Who is really helping? Firearm and ammunition industry in America is answering Ukraine’s call to arms

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By Joe Bartozzi and our friends at NSSF

America’s firearm industry is proving again that it is the arsenal of freedom. U.S.-based firearm, ammunition and accessories manufacturers are answering Ukraine’s call-to-arms to defend itself against the Russian unprovoked invasion.

NSSF has been on the leading edge of this response, working with officials from Ukraine and the United States to facilitate firearm and ammunition donations to repel the Russian invaders.

Ukraine’s defense has mired down Russian attackers, repelled them from that nation’s capital city of Kyiv and are inflicting tremendous casualties on Russian forces. That is happening as U.S. firearm and ammunition makers are sending small arms and ammunition to supply Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy famously refused an offer from the United States to evacuate his country as Russian forces closed in on Kyiv. Several assassination attempts on his life, and that of his family, were thwarted. President Zelensky stood strong, recording a message for the world.

“The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride,” he said.

Send It

That was enough to spur the firearm and ammunition makers in the United States into action. Two days after President Zelensky’s call for munitions, Ammo Inc., announced the company would donate 1 million rounds of ammunition for Ukraine to defend their country. Less than one month later, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence confirmed it received the million-round donation.

“This is a wake-up call for America, and why we have to have our Second Amendment… To see the people in Ukraine fighting — it’s terrible to see the lives that are being lost over there,” explained Ammo Inc. board member Richard Childress to Fox News.

Vista Outdoor, and their ammunition makers Federal, Remington, CCI and Speer, announced their own donation of 1 million rounds on March 8. Vista Outdoor noted that Ukraine was a long-standing ammunition customer and how critical it is for America that the Second Amendment exists to protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.

“It underscores how critical the Second Amendment is in America and highlights the importance of the ability of American Manufacturers to supply our allies with ammunition,” said Jason Vanderbrink, President of Remington, CCI, Speer and Federal Ammunition in a press release.

“We have long supported Ukrainian armed forces and we will continue to do so in this global cause to unite for democracy.”

Relief Efforts

Several NSSF members privately donated ammunition to Ukraine’s defense, particularly those companies that previously imported Russian-made ammunition before sanctions went into effect banning all imports.

NSSF learned that Russian President Vladimir Putin is so concerned about Russian ammunition being shipped from the United States to Ukraine, he not only seized the 115 containers for the April shipments to the United States, but he also stopped shipments of primers and powder from Russia to some of his closest ties from the former Soviet Bloc.

Putin fears Russian-made ammunition will be donated to Ukraine and sent back to his forces at about 2,350 feet-per-second.

Vista also launched relief efforts to raise funds for those Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion. Federal and Remington are selling Ukraine-themed t-shirts. All profits from the sales go to refugees in the war-torn country. The shirts will supplement the company’s donation and maintain awareness of the need for global support of Ukraine.

Terminal Guidance

It is not just boatloads of bullets. Arms makers are stepping up too and NSSF is helping to make those donations easier. NSSF published an alert to member companies of the needs submitted by the Ukrainian Embassy.

That includes everything from 7.62×39 mm cartridges for AK-47s to complete sniper rifle systems and the state-of-the-art night vision and thermal optics that go with them. That was met by donations that are still coming in.

The Biden administration announced that 7,000 small arms would be included in an $800 million aide-package that was announced in March. One major firearm manufacturer informed NSSF that the Department of Defense is reaching out to major industry companies to secure small arms and ammunition for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence.

In fact, the Pentagon posted a Request for Information for arming Ukraine with everything from small arms to drones to heavy weapons systems.

That does not mean gun makers are on the sidelines waiting.

Adams Arms, a Florida-based firearm manufacturer, has already shipped 1,000 rifles to Ukraine and plans to donate at least 1,500 more. They also designed and sold their own t-shirts recognizing the bravery of the Ukrainian forces that rejected Russia’s call for surrender of Snake Island.

