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U.N. sponsors gun burning

  • The United nations has trained its sights on gun owners around the world, calling for a ban on sales of certain firearms and global gun registration for others.
By James P. Tucker, Jr.

The United Nations is sponsoring "Gun Burning Day" on July 9 as part of its global program to disarm all "citizens of the world" -- including Americans who are supposed to be protected by the Second Amendment.

The U.N. Conference on Small Weapons is sponsoring massive gun burnings to mark the opening of its New York session devoted to disarming individuals throughout the world. They call it the "conference on Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons."

Organizers said "the public destruction of weapons" is good because it is "one of the best ways to attract attention" to global disarmament, according to Richard Stevens of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.

The UN has been building on this for some time:

  • In 1999, a U.N. report recommended that "all small arms and light weapons which are not under legal civilian possession and which are not required for the purposes of national defense and internal security should be collected and destroyed as expeditiously as possible."
  • U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in April 2000 called for "non-proliferation of small arms" because "these weapons must be brought under the control of state."
  • A U.N. Committee of Governmental Experts last March recommended that all nations impose centralized "gun control" with detailed record-keeping and prohibitions against selling "small arms" to any except other governments.

Americans' fight for the right to bear arms has gone global.