Secretary of State John Kerry signed it, a confederation of Republican and Democratic senators oppose it, and now President Barack Obama has renewed his vow to see the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty ratified.
However, supporters of Second Amendment rights—such as the National Rifle Association—oppose the treaty because of the crippling effect it could have on the right of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms.
The treaty took effect in 2014, but 67 senators need to vote for its passage, and the Obama administration has never submitted it to the Senate. After Kerry signed on, 50 senators immediately sent a letter of concern to the president, stating the treaty was “vague and easily politicized” and warning of a nationwide gun registration.
The ‘We Don’t Want To Take Your Guns’ Lie Revealed—Again
While gun-control advocates like to say they don’t want to take away anyone’s guns, they often prove that to be just another lie by … proposing to take away someone’s guns.
Such is the case with the editorial board of The Seattle Times, which over the weekend published a doozy of an op-ed titled “Time To Ban One Of America’s Favorite Weapons.” Yes, you guessed it: The editorial board is calling for a full ban on ownership of AR-15 rifles, which the editors, in their ignorance, called “assault weapons.”
The proclamation came in support of state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s proposal this week to ban common semi-automatic rifles and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammo. The editorial board did get one thing right, though: “Such a law clearly would limit a constitutional right and should be carefully crafted,” the editors wrote, seemingly not caring a bit that they are advocating for more freedom lost.
Chicago Man Paying For Armed Neighborhood Security
A Chicago resident, concerned about violence in his neighborhood, is taking NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s statement, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” to heart.
According to a report on Breitbart.com, De Mudd has begun paying a security company to provide armed guards—mostly off-duty police officers working for the company—to patrol a portion of the Gold Coast historic district six days a week.
According to Breitbart, Mudd believes the police department is spread too thin to cover much of the city, so has spent $5,000 for security and anticipates spending $50,000. And while the security is working, he says it’s not a final fix to criminal violence. “I have solved the problem for my neighborhood, but what I’ve done is I’ve just pushed the problem to another street corner in Chicago,” Mudd told CBS Chicago. “That’s not the results that we, as citizens, should be looking for.”
Aussie Criminals Arming Up Despite Gun Ban
A new report out of Australia shines more light on the fact that gun bans only affect those willing to obey laws, not violent criminals wanting to prey on the disarmed masses.
A feature story at theage.com titled “Young, Dumb and Armed” states, “Despite Australia’s strict gun-control regime, criminals are now better armed than at any time since then-Prime Minister John Howard introduced a nationwide firearm buyback scheme in response to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.”
“They’re young, dumb and armed,” one former underworld associate, who survived a shooting attempt in the western suburbs several years ago, told the website. “It used to be that if you were involved in something bad, you might have to worry about [being shot]. Now people get shot over nothing—unprovoked.”
Well, at least Aussies can look at the bright side: All those pesky law-abiding citizens worried about self-defense aren’t armed to cause problems for the emboldened criminals.
Armed Men Rescue Woman Under Attack In Parking Lot
A woman in a Shawnee, Kan., Walmart parking lot was attacked on Sunday afternoon by two men as she was putting her baby in a car seat. After being struck in the back of the head, she began screaming, alerting two bystanders who came to her rescue.
When the first good Samaritan approached, he was shot by one of the attackers. However, a second man came to their aid, shooting and killing one of the attackers and causing the other to flee. The second attacker was arrested a short time later.
Police told The Kansas City Star that the injured rescuer was awake, alert and scheduled for surgery. The woman was hospitalized with a critical head injury, but her condition has since been upgraded to “good” and she should be released soon. The baby was unharmed.