Not taking lightly gun control efforts at the local and state level the National Rifle Association views with disdain such efforts at the national level.
But when international proposals are present at a United Nations forum, the NRA - as a non-governmental organization (NGO) becomes far more suspicious.
The NRA's Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre addressed the United Nations earlier this week during the international discussion on ways to stop the illegal trade in small arm weapons.
However, as the NRA points out, virtually all of the proposals would gut the heart and soul of the United State's Second Amendment right to buy, own and use firearms, including for self defense.
Thus LaPierre informed the U.N. to "not interfere with the Second Amendment freedoms of Americans" and further pledged to continue the fight to preserve civilian ownership of firearms in the U.S.
He said the NRA will oppose any U.N. provision that seeks to prohibit or regulate U.S. civilian firearm ownership.
LaPierre said in his remarks, "The cornerstone of our freedom is the Second Amendment. Neither the United Nations, nor any other foreign influence, has the authority to meddle with the freedoms guaranteed by our Bill of Rights, endowed by our Creator, and due to all humankind."
He then went on by a point-by-point look at the various proposals and why the U.N. cannot be trusted on this issue.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn