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Gun Owners Without Borders

Gun Owners Without Borders is a proposal for a new international human rights organization.

Gun Owners Without Borders recognizes a bond between individual human beings whose right to live is challenged by their governments or other forces.

Gun Owners Without Borders supports an inalienable right of people to resist any attempts to exterminate them, regardless of the source or justification for the attempted extermination.

Current United Nations policies do not prevent genocide and democide, because a nation's sovereignty logically comes first. Internal policies are a nation's own business. This holds true whether the rulers are elected, appointed, inherited or in charge through force of arms.

Gun Owners Without Borders recognizes that this is perfectly understandable and a normal state of affairs under the nation-state system.

Communist China, for example, could shoot its citizens who are drug addicts, or for political reasons, or to harvest organs or to turn babies over for adoption (and they do). The U.N. and others might object, or not, but it's not within their realm to stop such abuse. Nor could they, as a practical matter, if they were of a mind to.

Gun Owners Without Borders therefore understands it falls only to individual persons to defend their own right to their own lives if they can, even if such defense would be viewed as illegal or criminal acts by the ruling parties. Under the doctrine of state sovereignty, anyone who shoots back at an agent of the government is by definition typically an "outlaw."

Wherever people are oppressed or their lives placed in danger from government, powerful economic interests, criminals, zealots, tyrants, the criminally insane or others, Gun Owners Without Borders recognizes the right such people have to live, regardless of the U.N. or any other authority's failure to act, refusal to act, or inability to act.

Gun Owners Without Borders calls upon Amnesty International, Journalists Without Borders, Doctors Without Borders and all borderless groups to recognize individual people's right to live, despite government edicts to the contrary.

Arming people under such circumstances is seen by Gun Owners Without Borders as moral and just, even though the rulers taking such people's lives would view it as criminal activity. Such is the paradox of life on Earth.

From pestholes of poverty in deepest Africa to reprisals facing innocent women ruled by Muslim men, from remote hills in Communist China to the depths of the American South, from tyrannical conditions in Kazakhstan to ruthless policies in sophisticated France, all people have the same inherent, inalienable right to live and personally protect their lives from whatever unjust threats they face.

The fact that the Founders of the United States saw fit to recognize these rights and to embody guarantees of such protection in the famous and feared Second Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights makes it no less valid to people living in any populous or remote corner of the globe.

If government derives its just power to govern from consent of the people governed, then those people must also be free to choose to defend their lives from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

It is recognition of the fundamental right to live that is embraced by Gun Owners Without Borders, and is championed as a just, legitimate, reasonable and common sense right for all of humanity.

For more on the politics of disarming civilians in the false name of justice, click here.

Thomas Jefferson, quoting Beccaria:

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

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Minutemen Making Headway

The lamestream media told you:
Dangerous gun-toting Minuteman vigilantes [picture of handgun in belt holster] are threatening people on our borders (2004); little news since then, almost none in 2007.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps has just released these results for volunteer border watches for illegal-alien activities:

30,000: Border sightings since program began (rounded to nearest thousand).

13,534: Intruder apprehensions from 26 countries confirmed by Border Patrol [equals 2.2 sightings per apprehension, the same rate of capture BP claims]; note that Border Patrol's official figures exceed one million captures annually for the past five years, suggesting at least one million successful illegal entries annually, yet "news" reports claim 12 million illegals are in U.S., with no change since at least 2002, which would be, what's the word, impossible.]

310: People rescued from dying in the desert, [no comment from ACLU].

750: Total watch-days during five 30-day operations in five states.

966: Total days of Minutemen on watch at the border.

100: Local chapters created in 50 states.

Plus: Minutemen on rolling watch in local communities 365 days a year 24x7

Plus: Federal amnesty legislation in Washington, D.C. defeated

And: Leading the charge -- singlehandedly made the illegal alien invasion and border insecurity a national issue.

Read the eyewitness report on what this program is really about -- nothing like what the "news" reports (be sure to check out the photos).

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NICS Expansion Problems

The lamestream media told you:
The NICS expansion bill will simply add the names of the mentally incompetent to the "NICS" list of people who are not qualified to have guns. "These people are already banned from gun ownership by law, which is a good thing," commented the commentator.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
The accuracy of the list of 21 million people Congress may soon add to the NICS list is unknown, controversial and being ignored by power brokers pushing for quick adoption of this dubious bill.

