Remember Maria Butina, the Russian agent and “gun rights activist” who used her contacts to infiltrate the National Rifle Association, so she could pursue back channels to American conservatives during the 2016 presidential campaign? She appeared on Russian television Saturday to warn against Ukraine handing out rifles to civilians, noting that they might not know how to handle them and could kill a child at home.
On a special Saturday edition of Russian propaganda talk show Vremya Pokazhet, Maria Butina condemns the Kyiv authorities for handing out rifles because "people don't know how to handle them and a child might be killed at home"
I don't think that's on Ukrainians' minds right now pic.twitter.com/hfeNByRl4v
— Francis Scarr (@francska1) February 26, 2022
Butina presented herself as a gun-rights activist as part of her campaign to infiltrate the NRA and other conservative groups. Now she says Ukrainian civilians shouldn't be given guns because they're too dangerous. https://t.co/fJIgk3MPpG
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) February 26, 2022
— 1967mustangman (@1967mustangman) February 26, 2022
— Myrddraal (@HandOfTheDark) February 26, 2022
'A child might be killed at home.' Indeed a child might be killed at home, by a Russian clusterbomb. Equally a child might be killed at a kindergarten, shelled by Russia, or in a hospital, also shelled by Russia.
— 🇺🇦Misremembered_Youth🇺🇦 (@MisrememberedY) February 26, 2022
At home as opposed to an orphanage or kindergarten. Those places are acceptable.
— Thomas Gavin (@gavinrayzr) February 26, 2022
If they're that worried about children, maybe they'd like to explain why they shelled a kindergarten yesterday?
— L. Sue Szabo (@LSueSzabo) February 26, 2022
I’m thinking bombing daycares is a lot more risky to children.
— Denise Dyer (@goats_kids) February 26, 2022
A child might be killed at home? Yeah. By a Russian missile.
— JuneBug⁷ 💜🧈🥞😼 (@Ladyjet02) February 26, 2022
On top of all the other problems with her statement, most Ukrainian men (and an increasing number of women) have at least basic military training, due to compulsory military service.
— David Allsopp (@doublehelix) February 26, 2022
The Ukraine public has been receiving small arms training, so – as we all know – this is mere: "won't someone think of the children" propaganda.
— Some Nerd, Living Somewhere Peacefully (@Gnerdicus) February 26, 2022
Lady spent a few years in America being a walking active shooter drill, but now it's time to think of the children
— Tube Amps for Justice, USA (@CuriousAudioUS) February 26, 2022
"How dare they defend themselves"
— Jacob S (@ResidentMemer) February 26, 2022
No, I think they are very much concerned their children might be killed at home, hence why they accepted the rifles.
— ben Baruch (@nowthatiamiwas) February 26, 2022
Maybe Butina can volunteer to go door to door collecting guns for the safety of Ukrainians.
— Derek (@derek_wilson_01) February 26, 2022
Great idea. Russia could sponsor a gun buy-back program.
Ukrainians handed out guns and ammo so they could deal with the real threat to their children and homes: Russian soldiers with guns
— Adrian Bonenberger (@AdrianBonenber1) February 26, 2022
The grift is strong
— Pudge (@pudgenet) February 26, 2022
Imagine a Russian agent being opposed to Ukrainian citizens being armed.
Occupy Democrats are big supporters of a heavily armed citizenry… in Ukraine https://t.co/rEXMEkQW1M
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 25, 2022