Thursday, June 22, 2006

About that UN gun conference, watch it.

UN: Prasad Kariyawasam, chairman of a U.N. conference on the illegal small arms trade tells a helluva lie to skirt the issue as NRA members apply the pressure.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Americans mistakenly worried the United Nations is plotting to take away their guns on July 4 -- U.S. Independence Day -- are flooding the world body with angry letters and postcards, the chairman of a U.N. conference on the illegal small arms trade said on Wednesday. "I myself have received over 100,000 letters from the U.S. public, criticising me personally, saying, 'You are having this conference on the 4th of July, you are not going to get our guns on that day,'" said Prasad Kariyawasam, Sri Lanka's U.N. ambassador. "That is a total misconception as far as we are concerned," Kariyawasam told reporters ahead of the two-week meeting opening on Monday. For one, July 4 is a holiday at U.N. headquarters and the world body's staff will be watching a fireworks display from the U.N. lawn rather than attending any meetings, he said. For another, the U.N. conference will look only at illegal arms and "does not in any way address legal possession," a matter left to national governments to regulate rather than the United Nations, he added.
But wait a sec, just last year when Brazil started talking about getting a vote on banning guns, the UN was happy to lend a hand to pressure lawmakers to go ahead with a vote.
UN highlights Brazil gun crisis By Steve Kingstone BBC News, Sao Paulo More than 500,000 people have been killed by firearms in Brazil between 1979 and 2003, according to a new report by the United Nations. The study found that there were more gun-related killings in Brazil than in most war zones. Guns are the single biggest cause of death among young people in the Latin American nation, the organisation says. The UN has urged lawmakers to approve plans for a referendum in October on whether to ban the sale of firearms. Disarmament gains The UN and disarmament groups are using shocking statistics to put pressure on Brazil's parliamentarians.
The gun banners were shocked when the referendum got slammed by the voters. It is important to watch the UN anytime they start up with this nonsense because they like to hide their true intentions.

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