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Monday, October 29, 2007

Guns, Human Rights, and the Second Amendment

David E. Petzal, Field & Stream's Gun Nut, passes along a message from Fred Thompson's campaign on the U.N.'s Sub-Commission on Human Rights and their disregard for a right to self-defense. This is definitely the first time I've seen a presidential candidate/campaign cite Hugo Grotius, so it's worth reading just for that. This is where I insert a teaser:

"There is another disturbing aspect to this call for international global gun control. Throughout modern history, the forced disarmament of people by its government has often been accompanied or followed by that government’s commission of often massive human rights abuses. In fact, no genocide in the 20th century occurred when the victim population still possessed small arms, legally or illegally, with which to defend themselves.

So now the UN wants to disarm civilians? Where was the UN when the massacres in Rwanda occurred? What did the UN do to protect the victims of ethnic massacres in Bosnia? Disarming civilians under the guise of international human rights law will only lead to more such genocides by ensuring that civilians can never defend themselves! It would be funny if it weren’t so perverse. "


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