The United Nations is huge beyond my comprehension. Most people think of the general assembly, the peacekeeping duties, the diplomats that try to stop war andUNICEF. Maybe they think of the humanitarian aid that goes out through the UN.
But the organization is just huge.
We’ve talked about this a bit lately what with Scooter coming to Canada and telling us that we are all fat and have food insecurity – maybe because he wants to take away our bag of Lays and have us adopt European socialism.
We’ve talked about the UN chat shop made up of countries like China – a pillar of human rights – investigating Canada’s human rights record when it comes to Omar Khadr. Then there was the lecture on refugees. Sure we take in one of the highest rates of refugees in the world on a per capita basis but because we won’t accept people from the US or Britain any longer we are big meanies.
And of course we’ve begun discussing the ridiculous sounding but absolutely real UN plan for land use control known as Agenda 21.
And with all of that, we are just scratching the surface. I went over to the UN website and even knowing it was a huge organization was astounded at how many different bodies and groups and commissions they have.
The opening of the website was cute though, it shows a globe and several langaugages, it’s a kinda kumbaya moment looking at that – all those countries getting along all thanks to the UN. Look, they even have a cute slogan – “United Nations – it’s your world.”
Sounds like a tourism slogan. Which is kind of appropriate because the UN has a tourism body to promote global tourism.
But look at all the organizations the UN has – (http://www.un.org/en/aboutun/structure/) a Population Fund, a World Food Program – which is kinda weird because the Population Fund wants fewer people on the planet but the World Food Program works real hard at keeping them all alive.
There is a commission on social development, an international court, the universal postal union, they even have a world weather office.
In all manner of ways the UN fancies itself as a government. Now don’t use the term world government, they don’t like that and it makes people that say it, like me, look crazy. But look at their system. They have bodies for international social policy, industrial policy, health and agriculture.
They even make laws.
One of the laws they are currently trying to get moving is the Arms Trade Treaty. This is an attempt to start an international gun registry. You think the one we had in Canada was expensive, wait until you hear about the global gun registry and guess what – as with all things UN, Canada not only gets to pay its share, but as a developed country – if this passes – we’ll get to pay for this system in poorer countries too!
“By its resolution 61/89, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to establish a group of governmental experts to examine the feasibility, scope and draft parameters for a comprehensive, legally binding instrument establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms,”
Now arms control and terms like conventional arms may sound spooky to some – it might remind you of Reagan and Gorbachev negotiating nuclear arms treaties in Iceland. Well this ain’t that.
This is about rifles and shotguns and pistols, oh and the ammunition that goes with each of them.
This is about making sure that we stop the large scale sale of small arms to thuggish regimes or the mob but it is also about making it harder to import a Winchester from the US to go hunting with.
Think I’m joking?
Last year Canada tried to get sporting and hunting rifles excluded from the treaty and the Harper government was blasted by the NDP and groups like Operation Ploughshare.
The United Nations is notoriously anti-gun and I would not put it past them to try and use all kinds of regulations to make guns harder to get by making them unaffordable or just not worth the hassle of the paperwork.
And remember, they view this treaty they are working on as a legally binding document.
In July gun control advocates from around the world will gather in New York to push for a tougher Arms Trade Treaty through the UN. Canada needs to make sure that its sovereignty and the rights of law abiding gun owners are protected.
And that’s the Byline.