Joe Biden gun plan conflicts with Ukraine being armed, sparks debate

Conservatives reacted angrily to President Joe Biden’s speech on gun violence on Thursday, with some comparing the president’s push for stricter gun laws to the administration’s efforts to arm Ukraine.

Biden urged the White House to ban assault weapons in his televised speech, but he also acknowledged that this was unlikely in the current political climate and said that if “we cannot ban assault weapons, as That we should, then we should at least raise the age to be able to buy one until 21.”

The president was speaking after the shooting of an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 children and two teachers.

Some conservative commentators compared Biden’s comments to the fact that his administration is providing significant military aid to Ukraine, which is resisting Russian aggression. To the contrary a fierce online debate broke out as others pushed back on suggestions that Biden was behaving hypocritically.

Conservative commentator Katie Pavlich tweeted: “It’s amazing the President of the United States calls for Americans to ban semi-automatic rifles while supplying them endlessly to civilians in Ukraine.”

The US has provided the Ukrainian Armed Forces with semi-automatic weapons, including thousands of AR-15 style rifles. Other conservatives made similar comments to Pavlich.

Conservative writer Ann Coulter tweeted, referring to the Ukrainian president, “I will accept private ownership of firearms for what we owe Zelensky.”

Tim Young, a columnist Washington Times, Wrote: “Biden arms Ukraine because he sees them as allies. Biden wants to disarm Americans because he believes they are enemies.”

Newsmax host Benny Johnson tweeted: “Democrats: Arm Ukraine. Disarm the Americans.”

The comparison to Biden’s desire for more gun control measures to arm Ukraine became a popular point among conservatives, meeting it with significant criticism from other social media users.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson responded to Pavlich’s initial tweet, saying: “Surprisingly no one will recognize the difference between military use and civilian use.”

Several other Twitter users responded to Pavlich by pointing to the Ukraine war. Friday marks the 100th day that Russia invaded the country in what it calls a “special military operation”.

“Yeah….it’s so unbelievable that weapons of war will be sent to war…” said Twitter user Nick Carmody.

Twitter user Monty Boa responded to Pavlich and made a distinction between the use of weapons by civilians and that of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

“If by ‘citizens in Ukraine’ you mean the ‘Ukrainian Armed Forces’ who strictly control their use by trained volunteers, this is not surprising at all,” he said. “That first rookie mistake was bound to mess up the rest of your thinking. If we may call it that.”

Another Twitter user, John, summed up his thoughts: “Ukraine is in the midst of a war. Firearms are needed more in war than in a school.”

However, before Biden’s speech there was an ongoing debate about gun control and Ukraine. Former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFall clashed with journalist Michael Tracy on Thursday after Tracy posted a lengthy thread criticizing McFall, who called on AR-15 manufacturers to “shut down” and call on Americans to put up a nonviolent resistance to the issue. campaign was suggested.

“It would be nice to see McFall ‘opposing’ the companies that manufacture AR-15 components for the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” Tracy wrote.

McFall responded: “Such a ridiculous argument. The guns sent to Ukraine are used to stop an imperial invasion, not kill innocent children. Please stop.”

Biden recently approved a new aid package of about $ 40 billion for Ukraine. The administration said this week it would deliver the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) to Ukraine.

Ukrainian soldiers practice shooting during a field military training on May 20, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Some conservatives have expressed a desire for the US to impose more gun embargoes to arm Ukraine, contrary to President Biden’s wish.
Oleksiy Samsonov / Global Images Ukraine / Getty Images

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