At the outset:
- I own guns. Quite a few of them.
- I recognize the right of American citizens to own firearms without the permission of the government based on the Second Amendment and I likewise see most national attempts to restrict firearm ownership to be based more in citizen control than gun control.
- I am all in favor of kicking the UN to the curb and sending them somewhere else to make empty speeches, coddle dictators and waste money.
OK. Now let me begin by saying that elected representative he may be but Congressman Steve Stockman from Texas is either not extraordinarily bright or he is maliciously deceptive. On his web page he published this statement (emphasis mine):
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stockman (R-Texas 36) has signed on to
a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry demanding
they not sign the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.
“The right to
keep and bear arms is granted by God and protecting from government
aggression by the Constitution. It is not subject to the whims of
global totalitarians massed in New York City,” said Stockman. “I oppose
any UN treaty touching the right to keep and bear arms. It’s beyond
time for the United States to withdraw from the UN.”
The right to keep and bear arms is granted by God?
I must have missed that part of the New Covenant. Let me see. Remembering our sins no more. Writing His law on our hearts. Oh yeah, there it is: guaranteeing the right for citizens of a secular nation that wouldn't even exist until 1700 years after the closing of the canon to own firearms.
I can understand why some people want to limit gun ownership when people like this are the voice of gun owners.
I don't even have it in me to write anything else snarky about this. I will just let it speak for itself.