Pro-Gun Group Awards Dubious Honor to UN Secretary-General

July 7, 2008 - 8:03 PM

United Nations ( - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, now traveling in Europe, has missed most of the two-week-long U.N conference on the world's illicit small-arms trade, but even so, he did not escape the wrath of a pro-gun group.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms on Tuesday awarded Annan its "Civil Liberties Infringement Prize."

John Michael Snyder, a spokesman for the group, said Annan deserves the mock honor "because he uses his international position at the United Nations as a platform from which to undermine the traditional, individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms."

By working to undermine the right to keep and bear arms, Snyder said, "gun-grabbing Kofi and his henchmen in effect oppose the right of people to protect their lives and the lives of their loved ones. They constitute an international menace to the right to life itself. Truly, they are a disgrace to the international community. Their activity at U.N. headquarters in New York City constitutes an insult to the United States of America."

The United Nations had no comment on Snyder's remarks.

Snyder welcomed last week's statement by U.S. Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton, who told the U.N. conference that the United States government would oppose the proposed U.N. arms control agreement as long as it infringed on the right of Americans to bear arms. "Our government must maintain this position," Bolton said. "It must not cooperate with U.N. gun grabbers."

But Bolton's comment did not please Mary Leigh Blek of the anti-gun Million Mom March. She told the U.N. conference that Bolton's view does not represent the majority of the American public.

"That delegate represents a minority view of the minority government," Blek said. "The majority of my fellow citizens favor better regulation of guns, including licensing of gun owners, registration of guns and closing the gun-show loophole that allows criminals and minors to get weapons," she said.

Blek added, "The American public is learning that guns purchased in legal markets here can and do flow into the illicit [worldwide] market...We know that guns do not respect borders."

Snyder wants the U.S. Congress to suspend all contributions from U.S. taxpayers to the United Nations "unless and until Kofi and his gang get off their anti-gun, anti-American high horses."

Negotiations continued Tuesday on the final wording of a document that U.N. officials believe will serve as a "framework" for international cooperation to curb the illicit arms trade.

Any "plan of action" the United Nations may pass will not be legally binding on U.N. member states, however.

The "illicit small arms" conference ends Friday.

See Earlier Story:
Talks Continue on Final UN Gun Plan