More from the U.N.
"From July 7 to 11, the U.N. will hold its first biennial meeting to discuss progress in the implementation of the action program against small arms."
Here we go again.
"The action program calls on participating countries to engrave identification marks on small arms during the manufacturing process to help trace their origin and to establish effective export-import licensing systems. Countries involved are also required to cooperate in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of former soldiers."
In other words, they'd like to have the system in place so that confiscation will be easier when it's agreed upon. & they damn skippy don't want ex-military or anyone else who knows how to use arms to have them.
"In the negotiations held two years ago, the United States objected to two points: controls over private ownership -- the U.S. Constitution guarantees American citizens the right to bear arms -- and transfers of small arms to nonstate entities (such as guerrillas). The negotiators struck a deal after eliminating those issues."
So someone in the U.S. government actually read the Bill of Rights. Fascinating.
"The U.N. plays a significant role in disarmament. When France and Russia bickered with the U.S. over the war in Iraq, there was widespread international criticism that the U.N. Security Council had become dysfunctional. Donowaki denies the charge, saying the U.N. General Assembly has an important role to play in protecting world peace and security. U.N.-backed small-arms control should help prevent regional conflicts and lay the foundation for peace."
What they fail to mention is that hundreds of millions of disarmed civilians were murdered by their own governments in the last century. This may or may not have been preventable if the respective victims had been armed, but an armed populace would have stood a much better chance against an armed government.
The U.N. is a collection of governments, many of whom are not exactly interested in the welfare of their people. What this amounts to is a group of bullies who organized (albeit for more altruistic reasons - at least initially) & are now attempting to refine their method of bullying. There interest in civilian disarmament has nothing to do with the safety of their respective peoples but their eliminating any means of resisting their consiladation of power.
Rep. Ron Paul had the right idea.
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