When a man dressed in black approached a woman on the street, implied he had a gun and demanded cash, she initially tried the passive approach. Police say that although she had a concealed-carry permit and a revolver tucked away, she handed some money over and hoped the robber would leave. But when that didn't work, and fearing her life was in danger, the victim drew her revolver and pointed it at the robber, who ran away. According to a police officer, "She was in fear of her life, and she defended herself appropriately."' (The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, AZ, 03/08/06)
"I turned around and saw these guys come in with hoods over their faces," recalled Linda Lewis, a grocery store employee who lay down on the floor in fear of impending violence."1 thought we'd be next;' she said, after hearing two shots. But what she heard was an armed citizen with a concealed-carry permit coming to the rescue. According to authorities, the suspects, one of them holding a pistol, approached the register and demanded cash. A customer waiting in line nearby pulled out a revolver and shot the armed bandit, causing him and his accomplice to flee in a sedan. (Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK, 03/19/06)
A 75-year-old grandmother had problems with people trying to break into her home, which is why she bought a small pistol she fondly calls "the peacekeeper:' So she was ready when, according to police, two teens came looking for trouble. The burglars could not see the woman, but with the assistance of a mirror, she observed them breaking into her door while she tried to diaI9-1-1. Once inside, the thugs found themselves face-to-face with the woman's pistol, and one look was all it took for them to flee. Police caught up with the suspects after a brief pursuit. (NewsChanneI5, Cleveland, OH, 03/07/06) was barking in the early morning hours, he found a man trying to break through his door."1 yelled, 'Get out of my house!' but he kept coming;' Lucas said."1 was scared to death:' The 63-year-old then grabbed a .22cal. rifle and yelled for his girlfriend to jump out the window and call the police at a neighbor's house. According to police, when the intruder crashed through the door, Lucas shot at him at least four times. The assailant, who had 14 criminal convictions including seven felonies, died on the scene. (Pensacola News Journal, Pensacola, Fl, 03/06/06)
A pregnant woman was lying on the couch in her home when she heard the mini-blinds on her kitchen door rustle. Police say the woman, whose 1- and 3-year-old children were also in the home, got up to investigate and found a man trying to break in. When she spotted him, he ran around the corner of the duplex to the front door and tried to kick it in. The woman warned the prowler that she had a gun. When he replied that he also had a gun, she shot at him and he returned fire. The intruder was hit in the chest and died on the way to the hospital. No one else was injured. (The Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, NC, 03/15/06)
Police were still investigating an odd string of events that ended with a home invasion. Witnesses said the intruder approached at least four homes, banging on and breaking windows and jumping over chain- link fences before breaking through Pete Frinks' front door. "It's scary that he would do this in broad daylight, knowing people are in the house;' said a neighbor. Police say the man approached Frinks, who later described the intruder as acting "aggressively" and "irrationally:' In fear of his life, Frinks grabbed a handgun and shot his assailant in the chest, killing him. (Florida Today, Melbourne, FL 02/22/06)
The manager of a cell phone store was behind the counter when two men brandishing pistols burst inside. Police say one would-be robber jumped over the counter and slammed the manager to the ground. A store employee tried to run, but she fell, and the crook behind the counter grabbed her arm and put a gun to her head. At that point, the manager grabbed his own handgun and shot the man holding the female employee, then shot the second robber as well. The suspects fled the store, but the manager identified one of them when he turned up at the hospital. (The Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA, 03/05/06)
The Right to Keep and Bear Arms in defense of self, family and country is self-evident. In essence, our Second Amendment avows profound respect for human freedom, worth and self-destiny.
But two centuries after it was codified into our Bill of Rights, the United Nations declares that this civil liberty is a cause of the world's violence. It claims jurisdiction over sovereign American citizens by crafting a global treaty that calls us to surrender our firearm freedom and accept whatever lesser standard of freedom-if any-the U.N. deems appropriate.
Indeed, so insistent and insulting is the U.N. mandate that it chose to conduct its . largest-ever global gun-ban conference on u.s. soil on the Fourth of July, 2006.
The global gun-ban treaty is a ticking time bomb-just a pen stroke away from U.N. gun laws being enforced in the United States. Any anti-gun president - say a Hillary Clinton -could call the U.N. document an "agreement" instead of a "treaty" and bypass needing two-thirds of the U.s. Senate for ratification. This is exactly what Bill Clinton did to get the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which Congress passed with simple majorities.
In the pages of The Global War On Your Guns, I show that the U.N. anti-gun axis is no sideshow struggling on a shoestring. It is a well-funded, global collective of 500 member organizations from 100 nations. Their proclaimed mission is to endow themselves with global control of all firearms- long guns or handguns, civilian or military, illegally trafficked or lawfully possessed-for everyone.
If you study their words, you will find sweeping police powers offensive to the entire Bill of Rights. You will find that you are subject to record-keeping, oversight, inspections, supervision, tracking and tracing. You will read about surveillance, documentation, verification, paper trails and massive data banks for new global agencies and international data centers where your privacy is on display.
But what you will not find are any provisions by which oppressed people may be liberated from tyrants and dictators. You will not find the barest mention of anyone's rights to self-defense, to privacy, to property, to due process or protection of personal freedoms of any kind. Nor will you find demands for arrest, prosecution, conviction and mandatory sentencing or imprisonment of illicit traffickers or gunrunners.
