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Wayne LaPierre Fights for the Second Amendment Before the United Nations
NRA-ILA ^ | July 11, 2012 | Wayne LaPierre

Posted on 07/11/2012 2:40:13 PM PDT by neverdem

Mr. President, thank you for this brief opportunity to address this conference. I am Wayne LaPierre and for 21 years now, I have served as Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association of America.

The NRA is the largest and most active firearms rights organization in the world, with four million members who represent 100 million law-abiding Americans who own firearms.

On behalf of those 100 million American gun owners, I am here to announce NRA’s strong opposition to anti-freedom policies that disregard American citizens’ right to self-defense.

No foreign influence has jurisdiction over the freedoms our Founding Fathers guaranteed to us.

We will not stand idly by while international organizations, whether state-based or stateless, attempt to undermine the fundamental liberties that our men and women in uniform have fought so bravely to preserve – and on which our entire American system of government is based.

For six years, the NRA has closely monitored this effort for an Arms Trade Treaty.

We have watched with increasing concern and, one year ago, I delivered to the Preparatory Committee our objections to including civilian arms in the ATT. I said then … and I will repeat now … that the only way to address NRA’s objections is to simply and completely remove civilian firearms from the scope of the treaty.

That is the only solution. On that there will be no compromise. American gun owners will never surrender our Second Amendment freedom. Period.

Our Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment so Americans would never have to live in tyranny.

For any foreign entity to attempt to encroach on that great freedom is offensive to every American who has ever breathed our free air, or who has ever used a firearm to fend off an evil attacker – whether a criminal breaking into their home, or in defense of their family against a tyrant halfway around the world.

Our Second Amendment is freedom’s most valuable, most cherished, most irreplaceable idea. History proves it. When you ignore the right of good people to own firearms to protect their freedom, you become the enablers of future tyrants whose regimes will destroy millions and millions of defenseless lives.

Without apology, the NRA wants no part of any treaty that infringes on the precious right of lawful Americans to keep and bear arms.

Let there be no confusion. Any treaty that includes civilian firearms ownership in its scope will be met with the NRA’s greatest force of opposition.

Mr. President, there are those who believe that merely excluding civilian firearms from the ATT preamble will be sufficient.

Let me state – in the clearest possible terms – that it is not. A preamble to a treaty has no force of law. We know that, and a strong bipartisan majority of the United States Senate and House of Representatives know it as well.

Any Arms Trade Treaty must be adopted by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate, which has 100 members. Already, 58 Senators have objected to any treaty that includes civilian arms, and a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives also opposes such a treaty.

The NRA represents hundreds of millions of Americans who will never surrender our fundamental firearms freedom to international standards, agreements, or consensus.

America will always stand as a symbol of freedom and the overwhelming force of a free, armed citizenry to protect and preserve it.

On behalf of all NRA members and American gun owners, we are here to announce that we will not tolerate any attack – from any entity or organization whatsoever – on our Constitution or our fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Thank you.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; armstradetreaty; att; banglist; donttreadonme; elections; nobama2012; nodemocrats2012; obama; secondamendment; shallnotbeinfringed; soros; tyranny; un; unatt; willnotbeinfringed; youwillnotdisarmus
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1 posted on 07/11/2012 2:40:24 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

What are the odds that this tready actually get ratified?

I don’t know what all is involved,


2 posted on 07/11/2012 2:42:25 PM PDT by Carbonsteel
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To: Carbonsteel
give Obama four more years and he and his czars will find a way to by pass Senate ratification and make it law. - NOBAMA
3 posted on 07/11/2012 2:48:15 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: neverdem

Excellent. Thanks for the post neverdem.


4 posted on 07/11/2012 2:49:54 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Carbonsteel

“What are the odds that this tready actually get ratified?”

It’s pretty high stakes for the antis, so there will be lots of pressure, threats, money, tricks involved to make it happen.

I suspect the treaty will be as effective as the ones banning traffic in heroin and cannabis, but it will do wonders for dictators. It will be hard for good guys to arm up and easy for government-based oppressors (which just might be the goal considering that Iran is leading the effort).


5 posted on 07/11/2012 2:50:40 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: neverdem

“Let there be no confusion. Any treaty that includes civilian firearms ownership in its scope will be met with the NRA’s greatest force of opposition.”

I sincerely hope the word “greatest” refers to full metal jacket?


