Hi everyone, welcome back to Fiscal Friday. This is Bess Byers with A Generation Empowered. Within hours of Sunday’s horrific terrorist attack in Orlando, President Obama lamented how easy it is for people to get their hands on such a weapon and “decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be.” Which begs the question… If guns are so bad, why do we spend billions a year to arm opposition groups around the world?
Perhaps Obama’s most famous scandal is Fast and Furious. In 2009, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) allowed over 1,600 guns purchased by drug-cartels to “walk” across the U.S./Mexico border. Agents then planned to track the guns through the cartel’s ranks. With government, things don’t go as planned. The ATF lost track of the weapons.
In December 2010, a gun from operation Fast and Furious would kill border patrol agent Brian Terry during a shootout.
By summer 2012, at the time of Holder’s contempt vote, an estimated 300 Mexicans had been killed or wounded by Fast and Furious firearms. Weapons even made their way north. In May 2015, Nadir Soofi, one of the terrorists who attempted to shootup the “draw Muhammad” contest in Texas, owned a weapon acquired through Fast and Furious.
Is this hitting too close to home? Let’s jump overseas.
The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act included $500 million to train and equip moderate rebels with weapons, ammunition and supplies. The 2016 version included $612 billion to bankroll wars. Politicians earmarked $600 million to support “allegedly vetted” Syrian rebels, $531 million for the Syria Train and Equip program and $715 million for a similar program in Iraq. Last October, Christine Wormuth, a Pentagon civilian official, admitted the program fell short and cost nearly $10 million per trained fighter.
So while the media distracted you with another mass shooting, the Senate on Tuesday passed the 2017 NDAA, which includes $543 billion in base defense spending, $56.8 billion for a special war account AND requires women to register for the draft.
Other countries that receive weapons with your tax dollars?
In 2015, Israel received $10.2 million in military aid per day. This accounted for 53% of total US foreign military financing.
In 2016 Ukraine received $300 million to prop up the government in Kiev and lawmakers allocated no less than $50 million for “lethal assistance such as grenade launchers, small arms and ammunition.”
The Ugandan regime currently receives $700 million in arms and training, despite its repeated human rights violations.
While the left loves to blame the gun industry, they should blame the government. The U.S. is responsible for 33% of worldwide arms exports — the top exporter in the world. The State Department’s 2017 budget request includes $5.7 billion for foreign military financing. This includes $3.1B for Israel, $1.3B for Egypt, $350M for Jordan, $265M for Pakistan and $150M for Iraq.
Our tax dollars are used to arm and train rebels is proxy wars to prevent U.S. troops on the ground.
So while Obama hides behind his teleprompter and calls Orlando the “deadliest shooting in American history” maybe he doesn’t know about the Wounded Knee massacre of 1890, when American soldiers shot and killed at least 150 Sioux indians. Or what about Waco where the government shot and firebombed 76 cult members, including 17 children? But genocide could never happen today, right? Tell that to the 20 million Chinese, 20 million Anti-Stalinists, 6 million Jews, 1.5 million Armenians, 1 million Cambodians, 300,000 Ugandan Christians or 100,000 Mayan Indians murdered by their own governments within the last century.
Our government is $19 trillion in debt, allows warrantless spying on citizens through the NSA, desensitizes us to unlawful search and seizure through the TSA and taps trust funds like Social Security to fund endless wars. Distrust of politicians is all-time high and our best options for 2016 are Clinton versus Trump, but you trust the government to implement gun control?
The U.S. arms foreigners to overthrow their treasonous governments, so why should Americans be denied the same weapons that could be used to overthrow ours?
Remember, armed Americans are citizens, unarmed americans are subjects. This is Bess Byers, signing off, and remember, it’s your generation and you’re empowered!