By: José Niño
Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the United Nations (U.N.) High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for the U.S. to adopt stricter gun control following the riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
After Jacob Blake, who had a warrantfor felony sexual assault, was shot multiple times after he resisted arrest and attempted to grab a knife from his car, agitators took advantage of this shooting to riot and bring unrest to the streets of Kenosha.
On August 27, Kyle Rittenhouse was involved in a heated confrontation while attempting to defend private property from leftist agitators. Rittenhouse ended up having to shoot several assailants — mortally wounding two of them and wounding another — and was later charged with intentional and reckless homicide.
During a press briefing, Colville described the shooting of Blake as a “panful reminder” of the risks African-Americans face when dealing with law enforcement. Colville then immediately pivoted the discussion to gun control when he declared that America is lacking in gun control, citing how the August 27 shootings involved a 17-year-old with a semi-automatic rifle. Colville is of the opinion that weak gun control laws harm people’s education and security prospects.
It is rather rich coming from an organization like the U.N., whose human rights council featurescountries such as Libya, Sudan, and Venezuela – not exactly a group of freedom-loving countries. While freedom is great in the abstract sense, the world will not always be a safe place. What’s more, governments, despite their obligations to defend their citizenry, cannot always be counted on for protection. With these considerations in mind, many Americans end up exercising their right to bear arms to secure themselves, their families, and their loved ones. Simply put, the right to bear arms allows people to enjoy freedom. The long-standing embrace of the Second Amendment by Americans has preserved American freedoms for multiple generations.
For the U.N., which is filled with countries that still have medieval relations with their citizenry, the concept of a Second Amendment is foreign. But for many Americans, it’s a way of life that requires a steadfast defense from enemies both within and without.
José Niño is an American freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. Sign up for his mailing list here. Contact him via Facebook, Twitter, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get his e-book, The 10 Myths of Gun Control, here.