The United Nations is holding a Small Arms Review Conference in New York from 26 June – 7 July. Aussie researcherÂ Philip Alpers will be attending, and tells me he’ll be posting updates on his Gun Policy website.
But the conference hasn’t gone unnoticed by theÂ National Rifle Association, whichÂ is taking the Cheney approach (shoot first, ask questions later), and has set up a stopungunban.org website. Here’s a snippet:
This 4th of July, while you and your family celebrate the 230th Anniversary of the founding of our great nation, thereâ€™s one party you wonâ€™t be invited to…
…And thatâ€™s the party that Kofi Annan is throwing at United Nations headquarters in New York â€” using your tax dollars â€” for nearly fifty dictatorships, six terrorist states, governments that endorse execution based on religious faith, and a multitude of other nations from around the globe.
You see, this party isnâ€™t to honor your freedoms — but to conspire to take them away. Thatâ€™s right. Over our 4th of July holiday, while taps is played at Arlington National Cemetery to honor Americans who have sacrificed their lives for freedom…
[By the way,Â the elipses are theirs – don’t they leave you with a sense of the unsaid message between the paragraphs?]
According to the Conspirators section of the website, Australians make up 3/11 of the “leaders of the international gun-ban movement”, not to mention that the Mastermind, Rebecca Peters,Â is one of ours.
America’s an extraordinary country. Only in such a big cosmopolitan place could you have people campaigningÂ againstÂ taking AK-47s out of the hands of African kids.
By the way, did the NRA ever respond to Slate’s 2003 challenge to say whether it opposed the ban on assault weapons in Iraq?