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Letter to the Editor: Don't let U.N. dictate law to U.S.


The United States has joined 152 other countries in support of the Arms Trade Treaty Resolution, which establishes the dates for the 2012 U.N .conference (July 2-27 2012) intended to attack American sovereignty by stripping Americans of the right to keep and bear arms.

Working groups of anti-gun countries are scripting language for the conference this year, creating a blueprint for other countries when they meet at the full conference.

This is an egregious violation of our Second Amendment rights. It should be opposed vigorously by every American. I urge every American to contact their senators and stress and urge them to vigorously oppose and vote against this treaty.

Retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin, who has been at the forefront of citizen opposition to the treaty, stated, "There has been a decree by the administration by the president and the secretary of state saying that our president will sign the United Nations small arms treaty, which is about how we will buy sell and control individual private weapons. That means the United Nations, an international body, will decide how you and I as Americans can buy and sell our weapons, how we control those weapons, who is authorized to have those weapons and where they are. This is a dangerous trend."

Indeed it is! Regardless of where you stand on the gun control issue, surely you realize that we must not let the United Nations, or any nation, or nations, dictate policy or law to the United Sates. Contact your senators today!

L. John Bost, Strasburg


GUNS! GUNS! GUNS! Thank you, Mr. Bost, for re-enforcing my belief that I would NOT want to join YOU and YOUR religious ideology.


Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."

Psalm 119:165 "Great peace have they which love thy law and nothing shall offend them."

Matthew 19:18 "Which ones?" the man inquired. Jesus replied, "'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony,

In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.--Herodotus Greek, Historian Quotes

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? ~Abraham Lincoln

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes (Letter to von Humboldt, 1813)

“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” Gandhi


Opposition in the United States
Given the predominant position of the United States as a global arms exporter[10], any such treaty would have limited relevance without its participation. Ratification would require passage by a 2/3 majority of the U.S. Senate in addition to presidential approval, which is rendered unlikely by opposition from gun rights groups such as the National Rifle Association, who claim that the treaty is an attempt to circumvent the Second Amendment and similar guarantees in state constitutions in order to impose domestic gun regulations.[11] Advocates of the treaty claim that it only pertains to international arms trade, and would have no effect on current domestic laws[12][13]. These advocates point to the UN General Assembly resolution starting the process on the Arms Trade Treaty. The resolution explicitly states that it is “the exclusive right of States to regulate internal transfers of arms and national ownership, including through constitutional protections on private ownership.”
As of September 14, 2011, 58 US Senators (45 Republicans and 13 Democrats) have expressed their opposition to an ATT that would limit the Second Amendment rights of US citizens.[14] As this group comprises far more than 1/3 of the Senate, it is sufficient to block ratification of the treaty by the United States if the treaty addresses civilian ownership of firearms. However, the strength of the opposition remains unclear because the treaty will not likely address the Second Amendment issue.
A quick search of the Internet (on Feb 8, 2012) confirms that the treaty is highly controversial in the United States and has been fodder for political speeches, blogs, viral political e-mails and advertisements claiming or insinuating that the treaty provides a "legal way around the 2nd amendment," and a "complete ban on all weapons for U.S. citizens." Snopes.com, the "urban myth" tester, calls the viral e-mail "scarelore" and false.[15] The Huffington Post reports that "such a scenario remains virtually impossible."[16] The Los Angeles Times reports on October 23, 2011 that "only a narrow fringe purports that Americans could see their guns taken away by the U.N., which has no authority over constitutional rights."[17]


Sometimes living in the age of information at your fingertips is a good thing, ESPECIALLY when you smack truth upside the head of fear mongers.

This goes back to 2008 at least and is the latest baloney we get from Mr. Bost.


Bost reminds all of us about "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" fable. If America votes for this treaty how can that be misconstrued as America allowing other nations to dictate to us? Would John Bost vote for my candidate if I told him to? Another absurdity championed by weak-minded sheep following the contorted Fox News Pied Piper. When has Fox News ever been accurate about ANYTHING?

The purpose of the Arms Trade Treaty Resolution is a binding international treaty that would establish global rules for the cross-border trade in weapons and ammunition. Its intent is to prohibit individuals, not governments, from selling arms to other individuals across international borders. As an example, the treaty allows America to sell arms to Israel or Russia sell arms to Syria, but would prohibit John Bost from selling AK47's to Jose Tortilla the drug dealer who lives in a mud hut in Mexico.

With roots beginning as early as 2003, more than 150 nations voted for a resolution to create this month-long conference to hammer out the language of the treaty. Additionally, hundreds of private humanitarian organizations such as Oxfam America endorse creating the treaty.


Once again, the NRA and Fox News are leading the Tin Foil Hat Marching Band consisting of ultra far right wing rabblerousing ignorant followers into believing their Second Amendment freedoms are somehow being threatened by international conspiracies. Would these guys tell a pack of lies to further their agendas?

Nothing could be further from the truth. But now the far right Kool-Aid drinking gun-crazies jump on the "Chicken Little" fear wagon and imagine all kinds of dire consequences, egged on by the talking heads at Fox and the local gullible fall guys like Bost.

The treaty will not address or impact our Second Amendment. It's the truth and you know it.

Just more fear mongering from the whackos on the radical right. According to the National Association Of Evangelicals “the Arms treaty would not create any new regulatory or enforcement agency with power to intervene in national legislation. Implementation would be the responsibility of the states to sign the treaty. . . . There is nothing in the Arms Treaty that is incompatible with the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”

People like Bost who claim the moral high ground as Christians care not a wit for the millions of people you are killed because of the lack of enforceable regulations in the International arms trade. That’s not Christianity. It’s sheer hypocrisy.

I'd be embarrassed to author something so pathetic. What's up with these people? They don't check the reliability of things and mislead people in the process. Maybe it's deliberate. Insert eye roll here.


While I hate to have to defend Bost's fear mongering in any shape or form, his letter (that NVD acting responsibly should have NEVER lent voice to such fabrication) does not mention spirituality. I also realize from other articles that Bost takes part in fear mongering on the religious front as well.

BUT for the sake of this particular instance, it is rather easy to debunk his tactics without stabbing him in the eye as well. Truth and Logic may not be relevant to Bost, but it may matter to other readers out there. Someone who is spiritual yet realistic may automatically shut out any reasonable conversation when their spirituality is being called into question unnecessarily.

Long and short, stick to the facts at hand. Leave the fear mongering and personal attacks to the sheep!

I agree with a lot of your post. But I don't agree that the NV Daily should have prevented his letter. He has a first amendment right to write that letter and no matter how outrageous or lacking in fact it was, the press shouldn't be preventing his right to do so.


NVD is a private entity. Bost is free to stand on any corner screaming lies, print his own paper full of lies, etc. But as a private entity NVD is not required to post/print anything someone submits them. Truth may not sell as well as entertainment, but once upon a time the truth meant something in journalism. If feeling necessary to lend voice to such BS, the NVD could have added an editors note including facts.

The UN small arms treaty is a bad idea, just like the rights of the child, and every other treaty they put forward for the USA to pay for, and I hope we do have enough sane Senators to vote against ratification of it.

"society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer."
--Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

The looney right wing followers of Rush Limbaugh and the local Tea PartyTin Foil Hat Marching Band does not know what they are talking about. Never has. Never will. And you know it.


Note to those that may post afterward...Don't bother.

I know you read the post above mine and thought "children's rights? Is anyone REALLY that mindless? shallow? ignorant?"

Its not even worth it, just have pity and keep walking.

Jesus said:

Mark 10:14 Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

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