The Bush administration's representatives to the United Nations effectively ended any chance of Global Gun Control. The United States turned down the original proposal & a compromise proposal created by the Canadians to regulate & eventually eliminate the private ownership of firearms.
The United States said its stand was based on protecting the sovereignty of its domestic law. "The American ... positions reflect nothing more than a clear recognition of the result of a democratic process in the United States," said Lincoln Bloomfield, assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs and alternate head of the U.S. delegation to the conference.
"We would not sign up to something in a multilateral arena which conflicted with something that had legitimately come out of a democratic process in the United States."
"This is not the end. This is the opening skirmish of a war." Thus spoke former U.S. Congressman Charles Pashayan after the conclusion of a grueling two-week-long anti-gun conference in which America held out for its basic gun rights against the entire world and won. This means some time must pass before the U.N. can bring up the matter of global arms control again, which gives American gun owners sometime to plan. It is almost certain that the international organization will try again to ban the private ownership of firearms, so we must be on guard for these future attacks. It is getting old to say, but we are receiving another advantage from having a pro-gun President with his appointed representatives. Today the U.S. said our right to arms is more important than your New World Order! (7/25/01)