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By Larry Pratt

November 13, 2004

The last decade-plus in the United States has shown the success of empowering people to defend themselves. As more people have been enabled to carry concealed firearms, violent crime has declined. The crime rate has declined nationwide, but even more so in states that have made it easier for citizens to carry guns.

That case has been stated eloquently by the title of Dr. John Lott's book: More Guns, Less Crime.

Speaking of titles, there are two books that make it clear that governments themselves have killed far more non-combatant disarmed civilians than all of the thugs without badges combined. Those titles are Death by Gun Control by Aaron Zelman of Jews for Preservation of Firearms Ownership and Death by Government by University of Hawaii's Professor R.J. Rummel.

One would think that with all of this information available, those concerned about the genocide being committed by the Islamic government of Sudan would want to get arms to the hands of the targets.

That's supposed to be the job of the U.N., right? Aiding the oppressed? Well, no. The U.N. is a thugocracy which operates to protect the continued existence of criminal governments - and to profit while doing so.

The U.N. has defined arms control as keeping guns out of the hands of non-government individuals because they want to protect the "integrity" of existing governments, no matter how murderous those governments might be. "Human rights" is a cynical phrase used by the U.N. to get the Dan Rathers of the world to retail their propaganda to the gullible. At the U.N. there is no human right to self-defense.

But there is more - much more. And it comes down to dollars and cents. Look at what we are learning about the Food for Peace scam that Kofi Annan, Jacques Chirac, Sadam Hussein and others ran for over a decade. Billions of dollars were diverted by the caring socialists who prattle on about protecting children. It was OK for Sadam to torture, rape, gas and slaughter Iraqis - just keep the kickbacks coming.

As Rep. Christopher Shays is finding, Sadam's oil money explains why the U.N. Security Council never got around to taking action to stop Sadam's food scam. As the congressman put it on a recent Fox Cable News Breakpoint: "There is blood on the hands" of those who let the U.S. take out Hussein by itself. Why would France, for example, want to take Sadam out when people close to Jacques Chirac were making a fortune from the oil-rich regime?

The Oil for Food scam was a sanctions program levied against Sadam and run by the U.N. Now we are hearing - even in the Congress of the U.S. - a call for sanctions against the thugs running the Sudan. Can you see who will support this with a high five? Another Oil for Food program (the Sudan has oil), another U.N. rip-off, and another scheme for profiteering by the Kofi Annans and Jacques Chiracs of the criminal syndicate at the U.N.

What is really needed is to give or even sell surface-to-air missiles to Sudanese freedom fighters so they can shoot down the bombers that rain death from the sky on their villages and hospitals. Also needed are RPGs to kill the truck and train loads of men and materiel pouring into the killing fields. And certainly needed are AK-47's and tons of bullets to kill Janjaweed thugs that are operating with franchises from Khartoum.

Oh, some object, these weapons could get into the wrong hands and be used to take down a civilian airliner or some other evil purpose! Listen to that argument carefully. What you are hearing is the same lament of the anti-self defense crowd at the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence, when they warn us that average folks can't have guns because they might get into the wrong hands.

Politicians like Frank Wolf (R-VA) embody this same confusion regarding domestic and foreign self-defense. The thought that a criminal might get a gun ends up sanctioning the loss of lives at home and abroad as victims remain unarmed to face armed attackers. Wolf and others think that sanctions will save lives in the Sudan. Like they did in Iraq?

"Keeping guns out of the wrong hands" sure has worked fine in the District of Columbia with its gun ban, hasn't it? D.C. has the highest murder rate of any jurisdiction in the U.S. Chicago's gun laws are almost as criminal-friendly as the District's, and its murder rate is similarly high.

The Sudan has stringent gun control laws. There, the problem is not street crime. It is genocide, carried out under direction of the Khartoum Islamofascists called the government.

It is time for Congress to get guns into the right hands. Arms are already in the wrong hands, and the disarmed are dying like flies.

� 2004 Larry Pratt - All Rights Reserved

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Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for 27 years. GOA is a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their second amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.

GOA lobbies for the pro-gun position in Washington and is involved in firearm issues in the states. GOA's work includes providing legal assistance to those involved in lawsuits with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the federal firearms law enforcement agency.

Pratt has appeared on numerous national radio and TV programs such as NBC's Today Show, CBS' Good Morning America, CNN's Crossfire and Larry King Live, Fox's Hannity & Colmes, MSNBC's Phil Donahue show and many others. He has debated Congressmen James Traficant, Jr. (D-OH), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Vice President Al Gore, among others. His columns have appeared in newspapers across the country.

He published a book, Armed People Victorious, in 1990 and was editor of a book, Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution & Militias, 1995. His latest book, On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty was published in 2001.

Pratt has held elective office in the state legislature of Virginia, serving in the House of Delegates. Pratt directs a number of other public interest organizations and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the American Institute for Cancer Research.

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The U.N. has defined arms control as keeping guns out of the hands of non-government individuals because they want to protect the "integrity" of existing governments, no matter how murderous those governments might be.