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U.N. on ‘collision course’ with 2A, and they’ve got company

Richard Ramirez, whose son was killed in Santa Barbara, is now a gun control activist leading the 'Not One More' effort.
Richard Ramirez, whose son was killed in Santa Barbara, is now a gun control activist leading the 'Not One More' effort.
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The United Nations is on a “collision course” with the Second Amendment, according to today's press release from the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, and The Gun Mag,com, and the world body appears to have company from Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety” organization, and some high school students in Bellingham.

In an e-mail appeal today for funding to send postcards to Congress demanding “Not One More” death from so-called “gun violence,” the Everytown group is promising to send more than 2.4 million postcards to Capitol Hill over the next few weeks. The slogan comes from Richard Martinez, the grieving father-turned-gun control advocate whose son, Chris, was one of the victims of Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger.

The gun prohibition lobbying group, funded with $50 million from billionaire Bloomberg’s small change purse, wants the deluge of mail to convince members of Congress “to take action to reduce gun violence in this country.” The message was signed by Everytown Organizing Director Samantha Rodgers, but it doesn’t say exactly what action the group wants, or how such action might prevent the kind of killing spree that cost the younger Martinez his life.

Universal background checks? The California killer passed three such checks and went through three waiting periods, and used 10-round magazines; all leading items on the gun control agenda.

Perhaps Everytown wants Congress to take the U.N. approach towards firearms, as described by SAF Operations Director Julianne Versnel, who spoke Thursday morning to the Programme of Action meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York. Her assessment: “The Programme of Action seems unable to acknowledge anything beyond the simplistic notion that civilian firearms are inherently evil. The right of women, indeed the right of men and women, to self-defense is a human right.”

Versnel criticized a 2006 report by Barbara Frey with the UN Human Rights Council titled “Prevention of Human Rights Violations Committed with Small Arms and Light Weapons.” This report, she asserted, “refused the idea that there is a right to have arms for self-defense and furthermore rejected any concept of self-defense as a human right. It also went on to say that states had a duty to engage in gun control. The kind of gun controls makes self-defense impossible.”

She called such conclusions “outrageous.” Versnel also blasted a resolution, introduced to the UN Human Rights Council, that essentially “demanded that all states institute strict civilian gun control. NGOs are starting to base their opposition to firearms on the Frey report at the expense of recognizing an individual’s right to self-defense.”

If that’s the kind of solution that the Bellingham High School students were marching for on Tuesday, gun rights activists will likely be asking that school district to make sure they offer a course on U.S. Government this fall, with a heavy emphasis on the Second Amendment, and on Washington State’s constitutional provision on the right to bear arms. Both constitutions have been around a lot longer than the U.N.

According to the Bellingham Herald, the students were joined by a couple of Open Carry activists, Robert Stratton and John Laigaie. Both men reportedly chatted with students, and were visibly armed.

The newspaper reported that the student marchers went to city hall to complain about the “unacceptable levels of gun violence in schools.” If there is an “acceptable” level of violence, nobody defined that, but one student identified as Lucy Evans told the small crowd, that “something is gravely wrong with our country and something needs to be fixed.”

But she didn’t say what that “something” is, nor did she explain how to fix it. This is the same problem with the Everytown e-mail that demands “common sense gun laws,” without going into any detail what those laws might entail.

However, the gun control agenda has been pretty well revealed over the past few years. It includes such things as “universal background checks” (that anti-gunners admit won’t prevent violent crimes), one-gun-a-month laws (that didn’t stop the Santa Barbara killer, who fatally stabbed half of his victims), magazine capacity limits (that did not prevent Rodger from shooting three people and exchanging gunfire with police), and tighter restrictions on concealed carry (Rodger and most other mass shooters never had carry permits and obviously didn’t bother with them).

Essentially, anti-gunners, whether they are part of the U.N., a Bloomberg-bankrolled “grassroots” front group, or some well-meaning albeit naïve high schoolers want the Second Amendment treated as a well-regulated privilege, rather than a constitutionally-protected fundamental civil right. Proponents of this approach must believe they can regulate a right out of existence via public discouragement.

Civil rights are funny things, of course. They don’t disappear just because someone wants them to. They appear, as did Stratton and Laigaie at Tuesday’s march, reminding people that not everyone shares the same vision of what society should be.

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