UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urges U.S. to adopt robust gun control measures to pre-empt further killings
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – December 15, 1791, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
EDITOR’S NOTE: So let’s see if I have this right. When people are stabbed to death, no one bans knives. When a drunk gets behind the wheel and kills people with a car, no one bans cars, driving or alcohol. But when a Muslim terrorist who was allowed to slip through both the FBI and Homeland Security shoots people while screaming “Allahu Akbar!”, we have a gun problem. OK, I got it now, thanks.
In the wake of the mass killing of 49 people by a sole gunman in a gay nightclub in Florida, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday urged the leadership in the United States of America 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,” High Commissioner Zeid said. “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? Why should any civilian anywhere be able to acquire an assault rifle or other high-powered weapons designed to kill lots of people?” the UN Human Rights Chief added.
In the aftermath of the Orlando terrorist attack, President Barack Obama today called on Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban as well as pass legislation to make it harder for suspected terrorists to obtain firearms.
Don’t Worry, Obama Assures He’s Not After Your Guns:
The president said there are a number of “common sense” gun control measures that Congress should take to reduce gun violence without violating the Second Amendment, and for the first time since the deadly shooting Sunday, he enumerated several steps he wants Congress to take.
“People with possible ties to terrorism who are not allowed on a plane shouldn’t be allowed to buy a gun,” Obama said, referring to “no fly, no buy” legislation pending on Capitol Hill that would prevent any suspected terrorists on no-fly lists from buying firearms.
These last fews months of Barry Soetoro’s occupation of the White House are going to be hyper-critical to the future of the Second Amendment in the United States of America. They are going to come at it with guns blazing, pun intended, and it is looking increasingly more likely that they are going to be successful at least on some levels.