September 19, 2020

UN Conference Opens With Lies and Misinformation

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The UN conference on gun control opened yesterday in New York with Secretary General Kofi Annan speaking half-truths and outright lies. The Voice of America has an article this morning about the event and unfortunately they begin their article with a statement that angers most gun owners across the world. It immediately sets a bad tone for the rest of the article.

Guns kill 200,000 people a year.

Guns have never killed anyone. The idiot on the other side of the gun who pulled the trigger has killed. Some think this as nitpicking but it is essential to the argument if you truly want to curb gun violence. You have to go to the root of the problem which is stronger law enforcement and education not banning guns.

Annan continued his speech by attempting to assure the legal gun owners of the world that his interest in banning guns applies only to illicit trade.

“Small arms are easy to buy, easy to use, easy to transport and easy to conceal,” said Kofi Annan. “Their continued proliferation exacerbates conflict, sparks refugee flows, undermines the rule of law and spawns a culture of violence and impunity.”

Fortunately, there is strong opposition to the UN conference and in particular the National Rifle Association is saying that the UN’s track record shows that the ultimate long-term goal of the UN is to ban private ownership of guns worldwide.

But the two-week U.N. conference has met with a strong opposition from gun-rights activists in the United States. The National Rifle Association, which represents four million U.S. gun owners, charged that the goal of the conference was to pressure all nations to ban the individual use of firearms.

Annan countered that statement in attempting to reassure lawful gun owners.

“Mr. President, with your permission I would want to repeat, because there are people around who either have not heard this, or do not want to hear,” he said. “We are not negotiating a global ban, nor do we wish to deny law-abiding citizens their right to bear arms in accordance with their national laws.”

Yesterday was opening addresses by Kofi Annan and Prasad Karyawasam, Sri Lakan Amabassador to the UN who is presiding over the conference.

Tom Remington

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