Saturday, September 18, 2010

Buckeye Firearms: Obama reveals anti-gun U.N. intent: Sends ex-Seattle mayor as Rep

I'm not one to read a whole lot into stuff like this, but considering that the ex-Seattle mayor, Greg Nickels, is a founding member of Mayor Bloomberg's anti-Gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns I think it's noteworthy.
"Putting an extremist gun banner in any position to represent this country at the United Nations amounts to renting a billboard for advertising against the Second Amendment," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. "While he was Seattle's mayor, Greg Nickels supported every anti-gun scheme put forth by Washington CeaseFire, the Northwest's most active gun prohibition lobby.
"Nickels is a gun ban proponent," he continued, "so his appointment as an alternate to the UN is a clear signal of Barack Obama's intention to rubber stamp the UN's global gun ban agenda. We had to sue Nickels while he was still Seattle's mayor to overturn his illegal city parks gun ban. Now he gets to push his anti-gun philosophy on a world scale. It hardly seems a coincidence that Nickels has been appointed by the Obama administration at a time when the UN is considering treaties and initiatives that pose a serious threat to the Second Amendment."
Nickels was turned out of office in 2009, which was something of a feat in a liberal enclave like Seattle, Gottlieb recalled. His defeat in the primary demonstrated the degree of alienation voters felt from a politician who once epitomized the Seattle liberal establishment.
"By naming Greg Nickels as an alternate representative at the UN," Gottlieb stated, "President Obama has essentially told America's 85 million gun owners that their firearm civil rights are in jeopardy. Nickels cannot be counted on to defend the Second Amendment because he would like to see it erased from the Constitution." READ MORE>>>

Mayor Nickels wrote in a letter opposing HR 5005:
It is not reasonable or good public policy to prohibit the federal National Trace Center of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau from disclosing crime gun tracing information to law enforcement and prosecutors at any level of government. READ THE WHOLE LETTER (PDF)>>>
HR 5005 would've added much need BATFE reforms regarding firearms including specifying that firearms trace information shall not be "made available for use in any civil action or proceeding other than--an action or proceeding commenced by the Attorney General to enforce this chapter; or a review of such an action or proceeding."'

Read some more about Mayor Nickels' anti-gun stance:

Executive Order banning firearms on all City property and at all City EVENTS (original Seattle Times Link)
Signed onto this MAIG appeal (PDF)
Wants to prohibit anyone on a watchlist from owning a firearms, even though they haven't necessarily been convicted of any crimes, and repeal the Tihart amendment.
Against National Concealed Carry Reciprocity

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