We, the citizens, will not trust or support any politician or political appointee that does not trust us.
Gun control activists put their strongest foot forward in 2013 and fortunately accomplished little more than uniting the Second Amendment enthusiasts. They did manage to institute their draconian laws in certain states or regions, but we proved our strength and ability to recall oppressive politicians in Colorado and sent a clear message. The 2014 midterm elections will prove even more important to our cause.
Internationally, the trend may also be going in our favor, although it gets less attention. Recently, Cheaper Than Dirt! reported efforts to ratify the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that would regulate the sale of small arms and de facto suppress our Second Amendment rights. Fortunately, that has not gained traction domestically—as I am sure you already know. However, international gun control efforts are also seeing a ground swell of opposition, which has not been reported as widely.
The latest group to join the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR) comes out of France. IAPCAR recently announced the French gun rights group National Union of Owners Arms Hunting and Shooting (UNPACT) have joined the international coalition of 29 associations in 21 countries dedicated to defending civilian firearms rights.
A great defender of our freedoms and the Second Amendment is the Second Amendment Foundation. Recently, SAF reported on efforts from our fellow enthusiasts across the pond. The words and ideologies need diffusing here domestically. Of particular note—and a message we all need to spread—is that we, the citizens, will not trust or support any politician or political appointee that does not trust us. This is not a new message, but it cuts to the quick, and states it more plainly than simple statements
UNPACT’s membership in the civilian arms rights coalition expands European membership to 11 groups from 11 separate EU and non-EU countries.
“We’re on the side of everyday people in all countries that wish to exercise their right to use firearms for legitimate purposes, including self-defense,” IAPCAR’s Executive Director Philip Watson said. “We’re very pleased to have UNPACT as our newest ally in the fight against extremist groups and individuals attempting to diminish firearms and self-defense rights.”
Gilles Proffit, UNPACT’s Secretary General recently issued a statement critical of an EU ‘White Paper’ proposing new regulatory schemes aimed at curtailing the legitimate ownership of commonly used firearms.
“European citizens cannot and shall not any further trust people, be they designated or elected, who do not trust them,” Proffit said. “They have long memories and will remind voters in all EU countries of this incredible matter in due course every time a national or European ballot comes up.”
IAPCAR Director Julianne Versnel, who is also the Second Amendment Foundation’s Director of Operations, submitted testimony to the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) meeting in March objecting to the exclusion of civilian arms rights from the ATT. “Nothing that is in an Arms Trade Treaty should affect a woman’s right to defend herself,” Versnel told delegates.
The IAPCAR civilian arms rights coalition focused on opposition to the ATT, which passed the U.N. General Assembly and made available for countries to sign on June 3. The ATT does not acknowledge or protect civilian arms rights or recognize the right to self-defense in its enforceable language.
The International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (www.iapcar.org) is the only worldwide political action group focusing on the human right to keep and bear arms. Founded in 2010, IAPCAR has grown to 29 major gun-rights organizations in 21 countries and conducts campaigns designed to inform the public and promote the right of self-defense and gun-ownership.