Way back last November, I wrote about the U.N.'s rather . . . peculiar position that there is no human right to self-defense (see Dave Kopel's excellent analysis). By taking this position, I suppose they hoped to bolster their case in the advancement of their civilian disarmament agenda.
Now, it's another international group that hopes to bestow on governments a monopoly on the use of force. This time, it's the Inter-Parliamentary Union in conjunction with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.
"The statistics are damning. There are currently an estimated 640 million small arms and light weapons in circulation, from handguns and assault rifles to shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles," Johnsson and Martin Griffiths of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue said in a joint statement.Hey, that's kinda cool--supposedly, there are 240 million privately owned firearms in the U.S., out of approximately 384 million (by the IPU's numbers) among all the world's civilians--meaning we own five out of every eight. I guess we would be the wrong folks to mess with.
"Most of this arsenal, or about 60 percent, is in the hands of civilians. Recent dramatic events have proved the urgent need for action," they added, noting that parliamentarians had a key role in gun control through drawing up national laws, improving implementation and enforcement, and leading public debate.
Johnsson said that no U.S. lawmakers were able to attend the meeting this week in Bali.Yeah, Anders--don't bother saving any seats for U.S. legislators at the next one, either (and any who do come--do us a favor, and keep them, would you?).