The unintended consequences of the bill are just coming to light. People have expressed concern, ignored in the lamestream media and Congress that:

People might avoid seeking medical attention if it means they might lose their rights;

Prior legal acts, medications, treatments and therapies might lead to inclusion in the NICS list without notice;

Inclusion in the NICS database might in the future justify a loss of employment, security clearance, passport access, voting rights, teaching license and more;

A person unknowingly added to the list might be committing a felony by applying for a gun at retail, with no practical mechanism for advice or redress;

Federal prosecutors in Project Safe Neighborhoods (formerly Project Exile) may be poised to prosecute "crimes" like a denied attempt to purchase firearms at retail;

The idea of the mental health community issuing gun passes to people it formerly categorized as unfit would seem like a joke if it wasn't so serious; and

As reported here earlier, the remedies some lobbyists seem so hopeful about strike the Uninvited Ombudsman as window dressing that will not see the light of day, if the authorities in charge have anything to do with it, aside from the fact that the whole scheme rests on a process that has been dead for 15 years because it hasn't been funded since 1992.

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Parker Gun Case

4/20/2008: See my correction to this post here.

The lamestream media told you:
The mayor of Washington, D.C. has hired an expensive law firm at taxpayer expense to fight against residents who seek to regain their right to keep and bear arms. That right is being challenged in the "Parker" case and may go to the Supreme Court.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Activists should be aware that as the "Parker" case heads to appeal at the Supreme Court, it may no longer be the "Parker" case.  The pleading for certiorari will be titled "District of Columbia v. Heller" another of the original plaintiffs.

Asked why the change was made, an insider with knowledge of the case suggests, "D.C. has switched to Heller probably because Parker is an African-American female and Heller is a less sympathetic figure as a white male. Our side will probably keep the name Parker when responding to the D.C. cert petition, and ultimately, it'll be up to the Supremes."

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, D.C.'s hired guns in this gun case, is using the collection of founding documents compiled on ConSource, the first comprehensive online collection of Constitution-related source materials. Their research will present the District's position that their handgun ban withstands Constitutional scrutiny, and that you have no rights. These documents will play an important role in seeking to overturn the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit holding that the District's law, banning gun possession even at home, violates the Second Amendment.

ConSource is currently in beta test, but is accessible by special request.

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BBC Bias Revealed

The lamestream media told you:
A new survey indicates the British BBC state-run news network, long thought to be an unbiased source of news, has a slightly left (socialist) tilt.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
BBC reporter Antony Jay, commenting on his early idealistic days with the BBC, notes, "we were antiindustry, anticapitalism, antiadvertising, antiselling, antiprofit, antipatriotism, antimonarchy, antiempire, antipolice, antiarmed forces, antibomb, antiauthority. Almost anything that made the world a freer, safer and more prosperous place -- you name it, we were anti it."

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Carbon Offset Scam

The lamestream media told you:
More people are buying "carbon offsets" to undo the "carbon footprint" of their activities, like wedding parties, air conditioning and movie production. The popular new "offsets" will help save the planet. Go out and buy some today!

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Science behind "carbon offsets" does not exist, and a quick survey of websites selling undefined but expensive "offsets" look suspiciously like snake oil sales. Movie producers and Al Gore have announced multiple purchases of the new "product."

Experts agree it might attract great attention and become a resource for people in all sorts of endeavor, if a foundation, or website, or whatever, actually provided meaningful calculations on carbon footprints. The Uninvited Ombudsman has noticed that current "news" relies on adjectives instead of numbers or measurement.

Such as: How many trees remove how many car exhausts over what time frame; how much CO2 daily sunlight releases from the ocean (the largest source of atmospheric CO2 by far) with a bar graph showing variable solar output which changes daily; how much CO2 a non-driver releases daily by breathing or while exercising at a health club; global CO2 output by people sleeping nightly; how much petroleum is consumed in planting, fertilizing, tending, harvesting, processing and delivering the meal you had for lunch, or that peach from Peru.

Columbia Journalism Review is currently debating whether greenies are right that numerous small farms and people traveling there would consume less energy that huge farms with well-placed supermarkets, but no one knows.

Lamestream news outlets have adopted footprint-offset speak as part of their environmental beat, with no sign of critical thought evident.

