A friend of mine sent me a link to an interview with Mr Dudley Brown, Executive Director of the National Association for Gun Rights. In the video Mr Brown was discussing the threat of a United Nations gun ban and its implication for the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. Mr Brown is concerned that a UN treaty will impact US gun rights.
Yesterday I was at a Conference where a group of historians talked about the consequences for and reactions of nations experiencing existential defeat in war. I had lunch with two people I had met at the conference, one of whom is a Government Civil Servant working for the Department of State in the area of conventional arms control.
Even before seeing the clip with Mr Brown I knew that there were concerns about UN agreements and so I asked my lunch parter about this, given that he is working on a treaty on conventional arms control. He said to me that part of his job is to make sure no treaty treads on the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. He described it as a "Red Line" issue. This gentleman left no doubt in my mind that the treaty he is working on in Foggy Bottom♠ is not seen as, nor in fact is, an end run on our Gun Rights.
I felt a lot better about this issue after lunch.
Regards — Cliff
♠ A section of NW Washington, including the Department of State.
10 months ago