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Amnesty International Needs To Decide: Human Rights Or Gun Control
Amnesty International is supposedly a human rights organization, but the group takes a dim view of the human right of self-defense. In fact, in the view of the folks at Amnesty International, it’s actually gun control that’s a human right, and the right to keep and bear arms is something that needs to be curtailed in the name of safety.
The group has joined a chorus of other voices on the Left, from former president Barack Obama to virtually every gun control group in the country, in trying to use the shootings in Georgia that left eight people dead to demand that Congress do “something” about guns. I want to quote the organization’s press release in full here. See if you notice anything in particular about their argument pushing new gun control laws.
I do believe that attacks on the Asian American community are increasing, and in fact I’ll be talking about that very thing with Chris Cheng on today’s Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co. I do find it odd, however, that Amnesty International says that the government needs to take “meaningful steps to curb the human rights crisis that is gun violence” without actually saying what they think those steps should be.
What “meaningful legislation” would have prevented this attack? Universal background checks? No, the suspect was legally eligible to buy a firearm. “Red flag” laws? There’s no indication at this point that any family or friends noticed anything wrong with the suspect, but even if they had, Georgia already has a civil commitment law on the books that could have been used (and would have been more effective than simply trying to take the suspect’s guns but leave him to his own devices).
After I posted the piece about Barack Obama using the shootings to call for gun control, my buddy Charlie Monsanto reached out to me on Twitter with a valid criticism. Rather than blaming the actions of the suspect on mental illness, there’s also the distinct possibility that this guy was just evil, and you don’t stop evil by disarming good people.
Amnesty International seems to think that it’s possible to strip hundreds of millions of Americans of their right to keep and bear arms without violating their human rights. I disagree. Self-defense is the most basic human right we have, and if we lose that right others will surely follow. Just look at the slaughter of protesters in Myanmar right now. The country has the kind of gun control laws that Amnesty International loves, but absolutely no freedom, especially since the military seized power in a coup last month.
Now the civilian government that was toppled by the military is calling for the right of self-defense to be established in the country. Amnesty International would apparently rather see a slaughter than individuals acting in self-defense, both here in the United States and in other countries around the world. I see things differently. I don’t believe that we can ban our way to safety, and any attempt to do so will inevitably impact the law-abiding far more than those with evil intent and murder on their minds.
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