From Howard Nemerov at Pajamas Media comes this report about how the UN Ignores Its Own Data to Promote Gun Ban:
Since the mid-1990s, the United Nations has proclaimed that global civilian disarmament will ensure worldwide peace and prosperity. But to comprehend their attitude towards civilian gun ownership, know that the United Nations believes you have no civil right of self-defense:
Self-defence is a widely recognized, yet legally proscribed, exception to the universal duty to respect the right to life of others. Self-defence is a basis for exemption from criminal responsibility that can be raised by any State agent or non-State actor. Self-defence is sometimes designated as a “right.” There is inadequate legal support for such an interpretation. Self-defence is more properly characterized as a means of protecting the right to life and, as such, a basis for avoiding responsibility for violating the rights of another.
In other words, if you kill an attacker, you violate their human rights. For now, the UN will let it pass if you can prove you were protecting your life. But this remains a “basis for exemption from criminal responsibility,” which implies that you owe a debt to society. Also, government can revoke this privilege of self-defense at any time.
Curiously, the UN never consults their own research when asking: “Does gun ownership make you less safe?”
UN data shows that gun ownership is associated with greater economic prosperity, more freedom, and less government corruption. So why doesn’t the UN pay any attention to their own data? The quote above is telling. It demonstrates the difference between the “American Experiment” and the tyranny that is more typical of the human experience.
Long ago, the American People asserted their dominance over their government. As a result, we do not see rights as flowing from government. Were that the case, rights would not be rights at all, but privileges granted by a tyrant. Instead, the People have rights that predate the formation of the government. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights do not grant, but rather, recognize rights that the People have held all along; simply by virtue of being Human Beings. In short, your rights come from God, not a politician.
The aspiring tyrants at the UN take a dim view of this philosophy. Someone who sees his rights and liberties as things flowing to him from God is someone who will be difficult to control. Someone who holds this view and possesses the means to resist tyranny will be especially difficult to control!