I know, we’ve all heard how after the last election, weapons sales have surged here in the US. It looks like it’s had the same effect in Afghanistan according to Stars & Stripes;
In the past three years, the black market price of an AK-47, the weapon of choice for Afghan fighters of all stripes, has gone up from between $600 to $700 to as much as $1,500 for a new rifle, and prices for pistols, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and PK machine guns have kept pace, according to weapons dealers and a Taliban commander interviewed for this article.
The demand is so high for rifles that some weapons dealers are now going door to door to ask villagers if they’re willing to part with their guns.
While insurgent groups like such as the Taliban and Hezb-i-Islami, warlords and members of parliaments may have different ideologies, a Kabul province weapons dealer says they are all stockpiling weapons for the same simple reason.
“They are looking to have power after the foreign forces leave,” said Malik, who would only use his first name.
I guess responsible leadership in that shithole might try to shut down the weapons bazaars, but that’s probably asking too much. Well, unless there’s a Second Amendment-type guarantees in Afghanistan that allows their citizens own fully automatic weapons.