Biden’s Actions in Afghanistan Affirm Commitment to Gun Control

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Reports have emerged that the Biden Administration has ordered federal agencies to delete online information on assets lost in Afghanistan IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- As the Taliban celebrates the withdrawal of U.S. forces by parading their American-sourced tactical vehicles, aircraft, guns, and other weapons, reports have emerged that the Biden Administration has ordered federal agencies to delete online information respecting the cost of this military equipment and related spending in Afghanistan while proclaiming its support for more gun control.

A Forbes article states that by August 23, at least “two key reports on the U.S. war chest of military gear in Afghanistan … had disappeared from federal websites,” including a Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of U.S.- funded equipment for Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (GAO-17-667R, Aug. 2017).

A week later, Forbes reported that the U.S. State Department admitted the documents had been removed and had instructed other federal agencies to “review their web properties” for similar content and “remove [it] from public view.” The reason given was the need to ensure the “safety of our Afghan contacts” by deleting information that poses “a security risk.” A GAO spokesperson contacted by Forbes confirmed that “the State Department requested we temporarily remove and review reports on Afghanistan to protect recipients of US assistance that may be identified through our reports and thus subject to retribution.”

In the circumstances, this is a less than convincing justification. The deleted GAO Report, for one, lacks any personally identifiable information about members of the Afghan defense and security forces or other partners. Moreover (as pointed out in the Forbes article), the Biden Administration itself would have directly jeopardized such individuals already, when government officials allegedly provided the Taliban with the names of Afghan allies during the evacuation of Kabul.

A group of U.S. Senators is now demanding that the administration provide a full accounting regarding the U.S. military equipment left behind “as a result of our poorly executed withdrawal from the country,” questioning why such assets weren’t adequately secured prior to announcing the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

A cynic may be excused for believing that the Biden Administration is acting out of concern about the political blowback once the details of the unprecedented extent of state-of-the-art weaponry, paid for by American taxpayers and currently in the hands of the brutal Taliban, become more widely known.

One early casualty of Biden’s fast and furious exit from Afghanistan is the complete loss of credibility on gun control the President and his administration have as a result.

For decades, Joe Biden has pushed for strict gun control, hectoring Americans about the evils of guns in general and “assault weapons” in particular, yet a conservative estimate indicates that the weaponry left behind includes well over half a million rifles, handguns, shotguns and machine guns, together with an undisclosed amount of ammunition (the GAO report did not account for small arms ammunition and other ammunition was included with the billions spent in general “sustainment” expenditures).

As NRA-ILA noted earlier, Biden’s “bungling of [the withdrawal] ensured that not just firearms but some of America’s more sophisticated military technology is now available to terrorists and other enemies who are and will continue to use them against Americans, American interests, and American allies.”

Even more jarringly, NRA witnessed – just a day after the August 30 pullout – a State Department official speaking at the Seventh Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (“Promoting responsibility in international transfers of conventional arms”) to “underscore the continuing commitment” of the administration “to responsible international trade in conventional arms” and affirm its steadfast support for “strong and effective national controls on the international transfer of conventional arms.”

By now, Americans don’t believe in Biden’s policies or buy into his gun control agenda. A poll released at the beginning of this month shows that only 15% of U.S. voters polled “strongly approve” of President Biden’s handling of “gun policy,” compared to 35% who “strongly disapprove,” and over 60% thought the country had “gotten off on the wrong track.”


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MarkE
MarkE (@glock45_9mm)
2 months ago

Biden is dangerous in this legacy building – there were reports he brought in historians early on to give him insights on how various decisions he might make would impact his resulting “legacy”. He wants to be the President who got us out of Afghanistan, the President who tackled the climate crisis, the President who presided over racial reckoning, the President who instituted societal “equity”. His intransience is not a strength, but a weakness that dangerously skews his decisions – he is a grumpy old man with a “get off my lawn” attitude where the end truly does justify the… Read more »

TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
2 months ago

Am I crazy, or does this information do the exact opposite of the title says?

This confirms it’s not about gun control, as in “keeping dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands”. It’s about power, as in denying your serfs, sorry citizens, access to things that might empower them. Censorship does the same thing, and recently we’ve seen that used more than a little, haven’t we?

Boz
Boz (@boz)
2 months ago
Reply to  TexDad

That’s the way it has been for decades. The title of Dem acts/bills is always the exact opposite of what it’s really about. Was the so-called “Affordable Care Act” affordable??? HeII no! And it wasn’t meant to be. Just as so-called “gun control” is NEVER reaIIy about reducing crime, keeping guns out of the hands of criminals or “for the children”. Those are just IiberaI buzz words.

PAF145
PAF145 (@paf-145)
2 months ago

Biden and his supporters hate America and are willing to sell us to our enemies

macdog
macdog (@macdog)
2 months ago
Reply to  PAF145

PAF I believe biden and his puppet master osama obama already have. The chinese, taliban/al-qaeda, and on our southern border, the cartel, your future leaders if treasonous joe can help. . Opened the doors and gave them weapons.

Bozz
Bozz (@bozz48)
2 months ago

And now Biden wants to join an international treaty on gun control, AFTER, he has given terrorists all the weapons they need.

jukk0u
jukk0u (@jukk0u)
2 months ago

Well, at least they’ve finally abandoned the facade of transparency.

JMacZ
JMacZ (@jmacz)
2 months ago

How long before this US weaponry finds its way across our southern border to foment mayhem here. And all courtesy of the Biden admin…

jukk0u
jukk0u (@jukk0u)
2 months ago
Reply to  JMacZ

I think it more damaging that this stuff will end up in China to be reverse engineered. (then cheap Chinese clones will flood across the southern border)

JMacZ
JMacZ (@jmacz)
2 months ago

Traitor Joe’s Gun Mart: “Why Shoot That Cheap Russian Stuff?”

Darkman
Darkman (@darkman)
2 months ago

Not in Afghanistan,,,He gives them away for free.