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The UN Is After Our Guns!

According to this story in The Economist, the National Rifle Association's latest membership-boosting scheme is to claim that disarmament in war-torn regions shows that the UN is out to get Americans' guns:

Duku Paul does not know how many people he has killed. Though still young, he is a veteran of one of West Africa's nastiest civil wars. For more than a decade, he helped to burn, loot and bloody his homeland, Liberia. Then, in 2003, the United Nations, with American backing, brought peace. Bangladeshi blue helmets took Mr Paul's gun and gave him $300. Interviewed last year, he said he was sorry that he ever became a soldier, and that he wanted to get back to school.

Mr Paul was enrolled in what the UN calls a "disarmament, demobilisation, rehabilitation and reintegration" programme. The world body is keen to promote such programmes wherever appropriate. The National Rifle Association (NRA), the lobby for American gun-lovers, does not like the sound of that.

"So, after we are disarmed, the UN wants us demobilised and reintegrated. I can hear it now: 'Step right this way for your reprogramming, sir. Once we confiscate your guns, we can demobilise your aggressive instincts and reintegrate you into civil society.' No thanks," shudders Wayne LaPierre, the indefatigable executive vice-president of the NRA.

Why does the UN want to take away Americans' guns? Because it is a club of governments, some of which want to "strip opposition forces of the means to challenge their authority," argues Mr LaPierre...

The NRA, like so many conservative American groups, has long detested the UN. But Mr LaPierre's claim that it is "the biggest coming threat" to gun-lovers represents a new emphasis...

For a truly all-embracing threat... the UN is hard to beat. Mr LaPierre predicts that the "global war on guns" will boost the NRA's membership from 4m to 8m, and reduce Hillary Clinton's chances of becoming president in 2008. This last point is crucial. The UN, whatever its evil aims, is hardly in a position to push Uncle Sam around. To disarm Americans, it would need Congress on its side, plus an American president willing to sign an anti-gun treaty and appoint Supreme Court justices willing to rule it constitutional.

I blogged earlier this week about a truly horrifying article describing the atrocities taking place in the civil war in the Congo -- atrocities so awful I still can't bring myself to describe them here. I'd suggest that Mr. LaPierre read that article to get a sense of perspective, but I'm sure his response would be simple: arm them all. Guns for everyone -- that will cut down the violence.

The NRA dreams of a future world in which we all carry weapons, and therefore are all as safe as can be. I wonder, have they really thought through the implications of what they advocate? Have they thought about taking their children to future malls in which every shopper has a concealed handgun, and they're truly comfortable with the idea? Or have they just not considered the implications of their positions?

In any case, for me, the NRA has stooped to a new low with this effort -- and that took some doing. Goodness knows the UN is far from perfect, but buying up weapons is a reasonable effort to try to end brutal, longstanding, pointless conflicts. The NRA leadership is smart -- smart enough to have built one of the most effective special interest groups in the country -- so they know that there's no possible relationship between ending civil wars in Africa and taking away weapons here. But they're more than willing to whip up fear where there should be none to serve their goal of amassing even more power. It's a sad thing.

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Ugh...

Wake up Americans!
This is not just a ban on guns that is just the begining.Once our guns are taken then our civil rights and our minds will be next.This is a global effort to spread fear through a so called war on terrorism so big govt can take over using fear.This has been the globalists and the communists plan for over fifty years.

This is another step in the super secret mission
of The One World Government
of International Socilaism.
Awake and stop them by any means. This is far worse then HITLER or STALIN!

This is another step in the super secret mission
of The One World Government
of International Socilaism.
Awake and stop them by any means. This is far worse then HITLER or STALIN!

This is another step in the super secret mission
of The One World Government
of International Socilaism.
Awake and stop them by any means. This is far worse then HITLER or STALIN!

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