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Miners Still Trapped

The lamestream media told you:
Six miners remain trapped in a coal mine in Utah. Here with continuing coverage is our man on the scene.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Although "news" editors everywhere presumed viewers were entranced by the incessant non-news of people milling around 1,900 feet away from where the unfortunate miners were trapped, actual viewers were revolted and bored by the endless day-after-day coverage of nothing new to report. All Americans were saddened by the loss, when the collapse occurred.

An unscientific survey that Page Nine readers are encouraged to conduct involves asking the next six people you meet if they remained glued to their TV sets to follow the coal mine cave in, or if they have a life. Several studies already conducted indicated most people have a life, and the primary viewers of the Utah non-events were in TV-station control rooms.

At least, the coal mine edged the news-media helicopter crash off the air, though Nancy Grace did bring back live coverage of Anna Nicole Smith, who is dead.

Meanwhile, while the six victims were getting countless hours of prime TV and newspaper space, tons of real news was disregarded, hundreds of people dying from serious threats you face daily was omitted, and the truth about political candidates was avoided.

Where editors get their values from, or how they make their coverage decisions remains a mystery.

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Gun Rights Day

The lamestream media told you:
Jesse Jackson, in his honorable and endless quest for social justice and fairness, is staging a gun-store protest in 25 cities on August 28. People everywhere may finally be free of criminal violence and injustice thanks to the noble actions of this honorable defender of freedom, on the same day Martin Luther King also did something great.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Media darling Jesse Jackson, one of the nation's most outspoken racists and promoters of social division, plans a coordinated attack on the Bill of Rights and gun owners across America on Aug. 28. Jackson will be leaching off the day Martin Luther King marched on Washington.

In response, Jeff Knox of the Firearms Coalition has declared Aug. 28 "National Exercise Your Rights Day" to counter Jackson's call for an anti-rights sideshow. Knox is asking supporters of the Second Amendment to purchase a firearm or ammunition on that day. Tell your friends, and your friendly local dealers and ranges. "It's the perfect day to take a newcomer to the range," says the Uninvited Ombudsman. Read Jeff's excellent column.

Although Jackson's plans for an anti-rights event have received widespread coverage, Knox's plans for a pro-rights event have been largely ignored. Coverage on the day of the event is expected to follow similar editorial guidelines.

"It is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks."
–Malcolm X (1964)

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Gays or Guns

The lamestream media told you:
Democratic presidential contenders participated in a candidate's forum for the gay community, with musician Melissa Etheridge showing superb skills as an interviewer, asking tough questions and making candidates squirm.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
If a tiny, marginal, but loud "community" like gay people can force a presidential debate for their concerns, it is clearly time for the gun-owning community to demand a candidate debate for the 95 million Americans who own guns and are concerned about mounting challenges to their rights under the Bill of Rights.

Unlike recently invented "gay-rights" demands, which among other things reversed long-standing jail terms for sodomy, the right to keep and bear arms is specifically recognized in the Bill of Rights, and has existed since before the nation was founded.

Lamestream "news" headlines for a proposed gun-rights debate are easy to predict. "No Candidates Show Up For Gun Rights Debate."

A top Democrat strategist pointed out that, "All our candidates are supporters of the Second Amendment as long as assault weapons aren't included, so there's no point in holding a debate on what the voters already know."

The Uninvited Ombudsman points out, again, that assault is a kind of behavior, not a kind of hardware, and that any gun pointed at you is an assault, a serious felony crime, and punishable with heavy prison sentences.

How the tiny gay community can accomplish what the gigantic and feared powerful gun lobby cannot was unexplained at press time, and challenges the belief that the gun lobby is all that powerful, especially compared to gays.

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Gun Sales Exploding

The lamestream media told you:
Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Sales by gun and ammunition manufacturers grew by 14% in the first quarter of 2007 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to the firearm industry's best economic indicators -- the latest Pittman-Robertson federal excise tax report.

Excise taxes are a percentage of wholesale receipts, taken quarterly from firearm and ammunition manufacturers by the federal government, and earmarked for state wildlife conservation and habitat restoration programs.

From January through March, $70 million was collected for conservation, compared to $61 million in 2006. The latest tax collections suggest sales of $653.9 million during the quarter, not including retail markup or final retail sales. The increase was seen across the board in sales of handguns, long guns and ammunition.

The tremendous and constant support of conservation and the U.S. economy by the gun industry is routinely ignored by the lamestream media for reasons that were unclear at press time.

Normally, 14% growth in an industry would be big news, but no "news" outlets carried this wonderful story.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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