A lot of people are upset over the trade that led to the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner from a Russian prison. There’s a lot to unpack on the deal, of course, but folks have opinions going in every direction. Many of them are critical of the Biden administration while others are praising it.
As per usual, really.
Yet the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms brings up a valid point about the trade.
“Joe Biden’s world-class hypocrisy is on full display, and it has taken a dangerous turn, in his trade of a notorious Russian arms dealer for Brittany Griner,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.
Biden’s swap of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout—known as the “Merchant of Death”—for Griner this week has brought expressions of outrage and astonishment. The jailed basketball gold medalist is one of two Americans who have been held by the Russians. The other is Paul Whelan, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who was imprisoned four years ago on espionage charges, and remains in Russian custody.
“It is simply mind-boggling that Joe Biden could release the world’s most dangerous arms trafficker while at the same time continuing his crusade to disarm American citizens,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “The hypocrisy is staggering.”
Following the midterm elections, which will result in a Republican takeover of the U.S. House in January, Biden re-energized his call for a ban on semiautomatic firearms. He hopes to rush through legislation before Republicans take control, which will doom his anti-gun agenda, Gottlieb said.
“Joe Biden has spent his 50-year political career trying to disarm American citizens by eroding the Second Amendment,” Gottlieb stated. “Yet, to appease his far-left base, he just traded a true international super-villain for a basketball player who was prosecuted for having a controlled substance in her luggage. While it’s nice a U.S. citizen is free, the consequences of this trade could be horrendous.
“From this moment forward,” he continued, “the president has surrendered any semblance of credibility on the subject of guns, crime and gun control, so he can pack his sanctimony away and just drop the charade. Joe Biden is willing to sacrifice global public safety for political points. “Biden is fine with arming the enemies of freedom while disarming the people who fight for firearms freedom,” Gottlieb said. “He should be impeached for violating our constitutional Second Amendment rights.”
I mean, Gottlieb makes an interesting point.
While Biden is continuously trying to disarm the American people–law-abiding Americans who have no intention of hurting anyone–the president also managed to put a notorious arms dealer back out on the streets.
This is the guy who was the basis for the movie Lord of War with Nicholas Cage. He’s not a good guy.
More than that, he’s nothing like our law-abiding gun dealers here in the United States. While the ATF is doing everything it can to kill gun stores, Biden has released a weapons dealer who has never conducted a background check in his life.
Regardless of where you stand on the trade that got Griner released, we should all agree that our world isn’t any better with Viktor Bout walking around free.
For Biden to do so knowing just how many bad actors Bout will likely arm going forward only to turn around and attack law-abiding Americans for wanting to own guns is extremely hypocritical.
Then again, it’s unlikely Biden will understand any of this by tomorrow anyway.