Alas, Russian spy Maria Butina is breaking South Dakota men’s hearts again. Just as Ukraine is providing an object lesson in the occasional value in extremis of a right to bear arms, the Russian gun rights advocate who endeared herself to South Dakota pols, hunters, and the National Rifle Association now says letting ordinary citizens carry guns puts children at risk:
Maria Butina condemned the embattled country’s leadership for dishing out more than 18,000 guns to civilian volunteers in an effort to drive back Russian invaders.
…[T]hat is apparently not acceptable for the convicted spy, who told Russian state media TV show Vremya Pokazhet on Saturday that “people don’t know how to handle them and a child might be killed at home” [Graeme Massie, “Russian Agent Who Infiltrated the NRA Says Ukraine Shouldn’t Hand out Rifles in Case a Child Gets Hurt,” UK Independent, 2022.02.27].
Or, more realistically, maybe Butina’s anti-gun rhetoric only demonstrates that her now-liquidated Russian gun rights organization was no expression of principle or conviction but merely a front for the Putin regime’s international aggression, just like her comment Saturday on Russian state TV.