Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Gun News

Delegations from almost 200 countries convened at the United Nations this month to come up with a new treaty that would regulate international trade in conventional weapons. The effort, supported by the Obama administration, has very vocal opposition: the American gun lobby.

Read the article: U.S. News & World Report

For the past decade international anti gun groups have attempted to impose registration requirements, ban gun sales, track ammunition purchases, and create a United Nations gun control bureaucracy.  This past Monday, July 2, the United Nations General Assembly quietly convened their conference on the Arms Trade Treaty. This conference, as well as the United Nations itself, poses two of the most serious threats to American gun owners and their constitutional Second Amendment rights. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has worked hard and tirelessly to support these rights, and up to this point the NRA has been the sole defender of them. Preparations for the Conference of 2012 have been under way since 2006, and the purpose of this conference is to put the finishing touches on the language of the International Arms Trade Treaty.  It could be ready for international ratification by as early as late summer.

Read the article: The Neosho Daily News (Mo.)

A recent spike in crime on a university campus in Atlanta has renewed the debate about students being allowed to carry guns.
Robert Eager and Kyle Wilkins are leading the charge to bring guns to Georgia Tech's campus with their campaign Students for Concealed Carry.
"When crime picked up on campus I took it personally, really," Eager said. "If you are being threatened walking to and from your apartment when you should be concerned about your school work, that's a problem, and that is something we need to work on."

Read the article: WTVM (Columbus, Ga.)

Federal officials in Arizona announced that they were seeking four more suspects in the fatal shooting of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and that the FBI was offering a $1 million reward to track down the fugitives, believed to be in Mexico.
The revelations came Monday when federal prosecutors unsealed a grand jury indictment in Tucson that accuses a total of five people in the December 2010 shooting. One is in custody. A sixth defendant, also in custody, is charged with conspiracy related to robbery but not with Terry's death.
Authorities said the six were members of a "rip off crew" of Mexican bandits preying on illegal drug couriers in a remote canyon just north of the U.S. Mexico border. Terry and his Border Patrol team happened upon them. He was killed in a firefight that began with U.S. agents firing bean bags and ended with the bandits firing semiautomatic weapons, authorities said. Two of their firearms, both AK 47s, were recovered and traced to the federal Fast and Furious gun tracking operation.

Read the article: The Los Angeles Times

Obama administration officials must remind each other daily that they will never have to accept responsibility for anything that goes wrong on their watch as long as they can find some way to blame their troubles on George W. Bush.
So it should surprise no one that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and the administration's surrogates are vociferously claiming that Operation Fast and Furious, the gun walking scandal run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is all Mr. Bush's fault. Fast and Furious was a program that resulted in Congress holding Mr. Holder in contempt for lying, put a couple thousand guns into the hands of Mexican drug gangs and led to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and as many as 200 Mexicans.

Read the article: The Washington Times

The American people finally have heard of Brian Terry. He is the best known victim of Fast and Furious, an Obama administration conventional weapons proliferation program. Between November 2009 and January 2011, Team Obama arranged for licensed firearms dealers to sell guns to straw buyers, who transferred them to known violent criminals in Mexico. Two of these firearms, AK 47s, were found near Rio Rico, Ariz., where suspected smugglers fatally shot Terry, a 40 year old former Marine, on December 15, 2010.
"I do not fear death," Terry once wrote. "I do fear the loss of my honor, and would rather die fighting than have it said I was without courage."
While Brian Terry is the most visible victim of this notorious policy, he is not its sole casualty.

Read the article: The National Review

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