BELLEVUE, WA — “The whole world is watching, but gun owners around the world can actually be helping,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation. “We’re calling on our fellow gun owners and rights activists to support Zbroya, the Ukranian Gun Owners Association (UGOA).
UGOA is a member organization of the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR), which SAF spearheaded and helped organize more than a decade ago. Now, more than ever, gun owners in Ukraine are in dire need of support, because civilian arms rights has never been more important in that nation.
“Our brother and sister gun owners in the Ukraine are fighting for their lives,” Gottlieb said, “and now is the time for gun owners across the country and around the world to step up and help them in their hour of need.”
Contributions may be made directly to UGOA by visiting the Zbroya page at the IAPCAR website, Gottlieb noted. Open the page and in the upper right hand corner, click on the red “Donate” icon, and follow instructions.
“When IAPCAR was founded,” Gottlieb recalled, “we stressed the importance of civilian arms rights because when a nation is threatened with its very existence, responsibility for that nation’s defense invariably falls to the people, the patriots willing to take up arms and stand on the front lines of freedom.
“If anyone wonders why the right to keep and bear arms is so important,” he observed, “they only need to watch the evening news for the answer. More than 200 years ago, our fledgling nation had to fight for its very existence. Times have changed, but for the people of Ukraine, the circumstances are very much the same. This young nation is battling raw aggression, and that fight involves our fellow gun owners. It’s time to do more than just sit and watch this tragedy unfold on television. Help us help our friends and allies in Ukraine.”
Donations may be made here.