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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Freddie Goes Deep Into The Wingnut Well

When demagoguing on illegals doesn't work, when holding forth on the scourge of the Soviet Union fails to inspire, when fearmongering on Iran can't gain any traction, there's always pretending the UN will take your guns away.

Says Thompson, "Last year, the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights declared that international human rights law requires all nations to adopt strict gun control laws. These "minimum" provisions are much more restrictive than any of those on the books anywhere in the U.S. and would almost certainly violate the Second Amendment of our Constitution."

Except, that's not true.

As you can see, these are pretty broad directives. And as you can see, no country is required to do anything. In fact, the only UN body that can require something of a member state is the Security Council, on which the United States has a veto.

He also claims that the UN has denied "the existence of any human right to self-defense," which is so not true that it's in Article 51 of the original UN charter of 1945.

This whole "The UN is about to take your guns" away is pretty far down the significant rung of made-up fears from the lunatic fringe, right down there with the NAFTA Superhighway and the fluoridation of water. It's pretty deep in the wingnut id. Freddie can't figure out how else to prove to the fundies that he's one of them, so he has to pretend these lies are the truth, because that's all he's got.

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