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U.S. State Department Celebrates U.N. Gun Destruction Event

Friday, July 9, 2010

Fairfax, Va. – Today, the U.S. State Department announced its support for the United Nations' “International Small Arms Destruction Day.” The State Department, under the leadership of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, calls this ridiculous event part of the United States’ ongoing efforts to support the “rule of law around the world” and boasts of spending more than $130 million to destroy “1.4 million small arms and light weapons.” A press release from the State Department says this money was spent at the behest of the anti-gun United Nations to reduce the impact of “illicit flows of small arms and light weapons.”

Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist said, "The U.N. has long had an agenda of undermining our Second Amendment freedoms by ending all private ownership of firearms by law-abiding Americans. Now, our State Department is joining the effort. The Obama Administration's embrace of this offensive 'celebration' and the UN’s 'Programme of Action on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects' -- a program that has sought to disarm Americans and undermine the United States Constitution -- is an affront to the 80 million law-abiding gun owners in our country.”

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