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U.N. to host global gun-control event.
WorldNetDaily ^ | June 8, 2003 | Jon Dougherty

Posted on 06/07/2003 11:02:14 PM PDT by FairOpinion

Just days after French President Jacques Chirac called for a a global tax on individual firearms purchases, the United Nations has announced it is gearing up to sponsor a global gun-control forum next month in New York City.

The July 7-11 meeting builds on a similar forum held in 2001, in which participating nations signed a "Program of Action" to "Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects."

The Program of Action, or PoA, "sets the first global norms of good behavior to reduce small-arms proliferation," says a statement by the U.N. Small Arms Conference. "By agreeing to this document, all countries have formally committed themselves to take action" regarding the proliferation of "illicit" small arms and light weapons.

Among the provisions in the PoA agreed upon by member states:

A commitment to make "illicit gun production/possession a criminal offense"; The establishment of a national coordination agency on small arms; A pledge to identify and destroy stocks of surplus weapons; Track "officially held guns"; The notification of nations who were the original supplier of weapons when those weapons are re-exported; The marking of guns and light weapons at the point of manufacture, so they can be tracked and traced globally; and The maintenance of gun manufacture records. "The purpose of the [meeting of states] in July 2003 is for governments to report their progress and lessons learned in the first two years of implementing the PoA," said the conference statement. Groups "will make their own independent report on governments' activities, as well as showcasing the important contributions that [non-governmental organizations] themselves are making to stop gun violence."

U.N. officials did not return requests for comment before press time.

News of the gun-control event comes on the heels of statements made by some Group of 8 members who say they support a global tax on individuals for every gun purchase they make.

In a speech at the annual meeting of the G8, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pushed the arms-sales tax as a scheme whereby the world's wealthiest nations could fund efforts to eliminate world hunger, Bloomberg News reported earlier this week.

The G8 countries are U.S., UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and Russia.

Quoting the Brazilian paper Folha de S. Paulo, Bloomberg reported that Lula said such taxes would create "a global fund capable of giving food to those who are hungry and for creating the conditions to end the causes of hunger."

The idea was championed by French President Jacques Chirac, who said Lula's proposal was "forceful and convincing."

"Lula's idea is a simple one. People must be able to eat three times a day, and that is not the case today," Chirac added, according to Agence France-Presse. "This unacceptable situation must be debated."

According to CNSNews.com, Chirac also said a tax on weapons could be "quite justified."

The United Nations has a history of pushing an anti-gun agenda. As early as Sept. 24, 1999, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan called on members of the Security Council to "tackle one of the key challenges in preventing conflict in the next century" – the proliferation and "easy availability" of small arms and light weapons. Annan identified them as the "primary tools of violence" in conflicts throughout the world.

Though the terms tend to be used interchangeably, the United Nations defines small arms as weapons designed for personal use, while light weapons are those designed for several persons operating as a crew. Together, however, such weapons account for virtually every kind of firearm from revolvers, pistols, rifles, carbines and light machine guns all the way to heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, portable anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns, mortars up to 100-mm caliber, and land mines.

Just days after French President Jacques Chirac called for a a global tax on individual firearms purchases, the United Nations has announced it is gearing up to sponsor a global gun-control forum next month in New York City.

The July 7-11 meeting builds on a similar forum held in 2001, in which participating nations signed a "Program of Action" to "Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects."

The Program of Action, or PoA, "sets the first global norms of good behavior to reduce small-arms proliferation," says a statement by the U.N. Small Arms Conference. "By agreeing to this document, all countries have formally committed themselves to take action" regarding the proliferation of "illicit" small arms and light weapons.

Among the provisions in the PoA agreed upon by member states:

A commitment to make "illicit gun production/possession a criminal offense"; The establishment of a national coordination agency on small arms; A pledge to identify and destroy stocks of surplus weapons; Track "officially held guns"; The notification of nations who were the original supplier of weapons when those weapons are re-exported; The marking of guns and light weapons at the point of manufacture, so they can be tracked and traced globally; and The maintenance of gun manufacture records. "The purpose of the [meeting of states] in July 2003 is for governments to report their progress and lessons learned in the first two years of implementing the PoA," said the conference statement. Groups "will make their own independent report on governments' activities, as well as showcasing the important contributions that [non-governmental organizations] themselves are making to stop gun violence."

