Fox News’ Tucker Carlson took aim at President Joe Biden in a show segment on Monday after the disastrous and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, ripping him and Democrats for pushing gun control mandates on Americans after abandoning hundreds of thousands of U.S. military firearms to the Taliban.
“So on its way out of Afghanistan, the Biden administration left behind an awful lot of Americans but also nearly $90 billion in military equipment. How much is that?” Carlson began. “Well, only two countries on the planet have a military budget larger, China and the United States. So, the Taliban now have the best-equipped military of its size in the history of the world.”
The host went on to describe the weaponry, which wasn’t left behind for the Taliban, per se, but rather had been supplied by the U.S. to the Afghan National Army and security forces, who abandoned their posts and weapons as Taliban fighters advanced to retake the country.
“What do they have? Well, according to a tally by The Times of London, the Taliban just received more than 22,000 Humvees, more than 50,000 trucks, and other armored vehicles, as well as a sizable Air Force,” Carlson said. “It comes with four C-130 transport planes, dozens of other fixed-wing aircraft, and up to 350 combat helicopters. The Taliban now has more Blackhawks than many developed nations, and those are just the vehicles.”
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“Taliban soldiers also got more than 350,000 American rifles, 126,000 handguns, and approximately 64,000 heavy machine guns. It’s quite an arsenal. It’s all at your expense,” said the host.
Carlson then said that while the Taliban had been armed with so many U.S. weapons, the Biden administration and majority Democrats in Congress were working to disarm more American citizens.
“It’s a disaster, obviously, but it also makes for a striking contrast with what is happening in this country. At the very moment the White House is arming our new friends, the Taliban, they are working hard to disarm you,” he said, noting that much of what is taking place is happening behind the scenes.
“Whether or not it makes the news, it is happening. The administration just announced quietly. It is banning some of the most commonly purchased ammunition in the United States. This move will certainly and intentionally lead to severe shortages in this country. That’s why they did it,” he said.
Carlson may be referring to a Biden administration ban on the importation of Russian-made ammunition, ostensibly for the Putin regime’s “August 2020 poisoning of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny,” a State Department “fact sheet” issued on the one-year anniversary of the incident noted.
“New and pending permit applications for the permanent importation of firearms and ammunition manufactured or located in Russia will be subject to a policy of denial,” the State Department fact sheet continued.
“These latest sanctions on Russia pursuant to the CBW Act will take effect upon the publication of a Federal Register notice expected on September 7, 2021, and they will remain in place for a minimum of 12 months,” the fact sheet continued.
According to the National Rifle Association, Russian-made firearms and ammunition exports are a small part of the country’s annual GDP, “but Russian origin ammo makes up a large part of the American ammunition supply,” the group said in a statement.
“American gun owners were already suffering from a market where demand was exceeding available supply. This new move by the Biden Administration will severely worsen the present supply problems,” the NRA said, adding that “the ammunition import restriction seems more aimed at punishing American gun owners and businesses than as a foreign policy tool to influence the Russian Federation.”
Carlson intimated that is part of the Biden administration’s overall gun control strategy.
“Joe Biden himself has said repeatedly, he would like to prevent you from owning the firearms that most Americans use to defend themselves and their families, and those efforts are now accelerating,” Carlson continued, while offering up a solution, of sorts.
“So how about this as an answer? No. You’re not allowed to give more than half a million guns to the Taliban, guns that we paid for, and then try and take our guns away in this country. Sorry, that’s not how it works. So, shut up and back off,” he said.
“Not one more word about gun control from these people until they get back every single rifle from Kandahar. That is the rule.”
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