All proceeds from that sale will go directly to the Ukrainian National Bank’s war funds. Just a week ago, Adams Arms, along with six other U.S. manufacturers, announced it is donating 10 state-of-the-art, semiautomatic sniper rifle systems along with ammunition to the Ukraine Ministry of Defence.

The rifles, optics and ammunition are valued at more than $80,000.

Contributing manufacturers include Leupold and Stevens, supplying optics and mounts; Rise Armament, supplying triggers; Radian Weapons, supplying charging handles and safety selectors; Luth AR, supplying adjustable buttstocks; and Hornady Manufacturing, supplying ammunition.

Adams Arms President Jason East said, “It goes beyond altruism or corporate responsibility. As Americans, we cannot allow the kind of aggression Russia has brought forth in Ukraine. What’s that old saying? The only thing evil needs to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Well, we are doing something.”

KelTec donated 400 semiautomatic rifles to Ukraine. Adrian Kellgren, KelTec’s director of industrial production, made the decision after KelTec was left with an unshipped order worth $200,000 of 9 mm foldable rifles from a long-time Ukrainian customer who became unreachable after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Kimber Manufacturing, Inc. donated 200 handguns and 20 rifles to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of Ukraine. Kimber provided 200 R7 Mako 9 mm pistols with 800 extra 13-round magazines, 10 Advanced Tactical rifles in .308 Win., and 10 bolt-action rifles in .308 Win.

Mission First Tactical donated holsters for the Kimber’s R7 Mako pistols and Tactical Rifle Cases for the long rifles. In addition, Mission First Tactical also donated 3,300 AR-15 magazines and 1,000 AR-10 magazines. Leupold & Stevens, Inc. donated 20 Mark 4 LR/T 3.5-10×40 rifle scopes, that were installed on each of the 20 Kimber rifles.

Own the Night

American Technology Network Company (ATN), a manufacturer of night vision and thermal vision products, announced it is shipping 9,000 night vision and thermal optics devices to assist the Ukrainian military against the Russian invasion.

“ATN has committed to making an unprecedented effort in this endeavor and is committed to shipping these units in the shortest time. Night optics are critical to the successful defense of Ukraine from the Russian invaders, and we are confident this will be a large step in improving the capabilities of the Ukrainian forces in the field,” said ATN Founder and Chairman Marc Vayn.

Suppressor-maker Silencer Central, of Sioux Falls, S.D., is considering how it might be able to assist. Owner Brandon Maddox saw NSSF’s alert on how firearm manufacturers could assist Ukraine and while his company does not make rifles or ammunition, he sees a small, but quiet role for Silencer Central.

“One of the specific requests from Ukraine was suppressors, silencers,” Maddox said. “Sometimes when there is inner-city fighting and if it’s inside, noises are louder, so by having a suppressor shooting indoors it could bring it down where it is hearing safe, so whoever is actually doing the shooting it’s not going to blow their ears out,” Maddox said. Maddox also noted that suppressors eliminate muzzle flash, making them effective for night fighting.

Maddox said company officials are exploring avenues for the company to send suppressors to fit onto Ukraine’s rifle.

These voluntary efforts by U.S. firearm, ammunition and accessory makers demonstrate the importance and the value of a strong firearm industry, not just dedicated to protecting American freedom and Second Amendment rights, but those who are forced to defend freedom around the globe.

Are we officially going boots on the ground and launching WWIII? Biden tells troops “what they’ll see while in Ukraine”

March 27, 2022

RZESZOW, POLAND – President Biden addressed American troops stationed in Poland, reminding them of what they will see while in Ukraine.

Regardless of his promise not to send American troops to the war-torn country, Biden fumbled and alluded to adding more to support the ongoing conflict.

He said,

“What’s at stake, not just that what we’re doing here in Ukraine to try to help the Ukrainian people and keep the massacre from continuing.

Beyond that, what is at stake, is what are your kids and grandkids going to look like in terms of their freedom.

What you’re engaged in is much more than just whether or not you can alleviate the pain and suffering of the people of Ukraine.

We’re in a new phase, your generation, we’re in an inflection point.

You’re in the midst of a fight between democracies and oligarchs.”

