Staring Down the Barrel of a Gun

First off, I would like to say sorry for such the long wait time between posts. Life on this side of the screen has been a little crazy.  But I do have a few things I want to talk about today. So grab your snacks, take a seat, shut up, and listen.

You probably are more aware of who broke up with who in the celebrity world than what is going on with global politics. Well for once, let’s pull our noses out of our screens and take a look dealing with an issue that affects us all. As most of you do not know, the United Nations released Resolution 2117. But despite its dull robotic name, it should be of high interest to American citizens.

To explain Resolution 2117 in simple terms, the U.N. (which quite frankly the US should not be involved with because it does not accurately represent its citizens) adopted an agreement encouraging members to disarm their citizens. According to the meeting’s minutes released on the United Nations website(click link to read), the motion passed 14 to none with one abstention (Russia). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a statement to the press after the conclusion of the meeting, saying, “The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded”.

What then happened back on US soil regarding this issue went to the Senate . According to the Senate‘s website, our participation in Resolution 2117 was voted down 53 to 46. We were just 8 votes shy of disarming our citizens and participating in something that strictly goes against our Constitution.

For those of you who slept through social studies class, the second amendment reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”.  And while most of us are not in a militia, we do exercise our right to own a gun, as was interpreted.

But the biggest question on my mind, is why has this issue remained so dormant? This might sound like recent news, however it was vetoed by the US Senate on March 23, 2013. And what’s more odd is that the minutes for the UN meeting regarding Resolution 2117 were not released until September 26, 2013. And why, if this is an issue that concerns American rights, the number one site that pops up on Google, is snopes.com(a website that is known to be discreditable)? Where was the coverage by CNN, the New York Times, etc?

And while I leave you that to think about, also consider this; what else has been passed and/or vetoed that we as a collective whole are not fully aware of? Food for thought…

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