What The Ukraine/Russia Standoff Can Teach Us About The Second Amendment

Written by Wes Walker on December 10, 2021

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Logic that is true at the national level also holds true at the personal level… including that of the Second Amendment.

The tension on the Ukranian/Russian border is escalating, with all indicators pointing to a Russian incursion or invasion in the near future.

And what has our Joe Biden said about Russia’s recent advances?

U.S. President Joe Biden warned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a video call Tuesday that the West would respond with bruising economic sanctions that would inflict acute pain on Moscow if it invades Ukraine. At the same time, Biden made it clear Wednesday that U.S. troops wouldn’t be sent to Ukraine to confront the Russians, and announced future talks between the U.S., its top NATO allies and Russia to address some of Moscow’s security concerns. –SFGate

This is the SECOND Democrat president to sit back and watch as Putin carves up part of Ukraine for his own purposes as if the Holodomor wasn’t reason enough for Russia to forever hang its head in shame and never again attempt to annex them. And then Mark Levin mentioned something that I hadn’t thought about since Impeachment 1.0.

Here’s an NPR excerpt explaining what happened after the dissolution of the USSR, when breakaway Ukraine inherited a nuclear payload that instantly turned them into one of the world’s foremost nuclear powers.

When the Soviet Union collapsed, Ukraine had on its territory the world’s third largest nuclear arsenal. It was bigger than Britain, France and China combined. And the Ukrainians were prepared to eliminate that arsenal to transfer the warheads to Russia for their dismantlement, but the Ukrainians asked for certain things. And one was security assurances that the United States and Russia would pay attention and respect Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, that there would be no use of force or threat of force against Ukraine.

And the 1994 Budapest Memorandum of Security Assurances was the document that reflects those commitments by the United States. And Russia also joined by Great Britain to extend to Ukraine those assurances, including respect for its territorial integrity.

…Well, I think it’s very clear that Russia is in violation of its commitments, not only to the Budapest Memorandum, but also commitments that it’s made as a member of the United Nations and also as a member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. What you see happening over the last week in Crimea is nothing less than a Russian military occupation of the peninsula.– NPR

Ukraine chose to take them at their word and denuclearize under the Clinton administration. Under Obama and now Biden, Russia has broken those promises, a threat so ‘serious’ that an interruption to Ukraine buying anti-tank missiles was the chief pretext of the ‘quid-pro-quo’ claims in the ‘perfect phone call’ that drove impeachment 1.0.

They weren’t the only country that became vulnerable after de-nuclearizing. Remember Libya’s Ghadaffi? He de-nuclearized in 2003. And what happened to him?

Right. That didn’t end so well for him.

The common denominator? Deterrence.

When Ukraine agreed to disarm, they made a conscious choice to reduce their own military potency in exchange for a promise that others would safeguard their national integrity.

But just 20 years later, Ukraine learned that old maxim that ‘a promise is a comfort to a fool’. Those ‘others’ could not be depended upon. What was the solution offered to prevent Russia from advancing further? Arms — specifically, anti-tank missiles.

Nuclear deterrence and mutually-assured-destruction kept the Cold War from going hot for decades. But neither Ukraine, nor any Western nation had any way to stop Russia from taking what it wanted, and this time they clearly don’t have the will to stop them. Biden just said he won’t show up to keep Putin from marching on their capital.

If Ukraine had it to do again, they’d probably think twice about relinquishing those weapons. And now? It’s too late.

How does this relate to the Second Amendment? What’s true of nations is also true of people. When you’re facing a threat, sometimes help isn’t coming.

Just ask anyone in the aftermath of a hurricane or the people in Austin who learned that cops will only show up under certain conditions. And sometimes, things break bad so quickly that the best the police can do is be ‘en route’ to your location when you need them most.

In that situation, the threat of force will be what separates victims from people or nations able to rock their attackers back on their heels.

Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.

Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.

This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.