UN rights chief urges US to consider robust gun control

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June 2016 NEW YORK In the wake of the mass killing of 49 people by a sole gunman in a gay nightclub in Florida, the United Nations human rights chief today urged the leadership of the United States to live up to its obligations to protect its citizens from the “horrifyingly commonplace but preventable violent attacks that are the direct result of insufficient gun control.”
“It is hard to find a rational justification that explains the ease with which people can buy firearms, including assault rifles, in spite of prior criminal backgrounds, drug use, histories of domestic violence and mental illness, or direct contact with extremists – both domestic and foreign,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
“How many more mass killings of school-children, of co-workers, of African-American churchgoers — how many more individual shootings of talented musicians like Christina Grimmie, or politicians like Gabrielle Giffords, will it take before the United States adopts robust gun regulation?” he added, questioning the availability for civilians anywhere of an assault rifle or other high-powered weapons designed to kill lots of people.
“Irresponsible pro-gun propaganda suggests that firearms make society safer, when all evidence points to the contrary,” Zeid said. A new UN human rights report on the civilian acquisition, possession and use of firearms highlights the “devastating impact” of gun violence on a host of human rights, including the rights to life, security, education, health, an adequate standard of living and participation in cultural life.
The report states that women and children are frequently found to be victims of firearm-related violence, including through the use of guns to commit rape and other sexual violence, abduction, assault and domestic violence. It states that protection of human rights must be central to the development of laws and regulations regarding the availability, transfer and use of firearms. UN and regional human rights experts have long recommended that firearm control measures must include adequate background check systems, the periodic review of licenses, clear gun removal policies when intervening in domestic violence cases, mandatory training, and the criminalization of illegal sale of firearms, among others.
“Examples from many countries clearly show that a legal framework to control the acquisition and use of firearms has led to a dramatic reduction in violent crime,” Mr. Zeid said. “In the United States, however, there are hundreds of millions of guns in circulation, and every year thousands of people are killed or injured by them.” Zeid added that it was particularly reprehensible – indeed dangerous – that this terrible event is already being utilized to promote homophobic and Islamophobic sentiments. He urged everyone in the United States to rally around the common cause of ensuring that the human.   –UN News

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6 Responses to UN rights chief urges US to consider robust gun control

  1. Susan Anderson says:

    Sounds to me that the gunman was a plant, as they have done nothing since but tout gun control. That is the objective of the UN and the current prez and dem presumptive nominee, killary clinton who want us as sitting targets to the enemy.

  2. niebo says:

    “’Irresponsible pro-gun propaganda suggests that firearms make society safer, when all evidence points to the contrary,’ Zeid said. A new UN human rights report on the civilian acquisition, possession and use of firearms highlights the “devastating impact” of gun violence on a host of human rights . . . .”

    To the contrary:

    “The more power a government has, the more it can act arbitrarily according to the whims and desires of the elite, the more it will make war on others and murder its foreign and domestic subjects. The more constrained the power of governments, the more it is diffused, checked and balanced, the less it will aggress on others and commit democide (murder by government).”

    In the Twentieth century, “. . . Fifteen megamurderers have wiped out over 151,000,000 people, almost four times the almost 38,500,000 battle-dead for all this century’s international and civil wars up to 1987. The most absolute Power, that is the communist U.S.S.R., China and preceding Mao guerrillas, Khmer Rouge Cambodia, Vietnam, and Yugoslavia, as well fascist Nazi Germany, account for near 128,000,000 of them, or 84 percent.”

    https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/DBG.CHAP1.HTM

    For a more complete breakdown of this information, see this chart:

    And, what’s more relevant is the correlation between disarmament/gun control and subsequent mass murder:

    http://www.mercyseat.net/gun_genocide.html

    And, then, there is this:

    “According to the FBI’s data, the national rate of violent crime has decreased 49 percent since its apex in 1991. Even as a certain type of mass shooting is apparently becoming more frequent, America has become a much less violent place.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/03/weve-had-a-massive-decline-in-gun-violence-in-the-united-states-heres-why/

    THEY lie in order to secure CONTROL; the 2nd Amendment is the ONLY AMENDMENT that stands as a guarantee of the other nine. Anyone who is paying attention can recognize the gradual erosion of ALL of them, and when their opposition is disarmed, we will see the true nature of our “masters”..

    • Utopia: the Collapse says:

      US

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/drone-strikes-killing-more-civilians-than-us-admits-human-rights-groups-say/2013/10/21/a99cbe78-3a81-11e3-b7ba-503fb5822c3e_story.html

      These are the same hypocrites Christ says strains at a gnat and swallows a camel. When you stop building and deploying weapons of mass destruction, and stop sending drones to bomb other sovereign nations, and stop over-throwing governments that do not agree with U.S. policy, or stop supporting those which do which deny their citizens their basic human rights (like most of the patriarchal Islamic countries in the Middle East) – in other words, when you lay down your weapons of mass destruction and destroy them – then you can ask the U.S. citizenry to lay down theirs.

      • niebo says:

        Xactly!!

        I had a conversation with a young man on Tuesday who said, “I don’t think the founding fathers had ‘machine guns’ in mind when they wrote the second amendment, because all they had were muskets, and even the best sharpshooter of the time could only shoot three rounds in two minutes.’ Then I said, “Yes, BUT . . . the soldiers in the British army only had muskets, too. So maybe you should consider that ‘arms’ is intentionally vague, that is, the generic ‘arms’ rather than ‘muskets’, BECAUSE the founding fathers did not want citizens limited to muskets when whatever tyrannical force they might face has, well, machine guns.”

        He shook his finger in the air and said, “I hadn’t thought of that.”

  3. american says:

    I don’t trust our government under that terrorist obama.

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