6 posted on 07/11/2012 2:54:49 PM PDT by tickedoffnow (No more...)
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To: Carbonsteel

Well..., what were the odds we’d sign off on international bodies that would make decisions on our behalf, only the U. S. Congress was authorized to make? GATT, NAFTA, the WTO, and the ICC come to mind.

Unfortunately we have a long tradition of nullifying parts of our Constitution, so I’m not making any rosy predictions concerning this treaty.

Is our president protecting the states from invasion. Is posse comitatus invalidated by the direction that an army division will be assigned to operate on United States soil?

Is our federal government permitted to create a federal police force?

If they want to, our leaders will find a way to bend us over and their way with us.


7 posted on 07/11/2012 2:56:22 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Remove all Democrats from the Republican party, and we won't have much Left, just a lot of Right.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Is our president protecting the states from invasion. Is posse comitatus invalidated by the direction that an army division will be assigned to operate on United States soil?

Is our federal government permitted to create a federal police force?

The politicians got around both these points decades ago when they started allowing police departments to arm themselves with military hardware.

8 posted on 07/11/2012 3:02:15 PM PDT by Carbonsteel
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To: Carbonsteel

With no-knock raids, you’re quite accurate there.

I will say, that they make no pretense about Posse Comitatus any longer. They are brazen about it.


9 posted on 07/11/2012 3:05:26 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Remove all Democrats from the Republican party, and we won't have much Left, just a lot of Right.)
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To: neverdem

The earliest bumper sticker I ever saw was “Get US out of UN.


10 posted on 07/11/2012 3:08:21 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: neverdem

Given that people can make AK-47 clones in the Pakistani Tribal Areas under Third World conditions, what level of stupidity does it take to assume that any “small arms” embargo can work against a country?


11 posted on 07/11/2012 3:10:51 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: DoughtyOne
The other salient point here is that George Soros has pulled out the stops to get this treaty signed and ratified. We have us and the NRA and they have George Soros and all of his leftist slimes.

We better take this fight seriously.

12 posted on 07/11/2012 3:12:28 PM PDT by Chainmail (Warfare is too serious to be left to the amateurs)
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To: neverdem

Romney could score alot of points with conservatives/gun owners/sane individuals if he got the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US.
Romney could do A LOT of things that would make him an instant HERO.
Why do I fear he will not...?


13 posted on 07/11/2012 3:17:58 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: Leep

“Romney could score alot of points with conservatives/gun owners/sane individuals if he got the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US.”

He could score huge if he adressed this treaty and all of the ramifications right now. I lived under Mitt’s reign and he’s squishy at best on 2nd amendment issues. He should be throwing this right in the Emporer Jones’ face and make everybody show their cards.


14 posted on 07/11/2012 3:25:38 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: neverdem
Patrick Henry argued (paraphrasing); if they control the purse (they, meaning the government and they have controlled the purse since 1913) and we have no firearms and they exact tyranny upon us, what shall we do, just tell them to stop???
15 posted on 07/11/2012 3:26:03 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: neverdem

Thank you Wayne, now they can turn their hearing aids back on.


16 posted on 07/11/2012 3:29:43 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: Stormdog

he’s squishy at best on 2nd amendment issues


This, ammoung MANY other things, why folk’s question Romney’s conversion? to conservatism. Shouldn’t he be convincing us he’s got our back?

Ugh.


17 posted on 07/11/2012 3:32:21 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: Leep

“Shouldn’t he be convincing us he’s got our back?”

Damn straight. But somebody’s got to put it on him. You and I talking about it on an FR post isn’t going to do it. Somebody somewhere with enough juice has got to lay it in his lap so that he can’t escape it.

Then, of course, there’s the alternative...

G*d save us.


18 posted on 07/11/2012 3:41:51 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: tickedoffnow

Civilians aren’t bound by military rules. I am thinking controlled expansion soft point .....


19 posted on 07/11/2012 3:44:51 PM PDT by Quickgun (Second Amendment. The only one you can put your hands on.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Almost makes a guy want to aim a claymore at the front door, assuming he had such a beast.


20 posted on 07/11/2012 3:53:11 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: neverdem
"Let there be no confusion. Any treaty that includes civilian firearms ownership in its scope will be met with the NRA’s greatest force of opposition."