Biden’s remarks to a small assembly of soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division are raising concern that he is rescinding his promise not to send additional troops to join the fight against Russia.

 

 

He added,

“You’re going to see, when you’re there, and some of you have been there, you’re going to see women, young people, standing in front of a damn tank just saying.

‘I’m not leaving, I’m holding my ground.

They’re incredible.”

While Biden expressed his gratitude to the troops present, he added that their service was “consequential” to the future of democracy.

 

 

He did note that he had no reservations about deploying an additional 12,000 troops to the Eastern flank of NATO. Already there are 100,000 American troops in Europe supporting the mission.

He told those in attendance,

“Fundamental change takes place, the world ain’t going to be the same, not because of Ukraine, but we are not going to be the same 10-15 years from now in terms of our organizational structures.

The White House addressed the comments made by President Biden and said that more troops will not be deployed to support the efforts in Ukraine regardless of the President’s comments suggesting otherwise.

A spokesperson for the White House said,

“The president has been clear we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position.”

These comments came after the President recently approved almost $1 billion in aid to be sent to Ukraine.

 

 

Fox news stated that,

“The new aid package includes 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, 2,000 Javelins, 1,000 light anti-armor weapons, 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems, 100 unmanned drones, 100 grenade launchers, 5,000 rifles, 1,000 pistols, 400 machine guns, 400 shotguns, more than 20 million rounds of small arms ammunition and grenade launcher and mortar rounds, 25,000 sets of body armor and 25,000 helmets.”

In addition to this hefty aid package, the President has pledged support for Ukrainian refugees.

The United States will take approximately 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. There are nearly 3.6 million refugees seeking assistance.

 

President Biden commented that,

“We understand that, because we have at our southern border thousands of people a day literally not figuratively trying to get into the US.”

This adds to the already unsustainable crisis at the southern border.

 

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Outrage grows as Biden diverts Border Patrol agents from U.S. border to aid Ukraine border

WASHINGTON, DC – Amid a U.S. border crisis, President Biden is diverting Customs and Border Protection officers from the strained United States southern border to send overseas to help at the Ukrainian border.

 

A memo issued by the CBP’ office of field operations requested border patrol volunteers to be immediately deployed to Poland in support of “Operation Ukraine Support,” according to a report by Just The News.

The memo sent to field operations executives stated:

“The Office of Field Operations is seeking volunteers to assist with the possible evacuation of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their immediate family members from Ukraine.

“Eligible employees who volunteer for this situation may be selected to serve a temporary duty assignment in Poland to facilitate travelers for entry into the U.S., to include providing guidance and problems resolution to other government agencies.”

 

As international humanitarian groups warned that the Russian invasion could trigger a major exodus from Ukraine, some refugee resettlement leaders in the United States called on the Biden administration to prepare to welcome people fleeing the war.

David Duea, president of Lutheran Community Services Northwest, called resettling Ukrainian refuges inside the U.S. a “moral imperative”:

“It will be our moral imperative to welcome Ukrainian refugees, as we have been doing for decades.”

However, the U.S. refugee program has been strained beyond limits trying to place 70,000 evacuees from Afghanistan following the disastrous pull out from the war-torn country in August.

 

Bill Frelick, director of the refugee and migrant rights division of Human Rights Watch, said funding cuts during the Trump administration have left nonprofits involved in resettlement, and that keeping refugees overseas would be a better solution:

“Right now, our resettlement capacity, which was decimated under the Trump administration, is strained to the limits.

Establishing camps, if needed in places like Poland, would be a much higher imperative than planning for refugee resettlement at this emergency stage.

Resettling Ukrainian refugees inside the U.S. is also complicated by the failed Afghan resettlement program, which has been widely criticized for allowing at least 50 individuals posing “potentially significant security concerns.”

 

In addition, the Defense Department Inspector General informed Congress earlier this month that 28 out of 31 Afghan evacuees with known “derogatory information” can no longer be located:

“Not being able to locate Afghan evacuees with derogatory information quickly and accurately could pose a security risk to the United States. In addition, the U.S. government could mistakenly grant ineligible Afghan evacuees with derogatory information (parole into the country).

