[This article first published in Page Nine No. 33, 8/24/07]
Gun Owners Without Borders is a proposal for a new international human rights organization.
Gun Owners Without Borders recognizes a bond between individual human beings whose right to live is challenged by their governments or other forces.
Gun Owners Without Borders supports an inalienable right of people to resist any attempts to exterminate them, regardless of the source or justification for the attempted extermination.
Current United Nations policies do not prevent genocide and democide, because a nation's sovereignty logically comes first. Internal policies are a nation's own business. This holds true whether the rulers are elected, appointed, inherited or in charge through force of arms.
Gun Owners Without Borders recognizes that this is perfectly understandable and a normal state of affairs under the nation-state system.
Communist China, for example, could shoot its citizens who are drug addicts, or for political reasons, or to harvest organs or to turn babies over for adoption (and they do). The U.N. and others might object, or not, but it's not within their realm to stop such abuse. Nor could they, as a practical matter, if they were of a mind to.
Gun Owners Without Borders therefore understands it falls only to individual persons to defend their own right to their own lives if they can, even if such defense would be viewed as illegal or criminal acts by the ruling parties. Under the doctrine of state sovereignty, anyone who shoots back at an agent of the government is by definition typically an "outlaw."
Wherever people are oppressed or their lives placed in danger from government, powerful economic interests, criminals, zealots, tyrants, the criminally insane or others, Gun Owners Without Borders recognizes the right such people have to live, regardless of the U.N. or any other authority's failure to act, refusal to act, or inability to act.
Gun Owners Without Borders calls upon Amnesty International, Journalists Without Borders, Doctors Without Borders and all borderless groups to recognize individual people's right to live, despite government edicts to the contrary.
Arming people under such circumstances is seen by Gun Owners Without Borders as moral and just, even though the rulers taking such people's lives would view it as criminal activity. Such is the paradox of life on Earth.
From pestholes of poverty in deepest Africa to reprisals facing innocent women ruled by Muslim men, from remote hills in Communist China to the depths of the American South, from tyrannical conditions in Kazakhstan to ruthless policies in sophisticated France, all people have the same inherent, inalienable right to live and personally protect their lives from whatever unjust threats they face.
The fact that the Founders of the United States saw fit to recognize these rights and to embody guarantees of such protection in the famous and feared Second Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights makes it no less valid to people living in any populous or remote corner of the globe.
If government derives its just power to govern from consent of the people governed, then those people must also be free to choose to defend their lives from all enemies, foreign and domestic.
It is recognition of the fundamental right to live that is embraced by Gun Owners Without Borders, and is championed as a just, legitimate, reasonable and common sense right for all of humanity.
"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
My position paper on Sunshine Gun Laws proposes several laws that have bearing on the pricniples behind Gun Owners Without Borders. Among them:
§ ETHNIC-CLEANSING ERADICATION INITIATIVE
This law may be referred to as "The Balance of Power Act."
The policy of the United States is to help arm people and their governments
against threats to their personal or national safety. Funding for the arming
of foreign government authorities shall not take place without commensurate
arming of the civilian populations from whom those governments receive
their moral authority to exist and serve.
In enacting this important law, the Congress recognizes that the overwhelming
cause of inflicted deaths among innocent individuals is not from crime,
passion or wackos, but from savagery inflicted by government, or in its
name. The wisdom of providing a means for defending against such unprincipled
viciousness is self-evident, and in doing so, we live up to the principles
the founding fathers envisioned for the peoples of our own precious nation.
§ STUDY OF GLOBAL GUN PROHIBITIONIST ACTIVITIES
There shall be made available the sum of $210 million for a five-year
study on gun-repression and related tyrannical activity, of all governments
of the world, with respect to the availability of arms to the people of
the world. No nation shall be declared democratic, and cloaked with the
respectability of a dignified government, unless its people enjoy protections
equal to or greater than the U.S. Bill of Rights.
§ FEDERAL FIREARMS POLICY, PART I
The United States believes that a totally disarmed world, without weapons
of any kind in anyone's hands, in an age of true enlightenment, global
prosperity, enduring peace and crimelessness, might be nice.
Until such time, the United States stands for global disarmament, bad
guys first. When all the bad guys are certifiably disarmed, come talk to
the rest of us. Every effort that disarms bad guys has the unwavering support
of this country. Any measure that tends to disarm honest people, or restrict
their ability to keep and bear arms, is contrary to the purposes of the
United States, and is null and void.
Any politician who proposes disarming the public, even incrementally,
while leaving arms in the hands of the "proper authorities" or
criminals, shall be subject to prosecution for violation of oath of office.
§ INTERNATIONAL SECOND AMENDMENT POSTURE
OF THE UNITED STATES
No nation has the right to keep and bear arms unless its people also
have the right to keep and bear arms. Or do you secretly hold to the theory
that people are too stupid to responsibly have guns -- or even to self-govern
really -- and only the rulers should be armed.
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