Saturday, July 28, 2012

UN fails to agree on Arms Trade Treaty, opts for possible vote by the end of the year

Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Activist Post

Thankfully, it appears that the controversial United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has been stopped in its tracks, at least for now.

Negotiations have been held between 170 countries from July 2 to July 27, 2012 and yet they were not even able to make a decision on a draft version of the treaty which some say could have threatened the Second Amendment.

However, the treaty, which needed to be adopted by consensus (meaning it would only take one country to veto the deal), has not been shot down completely.

There is still the possibility of further discussions and a draft arms trade treaty very well could be brought before the 193-nation UN General Assembly.

Indeed, some diplomats are clearly confident that this treaty will be put in place, essentially saying it is just a matter of time until it happens.

“We feel that we could have agreed (a treaty). It is disappointing that more time is needed. But an arms-trade treaty is coming – not today – but soon. We’ve taken a big step forward,” said a spokesperson for the British delegation.

Anti-gun ownership activists and their friends in the mainstream media regularly cite various statistics surrounding armed violence, like Michelle Nichols of Reuters who writes:
One person every minute dies from armed violence around the world, and arms control activists say a convention is needed to prevent illicitly traded guns from pouring into conflict zones and fueling wars and atrocities.
However, the problem is that this view is incredibly myopic and ignores the fact that guns aren’t actually responsible for as much death as we might think.

For instance, in the United States in 2006, there were 42,642 reported road traffic fatalities according to the US DOT/NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System, defined as died within 30 days of the crash.

Meanwhile, in 2005 there were 10,100 homicides committed using firearms in the United States according to FBI statistics.

It seems to me that if these so-called arms control activists are really concerned about human life they would be out crusading for safer cars around the world.

Obviously they are not doing anything of the sort since people believe for some reason that the bigger threat to human life around the world is the right to bear arms.

Despite many UN members states being in favor of the treaty, especially Western nations, there were some strong opponents in the mix as well including Algeria, Egypt, Iran, North Korea and Syria.

Yet, according to Reuters:
arms-control activists blamed the United States and Russia for the inability to reach a decision on Friday, as both countries said there was not enough time left for them to clarify and resolve issues they had with the draft treaty.
“Moving forward, President Obama must show the political courage required to make a strong treaty that contains strong rules on human rights a reality,” said Scott Stedjan, a senior policy advisor with Oxfam America.

Here Stedjan is reflecting the strange and increasingly common perspective which holds that the president should take unilateral action on matters without consulting the public or the public’s representatives.

While UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his disappointment with the failure to come to an agreement, he said:
There is already considerable common ground and states can build on the hard work that has been done during these negotiations.
Clearly the notion that the treaty will move forward eventually and come into action is a popular one.

Oxfam has been a major proponent of the treaty, with the head of arms control at Oxfam, Anna Macdonald, making some heated statements about the treaty’s failure.

“Today was the day for political courage – not delays and dithering,” said Macdonald. “Some 50,000 people lost their lives through armed violence during the course of these month-long negotiations. The out-of-control arms trade must – and will – be stopped.”

It seems that Macdonald is also part of the group which is absolutely certain that the ATT will be approved eventually.

While the United Nations and proponents of the treaty insist that it will not endanger legal domestic gun ownership in places like the United States, I personally do not trust them to hold to that.

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Anonymous said...

