From Antonio Maria Costa, Undersecretary of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime:
I know that the last thing many Americans want to hear is a senior U.N. official telling law-abiding citizens to curtail their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Iâ€™m not doing that. At the U.N. we fully understand the fundamental importance of constitutional rights and respect for the rule of law.
We especially encourage the debate on the issue of reinstating the 1994 U.S. ban on assault rifles that expired in 2004. And we support further debate within the United States on whether to close the gun show and private sale loopholes in existing U.S. laws, which create boundless opportunities for criminals to acquire illicit weapons. These legislative changes do not affect law-abiding hunters and sport shooters in any way.
No, Signore Costa, you don’t understand it.Â I think I speak for a lot of American gun owners when I tell you “vaffanculo! vai in culo!”Â You don’t get to tell us what is and isn’t in our constitutional tradition, and what will and won’t affect hunters and sport shooter.Â We know that better than you.Â And furthermore, the Second Amendment has nothing to do with either of those things.Â Both hunting and shooting are an incidental side effects to the enjoyment of a right which you claim to understand, but clearly understanding nothing about.
That’s the end of the discussion.Â If you don’t like it, you can go back to Italy, and take the rest of your internationalist unaccountable bureaucrats, who are currently wasting some of the most valuable real estate in my country, with you.
UPDATE: Perhaps I should not have been so harsh.Â Antonio Maria Costa is clearly just trying to do his alma mater proud.Â Though, he got his Ph.D from here.Â Not much if a difference, really :)
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