This is where Wayne needed a Charlton Heston moment:

"Let there be no confusion. The American Revolution began with the famous "Shot heard 'round the World" when a very unpopluar government attempted to disarm the American Colonists. Any treaty that includes civilian firearms ownership in its scope that results in the attempt, overtly or inadvertantly, to in any way infringe upon the Second Amendment Right of the American people will be met with the same result experienced by the soldiers of King George III on April 19, 1775."

21 posted on 07/11/2012 4:20:30 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: neverdem
"Our Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment so Americans would never have to live in tyranny."

Bears repeating.

22 posted on 07/11/2012 4:39:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: neverdem; Joe Brower
Let there be no confusion. Any treaty that includes civilian firearms ownership in its scope will be met with the NRA’s greatest force of opposition.

Weasel word alert! Americans must have access to assault weapons, .50 cal, whatever it takes to stop a tyrannical assault we must have. This isn't about home defense weapons Mr. LaPierre, it is about a national militia consisting of every able-bodied person, and then some.

23 posted on 07/11/2012 4:50:29 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: neverdem; Carry_Okie; CodeToad; Sal
Any Arms Trade Treaty must be adopted by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate, which has 100 members.
I simply can't believe he doesn't know better!

@ PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE 106th CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION

S10667

The PRESIDING OFFICER. A division has been requested.
Senators in favor of the ratification of this treaty, please raise their hand. (After a pause.) Those opposed will raise their hands.
With two-thirds of the Senators present having voted in the affirmative, the resolution of ratification is agreed to.
Mr. THOMAS. I thank the Presiding Officer, the Senator from West Virginia, and the clerk.
By the way, just for information, these treaties were all approved by the Foreign Relations Committee on October 4 and 5.

2/3 of Congress wasn't there. Those present voted for the ratification. The quorum call was rescinded with no objection.

He better figure it out PDQ or he's going to suffer a serious let down.

24 posted on 07/11/2012 4:54:54 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Quickgun; tickedoffnow

Nosler ballistic tips.

Test some out on UN turkeys.

I guarantee sh!+, guts, and feathers everywhere.


25 posted on 07/11/2012 5:11:14 PM PDT by bigheadfred (MY PET TAPEWORM OBIWAN IS AN INSANE MILITARY HATING LEFTIST)
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To: philman_36; neverdem
There is no way Wayne LaPierre is that stupid.

I've always regarded the NRA membership list as backdoor gun-owner registration.

26 posted on 07/11/2012 5:23:16 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: wardaddy; Joe Brower; Cannoneer No. 4; Criminal Number 18F; Dan from Michigan; Eaker; Jeff Head; ...
Congressmen Urge The UN To Trample The US Constitution

Feds completely shut down long gun info collection (Canada)

Global Warming Punched Up Some 2011 Weather Extremes (Where's climate change?)

Coral Reef Scientists Issue Call for Action (Agitprop alert!)

Some noteworthy articles about politics, foreign or military affairs, IMHO, FReepmail me if you want on or off my list.

27 posted on 07/11/2012 5:28:35 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: elpadre

0bama will plagiarize its text, rename it the ‘Fast & Furious Act’ and implement it with an Executive Order.


28 posted on 07/11/2012 5:42:43 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: philman_36

Sure looks like we’re going to have to be sitting on these sidebars for the duration to get the truth in early enough to inform others effectively.


29 posted on 07/11/2012 5:52:50 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: neverdem
Admiral Yamamoto of Japan, in WWII knew that the Japanese could not invade America because he said something to the effect that behind every tree was an American with a gun. Our enemies know that we too are still armed and we can fight back and not be a pasty for them. The UN cannot put their one world government in place until the USA has come under their control. That means no guns in private hands. The day the world is allowed to tell this Republic what too do and our government starts taking up all guns, is the day this Republic dies, or a massive civil war breaks out and the Obamanation’s private army starts house by house, according to registration records, to hit us one by one and take our guns by force. They will tear our homes apart stick by stick until they are satisfied they have them all. Then walk away laughing and leaving your property destroyed and you in jail for not turning them in when you were ordered to do so. Only disarmed will America finally fall.
30 posted on 07/11/2012 6:11:32 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (You can almost hear the footsteps of Jesus. He is right at the door!)
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To: Trod Upon

Just make sure the business side of it faces the enemy.


31 posted on 07/11/2012 6:11:51 PM PDT by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: RetiredArmy
Good evening. Just one small edit...

Then walk away laughing and leaving your property destroyed and you jail dead for not turning them in when you were ordered to do so.

