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Global Moms and Kofi Annan
May 14, 2001

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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The sweep has just gone global. Patrons of The Million Mom March have formed a pact with internationalists at the UN to accomplish what, up until the present, has seemed impossible at the domestic level. Rip the heart out of the Second Amendment.

Plans for the global initiative were unveiled at a recent news conference at UN headquarters. In classic use of "herd mentality propaganda, the endeavor was christened The Billion Mom March. It will not consist merely of a single protest march, like its forerunner, but instead will be an ongoing cyber-march via e-mail, aimed specifically at world leaders.

The public relations campaign launched by activist global moms and their internationalist allies will culminate with a UN conference on small arms, which will be held in July at UN headquarters in New York. The Billion Mom March will appear to be a spontaneous outpouring of concern from average, everyday people who have reached an apex of frustration with regard to widespread violence. Conference leaders will claim that the effort at control is intended to regulate global trade of light weapons and small arms. For the most part, the rhetoric that will flow from both camps will be disingenuous.

In reality, the conference will be an unprecedented opportunity for those who oppose the right of an individual to possess the means to defend liberty, to gather together and discuss ways in which they can undermine the sovereignty and constitutional integrity of the American system.

In the usual tradition of UN conferences, the left-fest will be pawned off as "consensus building to an unsuspecting public. But the agenda that will ultimately be agreed upon will have been established long before the event ever begins.

The objective is to bring to the United States the same "wisdom that has been placed into law in England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and other nations of the world - severe constraints on individual firearm ownership.

The UN has been preparing for this moment for years. The resolution of the General Assembly from the summer of 1995 is entitled General and Complete Disarmament: Small Arms. A small arm is defined as almost any weapon that can be carried by one person and is capable of explosively firing a deadly projectile. The broad definition includes all firearms currently on the market for legal purchase.

During the same year at a UN conference in Cairo, Egypt, a resolution was introduced to develop "a common strategy for effective control of firearms at the global level. Not one, but three major UN organizations have simultaneously been working on a gun control agenda. In various meetings, conferences and global gatherings, a legislative process of worldwide proportion has been occurring.

The UN Panel of Governmental Experts on Small Arms produced a resolution in 1998 that included recommendations to create new laws for firearms regarding storage, implicit licensing, hunting (restricting it to protection of wildlife), collector prohibitions (disallowing functioning firearms), imposition of age limits, demonstration of necessity prior to ownership and limitation of individual ownership (to one gun only).

The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice surveyed laws that regulate the ability of individuals to purchase, possess and store firearms, while the UN Disarmament Commission, created to deal with weapons of mass destruction, added trade in "small arms to its jurisdiction.

In September of 1999, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan spoke to a meeting of the Security Council and declared the UN,s commitment to global regulation of guns. He conveyed his philosophical viewpoint that "small arms and light weapons are primary tools of violence in the world and that peace hinges on limiting such tools.

The Security Council responded by issuing a statement that underscored the importance of regulating "small arms transfers.

In September of 2000, the UN hosted the Millennium Summit, which was hailed as the largest gathering of world leaders in history. The anti-gun agenda was placed into The Millennium Declaration, a manifesto for globalization.

The declaration exhorted the nations of the world to "take concerted action to end illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons, especially by making arms transfers more transparent and supporting regional disarmament measures

It also looked forward to future "recommendations of the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons, the conference slated for July.

All of these discussions have been conducted far from the watchful eyes of the very citizens whose lives would ultimately be affected. It is a conspicuous use of international organizations and instruments to bypass representative government.

Americans understand the concepts of checks and balances and separation of powers. They are aware of the importance of these ideas to the furtherance of freedom. They know that the American ideal of natural unalienable rights is supported by a profound belief in the significance of individual sovereignty.

Within our Constitution there is a point where these principles converge. The people are the ultimate check and balance to any branch, agency or person acquiring a disproportionate amount of power. It is our venerable Second Amendment that fuses the notion of constraint on government to the autonomy of the solitary citizen.

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