The Vancouver Sun is reporting – perhaps inadvertently – what neighboring Washington State gun owners have long suspected, that in the eyes of a gun control advocate, all guns are potentially bad and need to be controlled.,
Kenneth Epps, with Canada’s Project Ploughshare, a non-governmental organization (NGO) recognized by the United Nations as a Canadian arms control group, was flustered yesterday when his country’s delegation threw a curveball into the U.N.’s negotiations over a proposed small arms trade treaty, discussed by this column earlier.
Epps is ballistic that Canadians want to exempt hunting rifles from the treaty language. He used this telling observation as his argument:
He said there is very little difference between a sniper rifle and a hunting rifle, and that both are dangerous in the wrong hands.—Vancouver Sun
Epps clearly represents the gun prohibition movement, though he is a bit more candid than his contemporaries on this side of the border. His observations reflect just what is wrong with a global gun control treaty, and why – as the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre made very clear during his remarks yesterday – that treaty faces an uphill fight if it ever is adopted and sent to the United States Senate for ratification.
“If the weapons are being used to kill civilians, or for criminal activity, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a sports rifle or a military rifle. From a humanitarian perspective, all firearms need to be controlled, and that’s the bottom line.”—Kenneth Epps, Canadian gun prohibitionist
Anti-gunners, frustrated at their inability to push Congress into adopting more stringent controls on firearms and twice battered by recent Supreme Court rulings that essentially demolished decades-old arguments that the Second Amendment didn’t mean what anyone with an ounce of common sense knows it means, have eyed a U.N. treaty with a hunger. Perhaps they believe that with the right administration in office, and the right Senate majority, this nation would sign an agreement that makes the Second Amendment irrelevant.
LaPierre’s remarks before the U.N. Thursday – quoted at length here – must have been painful to the ears of global gun prohibitionists, which is probably why several representatives to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) meeting reportedly left the room. Here’s more of what he told them:
Mr. Chairman, I’d be remiss i f I didn’t also discuss the politics of an ATT. For the United States to be a party to an ATT, it must be ratified by a two-thirds vote of the U.S. Senate. Some do not realize that under the U.S. Constitution, the ultimate treaty power is not the President’s power to negotiate and sign treaties; it is the Senate’s power to approve them.
To that end, it’s important for the Preparatory Committee to understand that the proposed ATT is already strongly opposed in the Senate – the very body that must approve it by a two-thirds majority. There is a letter addressed to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton that is currently being circulated for the signatures of Senators who oppose the ATT. Once complete, this letter will demonstrate that the proposed ATT will not pass the U.S. Senate.
Such remarks leave people like Epps aghast. Public disarmament, or at least stringent gun regulations that make possession of firearms nearly impossible for average citizens, cannot be possible when annoying obstacles like the U.S. Constitution get in the way. It’s that nasty old Bill of Rights thing. Us “Yanks” are rather fond of the Constitution, and will resist attempts to destroy it, which is why the authors of that document made sure to delineat our fundamental individual civil right to have guns.
This column offers a reminder to people like Epps, who may believe that a stroke of someone’s pen is going to undo more than 235 years of often stubborn independence:
All of these guns you don’t want us to have…we’ve already got them.
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