There, fixed it.

5.56mm

32 posted on 07/11/2012 6:17:48 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: tickedoffnow

This actually pushed me to join the NRA and also email everyone involved. Great job NRA... Stand fast!


33 posted on 07/11/2012 6:24:48 PM PDT by kas7351
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To: Carry_Okie
Sure looks like we’re going to have to be sitting on these sidebars for the duration to get the truth in early enough to inform others effectively.
Somebody needs to monitor The Executive Calendar every day after this gets signed to track when it comes up for vote.
At least there would be a 24 hour period to spread the word that the treaty was coming up for a vote.
34 posted on 07/11/2012 6:43:10 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Carry_Okie
...to get the truth...

You and I both know it's going to get signed no matter what's in it.

35 posted on 07/11/2012 6:46:36 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36

What did we expect from the NRA, the organization that gave us every single major gun control bill for over 100 years?


36 posted on 07/11/2012 7:14:16 PM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: Carbonsteel

“I don’t know what all is involved,”

Oabama sings it then the Senate forms at least 51 members and at least 2/3rds , 34 total, must agree to it. Of course, the Senate has been known to break their 51 member quorum rule. I suspect Obama wouldn’t sign it unless he had a means to get Senate approval.


37 posted on 07/11/2012 7:16:35 PM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: CodeToad
Oabama sings it...
A treaty I did sign, a treaty I did sign. Hi-ho, the derry-o, a treaty I did sign.

I couldn't help myself. {;^)

38 posted on 07/11/2012 7:49:33 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: neverdem

Good words, but I’m sure they fell on deaf ears in that abominable place!


39 posted on 07/11/2012 8:21:05 PM PDT by LUV W (Never forget...WE have THEM surrounded! ~ Rush Limbaugh)
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To: neverdem

I am an NRA life member. Are you a member? The NRA is the only one standing for your gun rights against tyranny.God bless the NRA and Wayne LaPierre. If you want to keep your guns you should join the NRA.


40 posted on 07/11/2012 8:43:35 PM PDT by texhenry
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To: philman_36

Funny thing, I can actually imagine him skipping through the Whitehut like a little kid doing just that.


41 posted on 07/11/2012 8:44:02 PM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: neverdem

He doesn’t need to fight the UN. Ignore them. Ignore anything they say or command. Their rules have no force of law here.

If ANY government- ours or theirs - tries to disarm the citizenry, we will be fools to comply.

Simply say NO to any more gun laws of any kind.

Were I to have any weapons that are deemed at some time in the future to be illegal to have in my possession, I will simply ignore any such law as it is against my GOD GIVEN rights, which also just happen to be spelled out in the U.S. constitution.

At some point REAL MEN have to say “No, I will not submit”.

Period. No begging, no pleading, no deal-making.

I will not submit.


42 posted on 07/11/2012 8:56:23 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: neverdem

Why is he appealing to the United Nations? Isn’t that lending credibility to this absurdity. What do they care about the 2nd Amendment. Doesn’t that only apply to citizens of the US? Why would China or Russia want to uphold our right to bear arms? Am I missing somethng here?


43 posted on 07/11/2012 9:00:04 PM PDT by kempster
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To: CodeToad

With a big, toothy grin plastered on his face!


44 posted on 07/11/2012 9:03:50 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


45 posted on 07/11/2012 9:20:41 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem
Why in hell would LaPierre honor this American hating organization by lending credence and legitimacy to them by showing up at their club house?

Gezzz...

46 posted on 07/11/2012 9:22:58 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Chainmail

I agree...


47 posted on 07/11/2012 9:25:36 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Remove all Democrats from the Republican party, and we won't have much Left, just a lot of Right.)
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To: Trod Upon

I’d settle for the building being evacuated and sold to a developer.

The U. N. is so corrupt it soils Western nations stupid enough to play along.


48 posted on 07/11/2012 9:31:54 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Remove all Democrats from the Republican party, and we won't have much Left, just a lot of Right.)
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To: kempster
Why is he appealing to the United Nations? Isn’t that lending credibility to this absurdity. What do they care about the 2nd Amendment. Doesn’t that only apply to citizens of the US? Why would China or Russia want to uphold our right to bear arms? Am I missing somethng here?

Absolutely.

The man is a GD idiot.

49 posted on 07/11/2012 9:32:00 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: elpadre

50 posted on 07/11/2012 9:39:29 PM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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