Sunday, August 26, 2012

Another 'small arms' session at the UN

It's hard to tell if this is a gun-grabber's end run, or if it just amounts to more blustering in the United Nations' crusade to slash access to small arms world wide, but a UN sanctioned agency begins a small arms review conference tomorrow in New York:

2012 Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action on small arms and light weapons 
The Second Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons In All Its Aspects will meet at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City from 27 August–7 September 2012. The meeting will be chaired by Ambassador U. Joy Ogwuof Nigeria.

The conference is being orchestrated by Reaching Critical Will, an offshoot of the Women's International League Peace and Freedom, which has been commissioned by the UN to facilitate non-government actors in UN disarmament efforts.  For those wary of such events, keep special watch on Wednesday's side session where voluntary International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) will be announced.

The voluntary standards will be made publicly available on a new website to be launched at the side-event

No transparency here. No public viewing or comment prior to launch. Sound familiar? It sounds a lot like Nancy Pelosi's strategy in passing Obamacare. The conference will have to launch its control standards  before we can see what's in them.

From: CASA (United Nations Coordinating Action on Small Arms

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