The NRA is the only thing between the ATT and a disarmed America.
Here's a short list of government mass murder carried out throughout history, almost always immediately following the disarmament of the public (and usually involving staged false flag events to justify the disarmament):

50+ million dead: Mao Ze-Dong (China, 1958-61 and 1966-69, Tibet 1949-50)
12+ million dead: Adolf Hitler (Germany, 1939-1945) - concentration camps, civilian deaths and dead Russian POWs
8+ million dead: Leopold II of Belgium (Congo, 1886-1908)
6+ million dead: Jozef Stalin (USSR, 1932-39)
5+ million dead: Hideki Tojo (Japan, 1941-44)
2+ million dead: Ismail Enver (Turkey, 1915-22)
1.7 million dead: Pol Pot (Cambodia, 1975-79)
1.6 million dead: Kim Il Sung (North Korea, 1948-94)
1.5 million dead: Menghistu (Ethiopia, 1975-78)
1 million dead: Yakubu Gowon (Biafra, 1967-1970)
900,000 dead: Leonid Brezhnev (Afghanistan, 1979-1982)
800,000 dead: Jean Kambanda (Rwanda, 1994)
See more at:

Anonymous said...

Judeo-Communism was far more deadly than you give credit:


Judaism itself was responsible for nearly a QUARTER BILLION deaths in the 20th century:

“Chosen People” (Gavril Princeps and his co-assassins) started World War ONE—25 million died.

“Chosen People” (the 1934 Declaration of War of World Jewry against Germany) started World War TWO—60 to 80 million died.

“Chosen People” created (Rabbi Moses Hess and his disciple Marx), financed (Rosenwald, Kuhn, Loeb, Schiff, etc.), propagandized (Ehrenburg, Mikhoels, Khaldei, etc.) exported (Kun, Eisner, Zimanas, Rozanski, Pijade, Rakosi, Olszewsi, etc.), and mostly ran (Lenin, Trotsky, Zinoviev, Sverdlov, Litvinov, Andropov, etc.) Communism, their secret police (Dzhezhinsky, Yagoda, Bronstein, Yurovsky, Pauker, Slutsky, Gay, Speigelglas, Babel, etc.), and gulags (the Kaganovich family, Berman, Frenkel, Firin, Rappoport, Kogan, Zhuk, etc.)—60 million died in the USSR; if you blame Hess and Marx for Mao, add another 75 million dead.

The synagogue of Satan is responsible, directly and indirectly, for the murder of nearly a QUARTER BILLION PEOPLE in the 20th century.

How many will you let them kill in the 21st century?

Mark said...

Death & Destruction is the name of the game when it comes to Agenda 21 in the 21st Century. Just look at the writing on the stones in Thomasville Georgia called "The Georgia Guidestones" and you will see for yourselves that this is their plan.

Anonymous said...

I wan't to set the recor stright
A jew is a religion
An Israelite is a nationality
A Hebrew is a race of people.
A Zionist is a political organization
Most of the people living in Israel today cannot trace their lenage or geneology to the 1st century Hebrews because the records were destroyed when the Roman General Sestos Gallos and his Roman Legions sacked the temple in 70 AD.
There are people who are called Jews that have adopted Judaism as their religion. They are called Jewish Proselites.
To say all Jews are ruthless money lenders would be stereotiping. It would be the same thing as saying that all Italians belong to the Mafia.
I know there a minority of people in the world of high finance that have Jewish last names, but that is not the whole Hebrew race of people.
They are Jews hiding behind a religious community and masquerading as Hebrews. They are imposters or counterfeigt Jews.
There are those who say they are Jews, but are not Jews, but are from a synagogue of satan.
There are different sects in Judaism:
2-Ultra Orthodox
4-Ashkanzi They represent the majority of the Jews living in Israel. They are the Mongolian Kazarian Jews from southern Russia between the Black and Caspian SEA. They adopted Judaism in 12th century under the Kazar King.
5-Sephardic Jews. They are the minority in Israel and come from the middle east.
6-Messianic Jews. They are Jews that believe in the Messiah Jesus Christ.
I found it interesting that 70% of the Jews living in Israel do not believe in any religion at all.
The Jews own holy book the Tora which is comprised of the first 5 books of the bible condems interest or usury.
But it is allright to charge some Gentile Stiff. Isn't that hypocritical?
Whoever is controlling financial system; it the shoe fits, wear it!

Anonymous said...

Whocver is controlling the financial system, they are the personification of evil!

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