons the current situation has given to our nation’s enemies.
One of the first things the Taliban did was announce confiscation of privately owned weapons, because of course, the Taliban is here to protect you now. The same Taliban which, according to reports, is already rounding up and murdering anyone who cooperated with the Americans and allied forces.
Meanwhile, the same US administration that allowed this to happen there still wants to eliminate Americans’ private ownership of AR15s, pistols that can hold more than ten cartridges, etc. If anyone needed a timely lesson of why our nation’s Founders created the Second Amendment, this should serve.
Let’s translate macrocosm to microcosm for a minute. Suppose someone you loved was being threatened by a homicidal stalker, and you had gone to their house to protect them for a while, given that a nation of 328 million people and only about 800,000 cops can’t assign police bodyguards to individual potential victims 24/7. If you had to depart from that protective mission, would you broadcast to the world – including the homicidal stalker – that you were leaving, and when? I think not.
One reason those of us who work in the self-defense and personal protection arenas oppose waiting periods and elimination of the right to lend guns to good people in fast-breaking emergencies is that it makes it somewhere between difficult and impossible for us to arm good people who are suddenly put at risk of being murdered. If we make the decision to arm them, we do so only after we have determined that they can really use the gun for self-defense when in mortal danger, because if they can’t, it will likely be taken from them by the murderer and used to kill them, their loved ones, and perhaps others. If we don’t think they can handle that, we don’t arm them because in those circumstances, the gun would cause them more danger than it could protect them from. It is hard to believe that our military and intelligence resources couldn’t determine that the Afghans would immediately surrender to the Taliban.
There are many lessons here…