The United Nations Small Arms Review Conference began Monday and will go through July 7. The National Rifle Association has said that the UN intends to eliminate private ownership of firearms. But, responding to over 100,000 letters of complaint, secretary-general Kofi Annan said: “Let me also note that this Review Conference is not negotiating a ‘global gun ban,’ nor do we wish to deny law-abiding citizens their right to bear arms in accordance with their national laws.”
What’s really going on?
“Our energy, our emphasis, and our anger is directed against illegal weapons, not legal ones. Our priorities are effective enforcement, better controls and regulation, safer stockpiling, and weapons collection and destruction,” Annan said at the opening ceremonies Monday. “Our targets remain unscrupulous arms brokers, corrupt officials, drug trafficking syndicates, criminals and others who bring death and mayhem into our communities, and who ruin lives and destroy in minutes the labour of years. To halt the destructive march of armed conflict and crime, we must stop such purveyors of death.”
Is that so?
Maybe you should read that Programme of Action.
You will read repeatedly through the materials that the UN does not wish to involve itself in the legal manufacture and ownership of firearms. What is said rarely is that the transfer of firearms is a target of UN expected action. At the very least, the UN expects each nation to end the private transfer of firearms and implement nationwide registration of all firearms. — Gun Law News
And eventually they’ll be coming after your guns, just like they did in Kenya and Uganda. That worked out very well — for the purveyors of death.
That’s the subject of a new Issue Backgrounder just published by the Independence Institute, co-authored by Paul Gallant, Joanne Eisen, and me. The monograph details how U.N.-backed gun confiscation programs in Kenya and Uganda have led to murder, torture, and arson, and have turned tens of thousands of pastoral tribespeople into starving refugees. — The Volokh Conspiracy (Hat tip)
That’s right, gun confiscation leads to human rights atrocities, especially by the government confiscating the guns. It always has — that’s the whole point. And maybe Kofi Annan doesn’t want your guns, but it’s clear that others do:
“We believe that no armed group outside of the State should be allowed to bear weapons,” said Slamet Hidayat, the Indonesian delegate.
And I leave you with one final thought, especially if you’re one of the many progressive Democrats reading here: The Second Amendment is what secures the First.