July 20, 2009

Making the Case for Sporting Firearms at the United Nations

NEW YORK, NY (July 16, 2009)--As president of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute, a Non-Governmental Organization member of the United Nations, Steve Sanetti addressed the U.N.'s  Open-Ended Working Group last week with the goal of explaining the legitimate uses of firearms and ammunition for sporting purposes and hunting by many millions of law-abiding persons worldwide, and urging that civilian firearms should be beyond the scope of any proposed U.N. consideration of fully automatic military firearms when its deliberations turn to small arms and light weapons as part of an International Arms Trade Treaty.

Sanetti delivered the speech to approximately 300 delegates at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan. Some segments of the speech are provided below:

Mr. Chairman and Members:

Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute

Courtesy, diluvi.com

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute advocates the legitimate, safe and responsible use of sporting firearms, and the right of free passage of those firearms through member states.

Thank you for this opportunity to address the Open-Ended Working Group on behalf of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, an NGO member of this body and which serves to establish industry standards for safety, interchangeability, reliability and quality related to the manufacturing of sporting firearms . . .

Sport shooting activities enjoy a deep heritage and broad appeal worldwide, and are rooted in centuries-old traditions built on safety, responsibility, marksmanship, competition, fair chase, respect for wildlife and respect for the land. That responsible civilians can, as they have for centuries, safely own, use and enjoy their personally-owned firearms is dramatically illustrated by the fact that despite an estimated nearly 300 million firearms in lawful private possession in the United States alone, firearms accidents are at an all-time low, accounting for less than 1 percent of all accidental fatalities in the country, dropping by over 42 percent in the last 20 years, according to the National Safety Council.

Millions of sportsmen and women have a strong appreciation not only for the activities they enjoy, but also for the fine craftsmanship and industrial ingenuity that are hallmarks of the sporting firearms they use and collect for sport shooting. On a personal note, as an avid sport shooter and collector I can say that owning and using firearms for sporting purposes has enriched my life and given me untold hours of pleasure and shared good company . . .

The world is constantly changing, and there are some who call for social and political reforms that increasingly threaten sport shooting and hunting. That is why I welcome the chance to speak to you on behalf of a responsible and law-abiding industry and for so many sportsmen and women throughout the world who share this passion.

For as long as firearms have been around, they have been used for hunting and target shooting—traditional activities that are enjoyed with family and friends. The stories of successful hunting trips and competition medals won are passed down through generations and have created the fabric of the sport shooting culture around the world . . .

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute advocates the legitimate, safe and responsible use of sporting firearms, and the right of free passage of those firearms through member states . . .

It is difficult in the limited time I have this morning/afternoon to capture the full value of hunting in the modern world, but I will try. Hunting is at the core of what makes us human, and contrary to what some may think, hunters celebrate wildlife and have done more to help conserve wildlife and habitat than any other single group in history . . .

The economic impact of hunting supports more than wildlife conservation, however. Economic stimulus from hunting is visible globally, from small towns in rural America to small villages in African countries where a dependable, yearly food and revenue stream is vitally important. When wildlife is considered as a valuable commodity to protect and conserve, it works to prevent the illegal taking of game and the eventual devastation of species and their habitats.

. . . In countries such as Namibia, a popular destination for hunters, the economic impact of hunting is substantial, amounting to well over 100 million Namibian dollars and totaling approximately 14 percent of the tourism sector . . .

So in conclusion, I urge that this group consider carefully the benefits sport shooting and hunting convey to hundreds of millions of law-abiding citizens around the globe, prior to formulating any policies or directives which address our mutual goal of creating appropriate policies regarding the international transport and transfer of fully automatic military weapons. These important goals, both of them, can be addressed and obtained, so long as we all have a proper respect for the rights of law-abiding citizens of disparate cultures and lifestyles that must be allowed to co-exist if all of us are to enjoy the right to the pursuit of happiness, each in our own way.

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Comments (10)

I have nothing but respect for the soldiers who toil under the U.N's " Peacekeeping ". If the U.N had been G.M, they would have been bankrupt years ago.

Posted by: Narq52 | July 27, 2009 12:58 PM    Report this comment

QUOTE: "...beyond the scope of any proposed U.N. consideration of fully automatic military firearms..."

Fully automatic firearms are exactly the type of arms that the 2nd Amendment protects.

"Equally armed" was the idea.

Posted by: RackEmPunk | July 27, 2009 12:10 PM    Report this comment

QUOTE: "...beyond the scope of any proposed U.N. consideration of fully automatic military firearms..."

Fully automatic firearms are exactly the type of arms that the 2nd Amendment protects.

"Equally armed" was the idea.

Posted by: RackEmPunk | July 27, 2009 12:07 PM    Report this comment

I must definitely agree with "chancesR". One of the worst arguments that was ever promulgated in defense of the Second Amendment was the defense of hunting and shooting sports!
I have made this point many times before, and it continually needs re-emphasis: The Second Amendment ain't about the shooting sports! It is all about the right of self defense, defense of loved ones, maintenance of law and order, strong national defense, and.....defense against tyrannical government.

Posted by: canovack | July 23, 2009 7:59 PM    Report this comment

Mr. Sanetti misses the mark. Our second admendment has nothing to do with hunting or sport shooting. Not that I'm oppossed to either. But the whole UN debacle is about the US being a follower, not the leader of the free world. To heck with that and the UN. The UN and the Liberals are in bed together on the disarming of the US citizen. That is their primary objective and they couldn't care less about any of the 'games' we enjoy that goes along with the right of private firearm ownership/rights.

Posted by: chancesR | July 23, 2009 4:27 PM    Report this comment

Hey...canovack....They wouldn't have done that...because that's where all the "HEAD" terrorists hang out!!

In God We Trust....

Posted by: Geometric1 | July 23, 2009 3:16 PM    Report this comment

In theory, the United Nations was a good idea.
When the UN Charter was adopted in 1945, it offered a second life to Woodrow Wilson's League of Nations, and as such did provide a forum for reasonable discourse and debate among member nations. Over the long term, though, the UN has become an impotent body who
is no longer respected in any part of the world. In more recent times, the UN has become the forum for some of the world's most
despicable nations to acquire parity with the major powers, thus turning what was a well-meaning organization into a haven for leftists and totalitarian regimes. Politically, I fear that we are stuck with it, and in keeping its headquarters in New York, we may accrue certain benefits due to geography. I do personally agree, however, that we might all have been better served if the 9/11 hijackers would have flown their aircraft into the UN headquarters instead of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Posted by: canovack | July 23, 2009 11:33 AM    Report this comment

I think we should put the new U.N. Headquarters in Iraq.

Posted by: Robert J | July 23, 2009 9:43 AM    Report this comment

Good speech. The problem is that we should drop out of the UN and ship their headquarters off to some island or maybe to Africa.

Posted by: dgray64 | July 23, 2009 9:08 AM    Report this comment

Steve Sanetti is the King, the one-eyed man in the World Of The Blind. He's the voice of reason in a world-wide insane asylum, trying to calm the vast herd of lunatics all shrieking in dissonant chorus with Rebecca Peters, the hoplophobic Australian shrew who claims that human beings are the only living organisms on this planet which have no right of self defense. None of the members of the U.N.'s Open-Ended Working Group are the least bit interested in human rights, civil rights, or law and order, and most of them harbor active antipathy for liberty and freedom. As a nation, we've done the best possible thing that we can do in the face of the UN's repeated attempts to destroy our Constitution...



Posted by: Lee W | July 20, 2009 5:29 PM    Report this comment

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