UN bureaucrats are currently in New York trying to negotiate a global arms trade treaty. This is the treaty that firearms expert and lawyer Solomon Friendman has told us could amount to a global gun registry and make it difficult for any non-state actor to acquire firearms.
What would that mean?
Well if this proposal is not changed, and Canada and enough other countries sign on to this, then it would become illegal under international law for anyone who isn’t the government of their respective country to get their hands on rifles or shotguns.
The plan they tell us is to crack down on the illegal arms trade for criminals and terrorists. But of course I’m not the government and you are not the government – at least we don’t act on behalf of the government of Canada, so under this plan it would become illegal for us to get our hands on rifles or shotguns?
That sounds harsh and far-fetched but there are groups in Canada like Project Ploughsares and plenty of other progressives who don’t think there is ever a legitimate need for anyone but the army or police to have guns.
Funny enough that’s also the position of many of the oppressive countries of the world, countries like Iran. Did you hear on the weekend that the Iranian delegation was elected one of the lead roles for the Arms Trade Treaty?
Iran is one of the Asian representatives along with Japan and Korea to assist the treaty president Ambassador Roberto García Moritán of Argentina.
Why would Iran like to make it more difficult to trade arms, for civilians to arm themselves? Maybe because they don’t want the marches in the streets to return and become violent enough that the regime is overthrown.
Look, is there a legitimate desire to stop terrorist groups and organized crime from getting their hands on weapons of any kind? I’m sure there is but I don’t feel confident that my rights and your rights will be protected in the meantime.
Is Iran concerned about liberty? Is Iran concerned that their citizens have the ability to defend themselves using force if necessary? I doubt that.
The Canadian delegation has put forward that any agreement must recognize the lawful use and ownership of firearms according to national laws. That’s a position blasted by the NDP, Project Ploughshares and countries that want only government ownership of guns.
A country like Iran should never be in a power position over Canada, a country like Iran should not be given any sort of recognition or authority by the UN. But this development over the weekend is not due to some sort of error, rather it is the way the United Nations operates.
Reports claim that Iran being named one of the Vice Presidents of the UN Arms Trade Treaty Diplomatic Conference was actually unanimous. That’s something we’ve asked the Foreign Affairs Department to clarify but they have been unable to. Probably because it is true.
Diplomats to the UN are interested in going along to get along and not interested enough in standing up to tyrannical regimes be it during an arms trade treaty or on any other matter.
So Iran is now a vice president of a global arms trade treaty conference even as they attempt to build nuclear weapons and continue to furnish arms to Syria – another place where the UN is failing spectacularly.
It is time to leave the UN
And that’s Byline.