CALDARA | Why Ukraine admires our gun culture

CALDARA | Why Ukraine admires our gun culture

Jon Caldara In case you don’t know, I run the Independence Institute, Colorado’s force for limited government (check us out at ThinkFreedom.org ). I get to meet with my counterparts around the country and the world to share best practices and issues. It’s one of the best parts of the job. Two years ago, I was eager to meet again with my European colleagues, this time in Kiev. Among the agenda items was the Russian threat. COVID-19 postponed that trip. So, I was looking forward to it this year. Needless to say, we didn’t meet in Kiev. Thanks to the Atlas Network, the incredible host organization that connects and promotes liberty groups around the globe, our conference was rerouted to Warsaw, Poland, where I am writing this. It is hard to fathom that more than 10 million Ukrainians have been displaced by the Russian invasion. That’s almost a third of the entire population. Imagine 110 million Americans displaced by war. Seriously, take a moment and try to imagine it without your mind wandering to some science-fiction Hollywood destruction movie to make it unreal enough for your brain to accept. Beyond just strategizing about policy, this gathering in Warsaw is acting as a collecting point for first aid supplies to be sent into Ukraine. This is the first time I traveled to Europe with an extra suitcase packed with hundreds of military-grade tourniquets. My other suitcase had enough spare space for stuffed toys for kids in refugee centers around the […]

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