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    GOA email: UN Gun ban

    Are Members Of Congress Lying To You About The UN Threat On July 4th?

    Take action to firm up the US's resolve against an anti-gun global treaty in the works

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
    Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
    http://www.gunowners.org

    ACTION: Please urge your two U.S. Senators to cosponsor legislation by Sen. David Vitter (S. 1488) to withhold funds from the UN. Please send a message to the State Department, encouraging Secretary Condoleezza Rice and our ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, to oppose the global gun control that is being planned for July 4! Contact information and pre-written language can be found at the end of this alert.

    Wednesday, June 7, 2006

    The letter to one of our GOA members starts off innocently enough.

    "Dear Friend," it says. "Thank you for taking the time to contact me... regarding United Nations (UN) firearm regulation and protection of Second Amendment rights."

    The senator goes on to say, "As an American citizen, I believe that is of the utmost importance to protect our liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Among these is the Second Amendment."

    Sounds like one of our guys, right?

    Actually, this May 11, 2006 letter was penned by none other than one of the most anti-gun senators in the Congress -- Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI).

    What especially caught GOA's attention is that Sen. Kohl emphatically states that the UN is NOT trying to disarm us.

    "Current UN proposals do not infringe upon these [Second Amendment] rights," he says. "The State Department has assured me that 'the Convention is intended to address the problem of transnational trafficking in firearms, and is not meant to regulate the internal firearms trade' of individual nations, including the United States."

    Did Kohl really say that? And did the State Department really say that current UN proposals don't infringe upon Second Amendment rights? That the UN is only interested in stopping the international trafficking of firearms, and is not trying to infringe the rights of law-abiding citizens?

    Well, as they say on the farm: that's just horse-pucky.

    The fact is, the United Nations has ALREADY TRIED to impose mandatory gun controls for member nations. In 2001, delegates from more than 140 nations met together to hammer out various firearms restrictions. But there were a few countries -- most notably, the United States -- that resisted all efforts to discuss legally binding measures or restrictions on civilian ownership of firearms.

    The hero at that conference was our very own John Bolton, who at that time was an undersecretary for arms control at the State Department. Bolton, who is now the US ambassador to the UN, said that our country would not support any language that conflicted with the constitutional right of our citizens to keep and bear arms.

    That was the proverbial monkey wrench in the cog wheel. Without US support for mandatory restrictions, the agreement became a "voluntary" one.

    But make no mistake about it, the overwhelming majority of member nations at the UN hate the idea of civilians owning guns, and they want to bring an end to such freedoms. They despise our Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

    The leading organization that is pushing for global gun control is IANSA (International Action Network on Small Arms). They are the umbrella lobby group for all the anti-gun groups at the United
    Nations.

    IANSA is helping coordinate an international convention this July 4 to discuss, among other things, "the importance of regulating guns owned by civilians." This is the latest series of conferences where nations are putting together a global gun control treaty.

    But Sen. Kohl is either lying or is ignorant to what the UN has been up to. All he needs to do is check the IANSA website to see what the global gun grabbers are saying about the upcoming global meeting on small arms. Kohl tells his constituent that the UN "will not infringe upon the rights of U.S. citizens to bear 'firearms such as hunting rifles and pistols.'"

    But that is exactly what a majority of the UN delegates want. In its 2006 report, Bringing the Global Gun Crisis Under Control, IANSA defines small arms as "weapons that can be carried and used by an individual, for example, revolvers, pistols, rifles, shotguns, sub-machine guns and assault rifles." So, it sure sounds like they're talking about regulating the kinds of guns that average citizens own.

    IANSA laments that "there are no international guidelines to assist states in regulating gun ownership among their own citizens." So what kinds of guidelines (that is, gun restrictions) would IANSA like to see imposed in countries around the world? Consider just a sampling:

    * Registration of all firearms
    * A national system of licensing
    * Prohibition on the private ownership of military-style rifles,
    including semi-automatic variants
    * Mandatory, lock-up-your-safety storage requirements

    Thankfully, there is something that we can do about this.

    Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has introduced the Second Amendment Protection Act (S. 1488), which will "withhold funding from the United Nations if the United Nations abridges the rights provided by the Second Amendment to the Constitution."

    If the UN wants to meddle with America's internal affairs and attempt to undermine our freedoms and our U.S. Constitution, then the American taxpayer will stop paying a huge portion (22%) of the entire UN budget, something we can ill afford and which serves no great purpose at any time.

    If the UN tries to mess with us, they will pay a price for it.

    CONTACT INFORMATION:

    1. Please urge your two U.S. Senators to cosponsor the Vitter legislation (S. 1488) to withhold funds from the UN. To contact your senators, you can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send them the first pre-written message below.

    2. Please send a message to the State Department, encouraging Secretary Condoleezza Rice and our ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, to oppose these global gun controls. While there is no direct email that is available, you can contact them via phone or fax (Talking Points are provided below to assist you):

    Phone: 202-647-9572
    Fax: 202-647-2283

    ----- Pre-written letter to your Senators -----

    Dear Senator:

    I find it extremely irritating that the United Nations is holding another gun control conference from June 27 - July 7. While we are celebrating one of our most sacred national holidays on July 4, gun grabbers will be meeting on U.S. soil to discuss plans for our disarmament.

    One can find out what these international gun grabbers have planned by going to the IANSA website. As the umbrella lobby group for all the anti-gun groups at the United Nations, they have posted their agenda for all to see. They have, by no means, kept their plans secret.

    The United Nations has ALREADY TRIED to impose mandatory gun controls for member nations. In 2001, delegates from more than 140nations met together to hammer out various firearms restrictions. But at that time, it was our very own John Bolton, who said that our country would not support any language that conflicted with the
    constitutional right of our citizens to keep and bear arms.

    Primarily because of Bolton's efforts, the 2001 meeting ended without any binding measures or restrictions on civilian ownership of firearms.

    But the UN is at it again. And that's why it's essential that you support S. 1488, the Second Amendment Protection Act. This bill -- introduced by Sen. David Vitter -- will "withhold funding from the United Nations if the United Nations abridges the rights provided by the Second Amendment to the Constitution."

    If the UN wants to meddle with America's internal affairs and attempt to undermine our freedoms and our U.S. Constitution, they should pay a price for it.

    I would appreciate hearing whether you plan to cosponsor this bill. Thank you.

    Sincerely,



    ----------------------------------------------------
    -- Talking Points for State Dept. Sec. Rice and Ambassador Bolton --

    I find it extremely irritating that the United Nations is holding another gun control conference from June 27 - July 7. While we are celebrating one of our most sacred national holidays on July 4, gun grabbers will be meeting on U.S. soil to discuss plans for our disarmament.

    You both have been strong defenders of gun rights in the past. So I hope that you will do everything within your power to make sure that this great nation does not spend a single tax dollar in helping these global gun tyrants to enact a treaty putting international pressure upon the United States.

    Senator Herb Kohl is claiming that your State Department has assured him that the intentions of current UN proposals are intended to "address the problem of transnational trafficking in firearms, and is not meant to regulate the internal firearms trade" of individual nations, including the United States.

    This is just plain wrong. The United Nations has ALREADY TRIED to impose mandatory gun controls for member nations -- such as in 2001, when delegates from more than 140 nations met together to hammer out various firearms restrictions. Thankfully, that meeting ended without any binding measures or restrictions on civilian ownership of firearms.

    But the UN is at it again. IANSA, the umbrella lobby group for all the anti-gun groups at the United Nations, has not kept their plans for our country a secret. They have their agenda posted on their website, and it is available for all to see.

    Again, I hope you will stand against these plans. And please know that Americans all over this country are standing behind you and want you to stand firm against this onslaught against our rights.

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