Such gaping omissions expose the U.N. mission for what it is: a gang of governments led by unelected elitists who believe they should dictate how we live our lives. Yet none of the 100 countries backing the U.N. gun ban allows its citizens individual freedoms. Instead, most of those countries openly flaunt the institutionalized anti-American sentiment so pervasive at the U.N.
What's more, the U.N. counts among its "members in good standing" nearly 50 dictatorships and at least six states that sponsor terrorism. Combined, these "members in good standing" of the U.N. have murdered more than 100 million of their own citizens in the past century.
The U.N. was blind to mass murder by Pol Pot in Cambodia, a U.N. member. The UN. famously ignored genocide in member-state Rwanda, where nearly 1 million people were slaughtered-not by guns but with machetes. Yet your Second Amendment rights make the world a more dangerous place?
Why should the United Nations, with its shocking record of inaction, failure and corruption, be given supremacy over any honest man or woman on the globe?
The promise of "you'll gain security if you'll give up this liberty" is precisely the bargain our forefathers rejected. America must reject it again and forever, especially in the form of foreign intervention.
So we are at a crossroads. This is America's cultural war gone global. With every sun that sets, our planet is growing not more free, but less free.
The United States is the last standing truly free nation, offering every law abiding human the greatest measure of freedom mankind has ever experienced. The Bill of Rights is why that's so. The Bill of Rights is ours to enjoy, to preserve and then to bequeath. We must speak out for the visionaries who founded our great nation in the belief, among others, that law-abiding people have the right to be armed.
So let the roar of our voices be heard by all nations, united or not: If you cannot respect our Bill of Rights, you'd best keep your hands off it.
Neither the United Nations nor any other foreign influence may claim jurisdiction to meddle with the freedoms guaranteed by our Bill of Rights, endowed by our Creator and possessed as the birthright of all humankind.
This month about 60,000 NRA members are gathering in Milwaukee, Wis., for the 135th Annual Meetings of the National Rifle Association of America. As NRA president I'm looking forward to presiding over this spectacular event and to seeing many of you at the meetings.
Each year we gather to share, educate, inspire and encourage one another. We have much to celebrate as we reflect on all that the NRA has done to protect the Second Amendment.
I encourage you to attend. These are your meetings. We want to meet you and spend time with you. We invite you to join us at the seminars and speeches and hear about what your NRA is doing to preserve and enhance your rights as firearm owners. There will also be acres of guns and gear that you'll want to see, handle and put on your wish list.
And if you have a friend of the Second Amendment who is not an NRA member, sign them up and bring them along! They'll have a great time and you will have brought another member to the NRA family.
But I'm also making the meetings, and this column, a call to action. We have a challenging political year in front of us. The enemies of the Second Amendment are trying to retake Congress. They fantasize about making ultra anti-gun Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi the Speaker of the House. Several key governorships also hang in the balance.
But this is not the first time your NRA has faced tough political battles. With active and energized NRA members fighting in the political trenches, we look forward not only to retaining our majority in Congress but increasing it. Despite the constant negative media bias, we will get our message out to every corner of America. And, as in years past, our members will go to the polls and Vote Freedom First!
So while these Annual Meetings are a celebration, they're also a planning session to combat the forces gathering against us. We're refining our political battle plan and will be communicating this battle plan to our members and friends as the campaigns ramp up in late summer and fall.
What sets NRA apart from so many other organizations is our unwavering commitment and eternal vigilance when it comes to the Second Amendment. For the past 135 years, NRA has been on the front lines to protect and preserve the Constitution and Bill of Rights, to promote law and order and the national defense, to train good citizens in the safe handling and efficient use of small arms, to foster and promote the shooting sports and shooting competitions and to promote hunter safety and defend hunting as a shooting sport and as a means of conserving and growing our wildlife resources. This year, as for the past 135 years, the NRA renews its dedication to this mission.
But we need your help. There are three things I'm asking you to do to accomplish your part in the fight for those historic freedoms that make the United States of America our beloved home.
First, go online to https://secure.nraila.org/EmaiISignup.aspx today and sign up for our grassroots alert. Each Friday you'll get an email message that will alert you to major developments in your state or Washington, D.C., and how you can protect the Second Amendment.
Second, go to https://secure.nraila.org/Contribute.aspx today and make a $10 donation to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. With your contribution of no more than the cost of a box of ammunition, you can help elect candidates who support your gun rights.
Third, I'm asking you to log on to http://www.nrapvf.org to check the voting record of candidates in your state and district. Call the campaign office of a pro-Second Amendment candidate and say you're an NRA member and want to help. Whether you distribute literature, put up yard signs, stuff envelopes or man the campaign office telephone, every hour of your volunteer time will help elect a friend of NRA.
These three things are simple and will take just a few hours of your time. And if everyone of our almost 4 million members does just these three things, it will produce a massive organized force for liberty on the political battlefield that will set the enemies of the Second Amendment back 135 years.
It will demonstrate why there is no friend more helpful, and no foe more powerful, than the National Rifle Association. It will demonstrate that you, the grassroots members of the NRA, are America's best and the tip of the spear in the fight for freedom. .
I look forward to joining you in Milwaukee to celebrate freedom together.