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“The UN, Guns, and US Constitution” – Explaning the Arms Trade Treaty July 27, 2012

Posted by Chris Mark in Laws and Leglslation, Politics, terrorism, weapons and tactics.
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Recent events in the US have once again ignited the debate over control of guns within the US.  This post is not a political debate rather an introduction to US gun issues and, more specifically, actions of the United Nations.   First, for some quick statistics.  According to the US Firearms Institute between 40% – 50% of US homes own firearms.  There are between 250 million  and 280 million firearms in the US owned by between 120 million and 150 million US citizens.  Hunting, shooting, and firearms are deeply embedded in the US culture and history.   In fact, the right to own firearms is guaranteed in the US Constitution’s 2nd Amendment which states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”   As every 6th grader knows, the 2nd Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights which was passed in 1791.   While many people don’t agree with the 2nd Amendment the US Supreme Court has upheld the amendment and clarified the intent in several cases: (more…)

“Do as I say..not as I do”- UN Sends Restricted Computer Equipment to Iran and North Korea July 5, 2012

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In yet another shocking revelation of questionable actions within the United Nations, Foxnews reports that the US State Department is now investigating the shipment of sensitive computer and other equipment to Iran and North Korea by way of an obscure UN department.  The United Nations has prohibitions against sending such sensitive equipment to both countries as the countries are trying to develop nuclear weapons.  According to the report, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), of which the US is a member, sent computers and other technology to both countries.  The US State department was unaware of the shipment and, according to a top US official,  it now appears that “”official at the U.N. agency, the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO, “has not yet been fully open” to the inquiries…””

United Nations Part Deux; “Return Lands to Native Americans” May 5, 2012

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Always the selective idealists, the United Nations has now issued a formal statement that the United States should return lands to the Native Americans. According to the report: “The United States must do more to heal the wounds of indigenous peoples caused by more than a century of oppression, including restoring control over lands Native Americans consider to be sacred, a U.N. human rights investigator said on Friday.”  Anyone with a basic grasp of American history knows that the US has not always treated the Native Americans well.  The issue at hand, however is the UN and not the Native Americans.  According to the report, the “UN Special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, just completed a 12-day visit to the United States where he met with representatives of indigenous peoples in the District of Columbia, Arizona, Alaska, Oregon, Washington State, South Dakota, and Oklahoma. He also met with U.S. government officials.”  Based upon this description one would believe that Mr. Anaya is a foreign expert.  A review of his biography however, indicates that not only is Mr. Anaya an American  his is also the Regents professor at the University of Arizona where he teaches law.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Anaya made his career in Native American issues.  According to his bio, Mr. Anaya: “…represented indigenous groups from many parts of North and Central America in landmark cases before courts and international organizations.” You can read his full CV here.  It seems inappropriate for the UN to use a Native American lawyer who specializes in Native American and indigenous issues to investigate, report, and recommend a course of action.  There is certainly a level of bias in this position. (more…)

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