Let’s Hope We Still Do!

July 22, 2011

The Empire Strikes Back

Written by Oliver North

Friday, 22 July 2011
Georgetown County, SC – “Will your Boykin hunt?” asked the young man, admiring the
little red spaniel at my side. “Casey” wagged her tail and sat, patiently
waiting for me to check out of the local farmers market with a basket of fresh
peaches, corn and tomatoes.“She’s not yet a year old, but she already works
well into the wind, can kick up a bird and if I shoot right, she retrieves to
hand,” I replied with no small amount of hubris. The conversation abruptly
shifted to international politics – but not in the direction I expected.  “What are you going to do with her once
‘The Empire’ bans your shotguns?” he asked.
For a moment I was lost. “The Empire?”
“Yeah,” he said, “The UN – the global imperial government in New York.
‘The Empire’ wants to

I’m used to strangers approaching me on topics like hunting, the war, our
troops serving in harm’s way, the national debt, taxes and the endless list
of presidential candidates. But it’s unusual for an interlocutor to shift
instantly from hunting to the United Nations. So I asked, “Why do you think
that could happen while we still have a 2nd Amendment in our Constitution?
The American people wouldn’t stand for it.”

“Do you really think ‘We the People’ are paying attention to what the UN is
doing while we’re distracted with everything else that’s going on?”  It was a reasonable question – and I
concluded: “No, most people probably aren’t engaged on this issue. But some
of us are, and there are more than 80 million U.S. gun owners. I’m on the
board of the National Rifle Association, and we’re paying attention.” “Good,” the young man replied with a smile,
“because I helped elect you. I’m a life member of the NRA.”

After paying for our produce, we spoke for a few more minutes in the parking
lot. I again assured him that the NRA and organizations such as Freedom
Alliance are doing their best to preserve American’s individual liberties and
protect U.S. sovereignty and security – even though it often appears to be an
uphill fight. I then went home to dig into what the globalists at the UN are
preparing for us. As usual, it isn’t good.

For five years now, various committees of the United Nations purport to have
been drafting “an internationally acceptable Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)” that
“will make the world safer.” If the UN’s “Open-Ended Working Group on the
ATT” completes its “work” on time, the treaty will be voted on next year. The
Obama administration is on record supporting the measure, claiming “The
United States is committed to actively pursuing a strong and robust treaty
that contains the highest possible, legally binding standards for the
international transfer of conventional weapons.”

Earlier this month, Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, went
to the big blue building in New York City to tell the America haters of the
“Working Group,” in unequivocal terms, why the current draft of the treaty is
unacceptable: “The right to keep and bear arms in defense of self, family and
country is ultimately self-evident and is part of the Bill of Rights of the
United States Constitution. Reduced to its core, it is about fundamental
individual freedom, human worth and self-destiny.” He noted that among the
many flaws of the ATT, “a manufacturer of civilian shotguns would have to
comply with the same regulatory process as a manufacturer of military attack

Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon, who wrote the book on how the UN
usurps U.S. sovereignty, “Diplomatic Divorce,” says we shouldn’t be surprised
at the international forum’s end-run on the U.S. Constitution. “The UN is a
global-leftist organization that uses multilateral treaties like the ATT to
enforce their will upon all humankind. It’s the ultimate power play. To them,
the U.S. Constitution and the sovereign rights of American citizens are
irrelevant. If they have their way, they will create a vast new international
bureaucracy to document, regulate, track, supervise, inspect and maintain
surveillance over every firearm ever made. Such a regime ought to be
completely unacceptable to every American.”

LaPierre and Kilgannon make clear that including civilian firearms in the ATT
is unacceptable to the NRA and Freedom Alliance. Whether that will be
sufficient to convince the Obama administration remains to be seen. But there
is some good news in all of this.  As we parted ways at the local farmers market, my inquisitor stuck out his
hand and said: “You served in the Marines. I was in the Army. We both took an
oath to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ I hope
that still matters.” When he got into his truck, I noticed his license plate:
Massachusetts. Home of Paul Revere, John Adams, John Hancock. When an empire
struck at Americans in 1775, they knew what to do. Let’s hope we still do.



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