The head of INTERPOL discusses armed Citizens, the UN Arms Treaty faces more resistance in the Senate, and the effort to recall Legislators in California finally gets underway. After a few tame weeks, we have a mountain of strong headlines to run through.
1.) INTERPOL. Top story is an interview the head of the International Criminal Police Organization, also known as INTERPOL, gave to ABC News. In the interview Secretary General Ronald Noble openly discusses the idea of armed citizens and wonders aloud whether armed citizens could have either prevented or mitigated the attack on a mall in Kenya. Noble says that whether armed citizens are “more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism” needs to be openly discussed.
His comments spread through social media, but it has been difficult to find much anti-gun response to the comments. If you find them, please post it.
2.) Arms Treaty. In other news this week, four Democrats joined 50 other Senators from both parties in opposing the UN Arms Treaty. With more than half of the Senate now opposed to the treaty, it has virtually no chance of being ratified by the United States. The 54 Senators have voiced concerns about the treaty ranging from its broad terms, to fears that the amendment process could be used to force the United States to violate the Constitution.
Secretary of State John Kerry signed the treaty late last month, but his signature is largely symbolic as the Constitution demands a 2/3 majority in the Senate.
3.) California. An effort to recall gun control opponents in California officially got underway this week. While generally seen as an uphill battle in California, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, Assemblyman Tim Donnell says that the effort is important, regardless. He told the Sacramento Bee that “every single assemblyman and state senator swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution,” and that citizens have a duty to remove people who try to violate that oath.
Of course, the other side has noticed the effort. Specifically, the Latino Caucus has noticed that all of the targets in the recall are Hispanic, which they claim makes the effort racist. State Senator Ricardo Lara told the LA Times “The shame is even more stark and pronounced when the strategy targets only Latinos. Californians will not stand for any campaign that is clearly racist and devoid of any political or legal legitimacy.”
The group “Gun Owners of California” notes that the man in charge of the recall elections is Hispanic, and said the Senators remarks were an “interesting response.”
4.) Common Core. The controversial education standards known as “Common Core” have caught the attention of gun advocates once again. The Tennessee Firearms Association slammed the standards, claiming that the material in approved textbooks teaches students a “reckless” misrepresentation of the Second Amendment. As an example the group notes that Common Core textbooks say that the Second Amendment is limited to a “militia of citizen soldiers.”
This is not the first time Common Core has caught criticism for its anti-Second Ammendment curriculum. Other examples include “asking students to “prune” the Bill of Rights and that police can confiscate guns for no reason whatsoever.
5.) Campus Carry. 4 Georgia State University students were robbed Thursday night by three armed men in a GSU dorm room. Though they have been arrested, the event reheated the debate over guns on campus, especially considering that all of the robbers had gone through the security that was already there.
Local story, but pertinent to the conversation.
6.) DC. Finally today, news from the nation’s rights-free Capitol. The Armed Novelist brought up a story from the Washington Times about a businessman facing facing two years in prison for possessing an unregistered firearm. The story has also been picked up by the NRA, though the press release from them is rather timid. The best part of the NRA’s release is when they briefly bring up the work of, but never directly address, the work of gun rights activist Adam Kokesh:
We can only wonder whether a peaceful counter-demonstration using Joe Biden-approved double-barreled shotguns to extol the virtues of the Second Amendment would be similarly tolerated. Recent events suggest it would not.
Admittedly, this sort of cowardice (or timidity if you are generous) from the NRA is nothing new. The embarrassment of a press conference post-Sandy Hook, in which a random online game was used to represent the entire industry, is a fine example of this.
Still, it is interesting to see more attention brought to anti-gun strongholds like DC and California. If the California recall works, it will be a bigger warning than even Colorado’s efforts, it would add to the already huge momentum the movement has as we enter the last two months of 2013.