Friday, June 16, 2006

From My Cold Dead Hand

In 2001, member nations of the U.N. adopted the United Nations Programme of Action. (UNPoA) and committed themselves to “collecting and destroying illegal weapons”. The member states also promised to: “adopt and improve national legislations that would help criminalize the illicit trade in small arms.”

A delegation from the U.S. will participate in the follow up U.N. Small Arms Review Conference scheduled for a June 26 to July 7, 2006 in New York City at U.N. headquarters. The conference will discuss illegal trafficking in arms, ineffective national controls and related issues.

(Side note: Actor Michael Douglas aka Mr. Catherine Zeta-Jones, and son of Spartacus, has been anointed Messenger of Peace by Kofi Annan, and is supportive of the conference.)

Among the U.N.’s plans is a buy back program of weapons in nations the U.N. has determined to be “torn by civil strife.”

This all may sound reasonable to some folks. But when you think about it, who determines what is illicit trade, and what constitutes small arms? These questions don’t seem to be addressed anywhere.

National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre also has concerns about the motives of the U.N. program.

LaPierre said:

"So, after we are disarmed, the U.N. wants us demobilized and reintegrated. I can hear it now: 'Step right this way for your reprogramming, sir. Once we confiscate your guns, we can demobilize your aggressive instincts and reintegrate you into civil society.' No thanks."

World Net Daily reported that the U.N. plan “has its roots in the early 1960s with a 20-page State Department pamphlet titled ‘Freedom From War: The United States Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World.’"

As the great Charlton Heston said: “From My Cold Dead Hand.”


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