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June 6, 2006

The UN’s war on guns

July 4 is the quintessential American holiday. It is a boisterous celebration of the birthing of the U.S. and the wonderful independence which has made our great nation the most powerful and influential country this world has ever known.

This independence could never have come about were it not for firearms. Our forefathers were liberty-hungry upstarts who utilized their skills as marksmen to overthrow an oppressive government. Knowing full well that arming of citizens is necessary for the maintenance of liberty and peace by offering the ability to fend off not only potential invaders but future oppression as well, these great men later put into law that we as Americans have an inalienable right to bear arms.

Firearms, in essence, are an integral part of Americana.

That is why it can perceived to be a slap in the face that the United Nations will be conducting its Small Arms Review Conference here, on American soil, during the July 4 holiday. The UN, which is supposedly the catalyst of universal freedom, is holding this annual conference as a means to determine methods by which to disarm common people from the world over. They want to disarm them not only of justifiably-maligned assault rifles, but also of the pistols, rifles, and shotguns which are a welcome part of leisure pursuits and are vital to the protection of home and family.

By doing so, the UN would not be making the world a safer place. Taking firearms out of the hands of citizens and leaving militaries and police-states as the only armed entities (besides criminals) takes “accountability” out of the hands of governments that have oppressive tendencies. Such dictatorial and militant regimes murdered nearly 170 million people in the last century and the only way to prevent such tyranny and maintain personal liberty is through gun ownership.

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