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TNA 22-16 2006 UN Gun Grab Goes Bust

TNA 22-16 2006 UN Gun Grab Goes Bust

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T
hegungrabberswerecryingin theirlattesoverhowtheUnitedNa tionsReviewC
onf
erenceonSmallArmshad"failed"becausetheconference hadnotonlynotledtofinalizedplansto endcivilianownershipofguns,butU.S. governmentofficialsstoodstronglyon theside
of
gunowners,andKofiAnnan, thehead
of
theUN,seemedtocaveinto publicpressureandcanceltheUN'scon fiscationplans.RebeccaPeters,director
of
InternationalActionNetworkonSmall Arms,calledU.S.governmentdemands
"cra
p"whensheheardthenewsthatthe UnitedStateshad
ef
fectivelyputastoptoevenafollow-upconferenceonsmall arms,sayingtheconferencehadbeen"hi
jacke
dbyasmallnumberofstates,nota blytheU.S." Ifallwereasitseems,thiswouldbea hugevictoryforgunownersandtheirmain
THENEWAMERICAN
AUGUS
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7,2006
ally,theNationalRifleAssociation,which hasbeenurgingitsmillions
of
memberstowritetheirU.S.representativesandthe UNtoprotesttheconference.Buttheapple goingtotheapparentlyvictoriouschampi ons
of
theSecondAmendmentwillnotbe verytastyonceitisbitteninto.
Plea
singat
First
Glan
ce
Thetoneoftheconfer
ence
wasevidentfromtheoutset.UNSecretary-General KofiAnnanstressedinhisremarksatthe opening
of
thetwo-weeklongconference: "Letme...notethatthisReviewConfer
ence
isnotnegotiatinga'global[gun] ban,'nordowewishtodenylaw-abiding citizenstheirrighttobeararmsinaccor dancewiththeirnationallaws." Andjusttostr
ess
thepoint,Annan added:"Iwouldwanttorepeat,because therearepeoplearoundwhoeitherhave notheardthisordonotwanttohear:we arenotnegotiatingaglobalban,nordo
wewishtodenylaw-abidingcitizenstheir righttobeararmsinaccordancewiththeir nationallaws.Ourenergy,ouremphasis, andourangerisdirectedagainstillegal weapons,notlegalones."Gunbanners musthavebeeninshockbecauseAnnan's wordswereacompletereversalfromthe lead-uptotheoriginal2001SmallArms c
onf
erence,whereAnnanenthusiastically endorsedareportoftheUN"Group
of
Governm
enta
lExpertsonSmallArms" whichsuggestedthat"Statesshouldwork toward...theprohibitionofunrestricted tradeandprivateownershipofsmallarms andlightweapons." Ontheseconddayoftheconference, U.S.UndersecretaryofStateforArms ControlandInternationalSecurityRobert G.JosephlaiddowntheBushadministra tionline:"TheU.S.Constitutionguaran teestherightsofourcitizenstokeepand beararms,andtherewillbenoinfringe mentofthoserights.TheUnitedStates
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