“Significant security concerns include individuals whose latent fingerprints have been found on improvised explosive devices and known or suspected terrorists.”

 

In addition to those concerns, pulling Border Patrol agents from the U.S./Mexico border will further stretch U.S. immigration enforcement capabilities at a time when about 2.1 million border crossers and illegal aliens are expected at the border this year.

In January, the Border Patrol apprehended nearly 154,000 border crossers as the Biden administration signalled lax immigration enforcement and calls for leniency for border crossers.

The administration has re-enacted the catch-and-release process that was ended by former President Donald Trump. The Biden administration released more than 62,500 border crossers into the U.S. just last month.

In a leaked audiotape obtained by Townhall, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the immigration crisis in the United States was the worst it has been in two decades:

“Look, it’s worse now than it, frankly, has been in at least 20 years, if not ever.”

 

Steven Kopits with Princeton Policy Advisors, predicted that this year’s immigration crisis would outpace last year under the Biden administration:

“Given the comparatively steady pace of apprehensions, we might expect recent experience under the Biden administration to continue.

“Under such circumstances, we forecast 2.1 million apprehensions for both calendar year and fiscal year 2022, both records besting not only all other administrations but even the Biden administration’s disastrous first year.”

Outrage grows as Biden diverts Border Patrol agents from U.S. border to aid Ukraine border

Not stopping: Multiple sex offenders and gang members arrested by U.S. Border Patrol last week

February 2, 2022

 

EDINBURG, TX –  U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley arrested three migrants with prior convictions for sexual crimes and eight gang members, according to a release issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Friday.

 

CBP reported that Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol (RGV) agents apprehended a group of 18 migrants in the brush attempting to circumvent the checkpoint near Sarita, Texas.

One of the migrants was found to be a Salvadoran national with a prior arrest for aggravated sexual assault of a child less than 13-year-old in 2017.

The arrest was made by Lindenwold Police Department (LPD) in New Jersey. The Salvadoran national was convicted of the crime and sentenced to five years confinement.

Shocking as the convict’s capture re-entering the country is, it was not an isolated incident. On Wednesday morning, McAllen Border Patrol Station agents conducted record checks on a Salvadoran national, who was apprehended with a group of 10 migrants in Hidalgo, Texas.

The records check determined this Salvadoran was a convicted sex offender, convicted in 2018 of lewd acts with a child under 14 years old in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

 

Then, on Wednesday afternoon, Brownsville Border Patrol (BRP) agents arrested a male national from Uruguay illegally entering the United States.

Through records checks, BRP agents identified the subject as a sex offender with a prior arrest in 2007 for Loitering for Sex Under 18-years-old, by the Gwinnett County Police Department in Georgia.

He was subsequently sentenced to 12 months’ probation.

Outrage grows as Biden diverts Border Patrol agents from U.S. border to aid Ukraine border

Sex offenders are only one of a myriad of criminals being apprehended re-entering the United States across the porous southern border. CBP Press Officer Thomas Gresback wrote:

“Also, this week, RGV agents arrested eight foreign nationals that have been identified as members of trans-national criminal organizations.

“The migrants are nationals from Romania, El Salvador, and Honduras. One of the Romanian nationals has an active full extradition warrant out of Fort Collins, Colorado for Larceny.”

 

These migrants are some of the latest arrests of migrants with criminal convictions arrested by CBP entering the country this year. This builds on the 10, 763 arrests of migrant with criminal convictions in 2021, 2438 in 2020, and 4,269 on 2019.

Of the arrests in 2021, 488 of those were sex offenders, up from 156 in 2020 and 57 in 2019, according to records examined by Fox News.

Border crossings have surged at the southern border since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021. Lax immigration enforcement policies and public calls for leniency for border crossers have fueled the border rush.

The Biden administration is also ferrying illegal immigrants to the interior United States on private airlines late night, clandestine flights that have riled Republican governors like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who threatened to block state funds from companies who assist with the transport of such migrants inside his country.

 

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