The Hill reports:
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Monday introduced a bill that would provide arms to vetted rebel groups.
Menendez’s legislation would give arms and military training to opposition groups that had been vetted, as well as provide $250 million for basic services and security in a post-Assad Syria.However, on April 17, 2013--so just under a month ago--Menendez was pleading for votes for gun control legislation here in the U.S.:
Do you think that the Syrian rebels that he plans on arming will have to pass a background check, or be limited to a bolt-action or lever action rifle, and less than 10-rounds in a magazine?
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) implored colleagues on the Senate floor Wednesday to support gun-control proposals that would expand background checks and ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
These amendments were among nine gun control proposals the Senate will vote on today.
Menendez pressed colleagues to, at the very least, support the amendment that would expand background checks to include weapons sold at gun shows and over the Internet.
“We owe it to the American people,” Menendez said. “We owe it to the children of Newtown... We owe it to the family of the 6-year-old boy from Toms River, New Jersey, who was shot recently by a 4-year-old neighbor with a .22 caliber rifle.”
What about the Syrian children, Mr. Menendez?