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The Small Arms Survey will be hosting a seminar in Geneva, Switzerland on January 8, an email event alert from the international consulting firm to its firearms industry clients announced Monday.

“The Small Arms Survey is pleased to invite you or your representative to the seminar ‘Small Arms Policy and Practice: Bridging the Research-Policy Divide’,” an invitation attachment to the email explained. “This event will mark the launch of a new book ‘Controlling Small Arms: Consolidation, Innovation and Relevance in Research and Policy.’”

Also attached to the email was a copy of the book cover and table of contents.

Touting itself as “an independent research project located at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland,” and further as “as the principal international source of impartial and public information on all aspects of small arms and armed violence,” the SAS does not make clear how it maintains that independence and impartiality in light of the interests of its leadership, staff and benefactors.

“[T]he project is supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and by sustained contributions from the Governments of Canada, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom,” SAS discloses. “The Survey is also grateful for past and current project support received from the Governments of Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, New Zealand, Spain, and the United States, as well as from different United Nations agencies, programmes, and institutes.”

And then there are all those partners

“We shall use the occasion to reflect both on the relationship between research and policy in meeting the challenges posed by small arms and light weapons over the last 15 years, and on the challenges for research and action for the coming period,” the seminar invitation authored by Professor Keith Krause, Programme Director, Small Arms Survey, continued.

The presentation will be made by book co-editors Dr. Peter Batchelor, Manager, UNDP Pacific Centre, Fiji; former Managing Director, Small Arms Survey, and Dr. Kai Michael Kenkel, Assistant Professor, Institute for International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Panelists in a follow-on discussion chaired by Prof. Krause will include Dr. Owen Greene, Department of Peace Studies, Bradford University, Bradford, UK; co-founder, International Action Network on Small Arms; Ms. Adèle Kirsten, founding member and former Director of Gun Free South Africa; armed violence reduction expert, Johannesburg, South Africa; and Professor Edward Laurance, Gordon Paul Smith Chair in International Policy Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, California, USA.

What is immediately noticeable is a total absence of anyone even remotely sympathetic to an individual and uninfringed right to keep and bear arms having a position of influence in the seminar. While some with an eye toward safeguarding America’s unique intended protections may attend to keep apprised of the latest developments, others with a less tolerant and patent view of meddling internationalists plotting to undermine their rights, that is, hard core activist American gun owners (like me) who are sick and tired of these scheming numbskulls, may simply be inclined to send RSVP regrets, inviting the SAS and all its cloistered little globalist functionaries to go [expletive deleted] themselves.

That and come get ‘em any time they’re feeling froggy.

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