Thursday at U.N.: Panel on voluntary surrender of firearms

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner spoke last month at the United Nations. That country's gun surrender program will be discussed at a Thursday event.Examiner – by Dave Workman

One month after Secretary of State John Kerry signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty and just a few days after 50 U.S. senators said they will not ratify the agreement, a curious “high level panel” on Argentina’s national program for the voluntary surrender of firearms is scheduled this Thursday in a U.N. conference room in New York, Examiner learned today.

Apparently hosted by Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval, permanent representative of Argentina to the U.N., according to the invitation obtained by this column, the gathering was described as a “side event” scheduled during the daily lunch break, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.  

Last year, according to the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime, Argentina authorities destroyed nearly 11,000 firearms that had been voluntarily turned in. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner, now recovering from serious surgery, spoke last month at the U.N.

During this Thursday’s event, presentations will be made by Dr. Julio Alak, minister of justice and human rights of Argentina; Angela Kane, high representative of the Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs; Matias Molle4, director of the National Register of Arms of Argentina; Dr. Ernesto Kreplak, under-secretary for Coordination and Control of Registral Management of Argentina; Melanie Regimbal, director of the Regional Centre of the U.N. for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America, and Daniel Prins, director of the Conventional Arms Branch of ODA (Office of Disarmament Affairs).

Dr. Alak was quoted last year when news agencies reported the gun destruction. He told reporters that “we have now reached the figure of 160,531 firearms taken out of circulation.” He said at the time that civilian disarmament “is a priority goal for the national state because it is a tool for reducing the level of violence in society.” Alak’s appearance on Thursday has yet to be confirmed, according to the invitation.

If that sounds familiar, it is essentially the same rhetoric used by the American gun prohibition lobby. Every scheme to erode gun rights is aimed at “reducing violence,” which comes right out of the gun controlplaybook exposed first by this column and The Gun on Aug. 1. On page 9 of “Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging,” readers are counseled, “Do talk about ‘preventing gun violence’,” but “Don’t talk about ‘gun control’.”

Voluntary surrender of firearms is perhaps one step behind so-called “gun buybacks” like that conducted by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s office in January. That event has been the subject of a public records act probe by Bellevue’s Second Amendment Foundation.

The other day in a letter to President Barack Obama, all 45 Republican senators and five of their Democrat colleagues said they will not vote to ratify the treaty. Among their objections are alleged conflicts with the Second Amendment. The letter contends that “the treaty includes only a weak non-binding reference to the lawful ownership, use of, and trade in firearms, and recognizes none of these activities, much less individual self-defense, as fundamental individual rights,” according to the Times of Israel.

Thursday’s “side event” is proof that international anti-gunners and domestic gun ban proponents have much in common, and they are not finished.

3 thoughts on “Thursday at U.N.: Panel on voluntary surrender of firearms

  1. So, 50 U.S. Senators will refuse to ratify this agreement. Here we go again. Sure, they’ll say this in order to keep us all calm and quiet by giving us false hopes that this gun-grab by the U.N. will not take place.
    Then, one morning you are awakened by your dogs barking, you look out the window and see the U.N. cops shooting your dogs as they bust down your door.
    Folks, we have the most dangerous and most deceitful administration in history running this Country, and if you think that ANY Senator or ANY Congressman is ON YOUR SIDE, then you’re a frickn’ idiot.
    This is just another “scripted” play by TPTB.
    Reading between the lines of this story, I would say that the truth is this: get ready for the gun-grab to begin any day now.

  2. Wonder what their time line is for the mandate to voluntarily surrender all firearms.

    Because the murderers will certainly give up their weapons…

  3. When the gun grab begins I hope they are smart enough to go after the criminals, drug gangs, other gangs, and the terrorist they are always telling us are here. If they don’t and believe this will work they are sadly mistaken. Criminals don’t obey the law. Dear Pierce take another look at you country again and see how home invasion and crime has risen so bad that bobbies tell us it was a mistake to give up the guns.

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