Friday, February 24, 2012

UN Still After Your Guns - In Major Preparation Underway For Their "Arms Trade Treaty" Implementation


The UN is ramping up their gun control efforts. They concluded a meeting in preparation of their plans for an Arms Trade Agreement, and at that meeting, the idea was put forth that transfers of arms and ammunition to "non-state actors" should be specifically banned by the Treaty. The UN says that, "An eclectic set of national and regional control measures on arms transfers exists, but the absence of such an international framework has unnecessarily obscured transparency and trust." Their aim is to complete the Treaty by the end of this year. 

The UN claims that this treaty will not infringe on your Second Amendment Rights. But, organizations that are the "Brand Names," the names you recognize in American gun rights control efforts, are all full members of IANSA, an international gun control organization pushing this Treaty. IANSA is committed to taking action on gun control locally and worldwide. This international organization is actively supporting and spearheading the UN Treaty.  

Its easy to see how an “International” efforts to control arms transfers could be applied to United States Arms Transfers. 
A major part of the UN thrust is to use arms transfers controls to “control crime.” The UN pointed out in their meeting that many children who lose fathers to gun violence suddenly have mothers who become their sole providers. This sounds a lot like the streets of Chicago and Trenton, New Jersey too, doesn’t it? That's an emotional appeal that hasn't worked here...yet. They are also trying to make this Treaty a Center for Disease Control type "Health Issue" as is being attempted already here.

Here's what the United Nations had to say on their website about that meeting. 

"The heads of several United Nations bodies with humanitarian, human rights and development mandates today called for a comprehensive arms trade treaty that will make people across the world safer by reducing the human cost of inadequate controls on weapons transfers. Speaking ahead of the final preparatory meeting of the UN Diplomatic Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, which will be held in July, the officials took note of efforts at national and regional levels to regulate the trade in conventional weapons, but pointed out that “the current patchwork of controls is simply not adequate.”

“The human cost of such inadequate controls, and the corresponding widespread availability and misuse of weapons, is unacceptably high,” they said in a joint press statement.

The envisaged Arms Trade Treaty should meet the following criteria, according to the group of senior UN officials:

  It must require States to assess the risk that serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law may be committed with the weapons being transferred.

  Secondly, it must include within its scope all conventional weapons, including small arms.

  The treaty must also include ammunition within its scope.

It must ensure that there are no loopholes by covering all types of transfers, including activities such as transit, trans-shipment, as wells as loans and leases. They pointed out that at end of 2010, an estimated 27.5 million people were internally displaced as a result of conflict, while millions more have sought refuge abroad. In many cases the armed violence that drove them from their homes was fuelled by the widespread availability and misuse of weapons.
Between 2000 and 2010, more than 780 humanitarian workers were killed in armed attacks and a further 689 were injured, they added.

The value of the global authorized trade in small arms and light weapons and their ammunition is estimated at over $7 billion per year, according to the officials.
The statement was issued on behalf of Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs; Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP); António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees; Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF); and Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights."


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