U.N. officials did not return requests for comment before press time.

News of the gun-control event comes on the heels of statements made by some Group of 8 members who say they support a global tax on individuals for every gun purchase they make.

In a speech at the annual meeting of the G8, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pushed the arms-sales tax as a scheme whereby the world's wealthiest nations could fund efforts to eliminate world hunger, Bloomberg News reported earlier this week.

The G8 countries are U.S., UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and Russia.

Quoting the Brazilian paper Folha de S. Paulo, Bloomberg reported that Lula said such taxes would create "a global fund capable of giving food to those who are hungry and for creating the conditions to end the causes of hunger."

The idea was championed by French President Jacques Chirac, who said Lula's proposal was "forceful and convincing."

"Lula's idea is a simple one. People must be able to eat three times a day, and that is not the case today," Chirac added, according to Agence France-Presse. "This unacceptable situation must be debated."

According to CNSNews.com, Chirac also said a tax on weapons could be "quite justified."

The United Nations has a history of pushing an anti-gun agenda. As early as Sept. 24, 1999, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan called on members of the Security Council to "tackle one of the key challenges in preventing conflict in the next century" – the proliferation and "easy availability" of small arms and light weapons. Annan identified them as the "primary tools of violence" in conflicts throughout the world.

Though the terms tend to be used interchangeably, the United Nations defines small arms as weapons designed for personal use, while light weapons are those designed for several persons operating as a crew. Together, however, such weapons account for virtually every kind of firearm from revolvers, pistols, rifles, carbines and light machine guns all the way to heavy machine guns, grenade launchers, portable anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns, mortars up to 100-mm caliber, and land mines.

"Even in societies not beset by civil war, the easy availability of small arms has in many cases contributed to violence and political instability," said Annan "Controlling that easy availability is a prerequisite for a successful peace-building process."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: arms; bang; g8summit; global; globaltax; guncontrol; hungry; lula; trade; un; unitednations
"Even in societies not beset by civil war, the easy availability of small arms has in many cases contributed to violence and political instability," said Annan "Controlling that easy availability is a prerequisite for a successful peace-building process." ---

I guess the massacre in Congo is the fault of the guns which just rise up by themselves and start killing people, that's why UN failed.. (/sarcasm)

That is why they think it's more important to hold a gun control conference, than to stop the massacre in Congo.

And of course the last thing Kofi cares about is our 2nd Amendment. I just hope that our Congress will remember that they work for the American People, not the UN.

1 posted on 06/07/2003 11:02:14 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
Any TRT members and Freepers ready to go to the Big Apple again?
2 posted on 06/07/2003 11:12:01 PM PDT by Militiaman7
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To: FairOpinion; Billthedrill; big ern
.308 = The Number of Situps Koffi Annan could complete in the field in front of my house.

Sounds like it's time to bring back "Buy a Gun Day!"

3 posted on 06/07/2003 11:17:57 PM PDT by 11B3 (We live in "interesting times". Indeed.)
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To: 11B3
Sounds like it's time to bring back "Buy a Gun Day!"

And it also sounds like we better get out of the UN, while we still have our guns.

4 posted on 06/07/2003 11:25:01 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
Why are we still in this corrupt, global government wanna be? Get us out of the UN NOW.
5 posted on 06/07/2003 11:29:55 PM PDT by ETERNAL WARMING
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To: FairOpinion
Great idea, World WarIII is underway and the UN says to disarm. What a bunch of morons.
6 posted on 06/07/2003 11:30:06 PM PDT by John Lenin (Government does not solve problems, it subsidizes them)
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To: John Lenin
I personally sold off my guns.
The ones I had "officially in my name".
7 posted on 06/07/2003 11:32:45 PM PDT by Fredsterman (How you ask?)
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To: FairOpinion
Globalism SPOTREP
8 posted on 06/07/2003 11:34:20 PM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: LiteKeeper
"Globalism SPOTREP "
--

Pardon me, this may be a dumb question, but what does SPOTREP mean?

Does it mean that you keep track of globalism related articles and if I post something on that topic I should ping you, or does SPOTREP stand for something different?
9 posted on 06/07/2003 11:51:00 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: lainie; Shooter 2.5
Ping.
10 posted on 06/08/2003 12:00:33 AM PDT by Graewoulf
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To: FairOpinion
I notice the UN is NOT calling for the disarmament of all the Third World tyrannies that comprise it's membership.

