Getting crank letters (or comments) goes with the territory on a blog. But what Sri Lanka’s UN Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam is getting seems a bit excessive. 100,000 letters from Americans complaining a UN Conference on illegal small arms trade is taking place on — imagine this — July 4, that sacred global holiday, American Independence Day. The crank letters use wording kindly provided by the National Rifle Association. Not that it matters, but the letter writers are in error. The June 26 – July 7 conference is at the UN headquarters in New York which will be closed on July 4.
The conference is reviewing progress on implementing a program of action agreed to by all U.N. member states, including the United States, in 2001 that seeks to clamp down on the illegal trade of small arms such as pistols, assault rifles and machine guns.
It stems from findings that conflicts worldwide are often made more deadly and intractable by the availability of illicit small arms.
Kariyawasam said the conference will focus only on efforts to ban the illegal sale of weapons and would have no impact on private ownership.
“Contrary to what people say, especially in this country, this conference and program of action is not aiming to ban individual use of firearms if they are held legally,” he said. “The U.N. program of action covers only illegal trade, illegal trafficking and illegal brokering.” (CNN)
The conference’s purpose are immaterial to Wayne LaPierre, the certifiably insane executive vice president of the NRA, like the false and irrelevant claim about the dates. Because in Wayne’s World, the UN is all about a conspiracy to foist “a global treaty banning ownership of firearms.”
Even the Bush Administration and its neanderthal ambassador John Bolton supports the efforts to stop the flow of illegal small arms. Still, wouldn’t do to piss off these guys, would it. They’ve got guns you know:
“We have received thousands and thousands of letters from concerned members,” [U.S. mission spokesman Richard] Grenell said. “We have been in discussion with the group and understand their concerns.”
They understand their concerns? We sure don’t.