Amnesty International brief against right to bear arms

Amnesty International brief against right to bear arms

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to enforce the Second Amendment right to “bear arms” in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen , an amicus brief from Amnesty International argues that doing so would violate international law. In this post, I’ll examine the arguments in the AI brief. Back in the days when I was a monthly donor to AI, the group was known for its work in supporting political prisoners around the world. But for a long time AI has involved itself in many other issues, including global gun prohibition. Today, the leading international anti-gun organization is Control Arms, which was cofounded in 2003 by Amnesty International, Oxfam, and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). For these groups, a complete embargo on all arms sales to Israel is a longstanding priority. See, e .g. , Control Arms, Arms Without Borders: Why a Global Trade Needs Global Controls , Oct. 2006. To prevent Israel from manufacturing its own arms, the groups also favor a ban on commerce in arms-making materials, such as titanium. It’s not just Israelis whom AI wants to disarm. The group enthusiastically supported hard left Brazilian president Lula da Silva’s 2005 ballot referendum to ban all gun sales. (The ban was defeated 64%-36%). Even some ardent opponents of civilian gun ownership in general acknowledge that defensive arms are legitimate for people who are the targets of an active genocide campaign. AI disagrees. The group did a good job of documenting […]

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