Thanks UN, but no thanks. You're one of the reasons why I keep and bear arms.

11 posted on 06/08/2003 1:51:33 AM PDT by 10mm
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To: FairOpinion
Pardon me, this may be a dumb question, but what does SPOTREP mean?

Designed to provide spot TV decision-makers with timely information about the expanding capabilities of interconnects to effectively target consumers in major markets throughout the U.S.

Guide To Cable Interconnects

From a google search /lol/

12 posted on 06/08/2003 2:32:20 AM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (ONLY DEAD FISH...... "GO WITH THE FLOW")
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To: FairOpinion
SPOTREP = Spot Report, a report of an activity or event given by an observer. Part of the mosaic that creates the complete picture.
13 posted on 06/08/2003 4:12:47 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: FairOpinion
Track "officially held guns";

Wonder who is tracking the unlicensed, unregistered, fully automatic MP5s that Kofi's bodyguards walk around NYC with.

14 posted on 06/08/2003 4:24:51 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: TC Rider
This tax is not about feeding the hungry it is about GUN CONTROL. The hungry would get fed IF the administrations of these third world countries would actually hand out the food we provide them with to their populations, instead of selling it on the black market to enrich their own pockets.
15 posted on 06/08/2003 4:58:30 AM PDT by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: Militiaman7
If there are any groups going from here in Indiana, I'd be happy to ride along.
16 posted on 06/08/2003 6:28:23 AM PDT by Enemy Of The State (Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.)
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To: FairOpinion
"Even in societies not beset by civil war, the easy availability of small arms has in many cases contributed to violence and political instability," said Annan</STRIKE Anus

"Controlling that easy availability is a prerequisite for a successful peace-building process."

No, it is a prerequisite for a successful elimination of National Sovereignty

17 posted on 06/08/2003 6:31:24 AM PDT by Enemy Of The State (Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.)
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To: Enemy Of The State
"Even in societies not beset by civil war, the easy availability of small arms has in many cases contributed to violence and political instability," said Annan Anus

"Controlling that easy availability is a prerequisite for a successful peace-building process."

No, it is a prerequisite for a successful elimination of National Sovereignty

 

18 posted on 06/08/2003 6:32:41 AM PDT by Enemy Of The State (Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.)
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To: FairOpinion; AMERICAN BYTHE GRACEOF GOD; TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!

The United Nations Wants to Take Your Gun!
Click Picture

Civilian Disarmament

"We strongly endorse community initiatives ... to encourage the disarming of civilians...."

- Our Global Neighborhood, 
published in 1995 by the UN-funded 
Commission on Global Governance.


19 posted on 06/08/2003 8:27:23 AM PDT by Coleus (God is Pro Life and Straight http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/notify?detach=1)
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To: FairOpinion
Ah, the UN Stalinists are at it again, and I see that their usual tactics are at work. Disarming the world will "help feed" starving people, they say. Disarming the world and concentrating military power in the hands of nation states will "decrease violence" against civilians.

No. Their tactics are transparent. They're interested in disarming civilians so that they can control them; they're interested in disarming civilian populations so that liberal democracies will be brought to heel by destroying law and order.

20 posted on 06/08/2003 9:58:42 AM PDT by Reactionary
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To: FairOpinion
I am a retired Army officer (artillery, MI, and chaplain). I have the privilege of teaching several classes in Colorado Springs to high school, college, and adults on comparative worldviews (biblical vs secular), as well as an inductive study of Genesis 1-11. As I read the various threads, some impress me as good for illustrating different worldviews. So, using some Army terminology, I mark "incidents" as "SPOTREPS" (spot report) and "descriptions of the current world scene" as "SITREPs" (situation reports). When I get home, I download these SPOTREPs and SITREPs to a database for future use.

Does that help?

21 posted on 06/08/2003 12:53:20 PM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: LiteKeeper
Thanks. I have seen that in posts and I always wondered, and decided to finally ask.
22 posted on 06/08/2003 1:06:27 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: Coleus
bump & thanks for the ping
23 posted on 06/08/2003 2:17:53 PM PDT by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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To: bang_list
bttt
24 posted on 06/08/2003 5:19:32 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe (Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don't)
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