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Internationalists Plot Gun Confiscation
Following a meeting in Vienna, Austria, where a United Nations commission approved a resolution urging countries to impose tighter restrictions on the private ownership of firearms and their export to other nations, the Clinton administration is moving forward on efforts undertaken by the global group.
The UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice claims an "increasing number of deaths from firearms among civilians.
"We strongly believe that effective national regulation is important to international controls, particularly on the illicit movement of small arms,' Daryl Smeaton, the Australian commission delegate, told a reporter from one international news service.
Australia undertook one of the most draconian gun control efforts in the so- called "Free world," banning the ownership of all semi-automatic firearms and using national military and police powers to collect firearms that are outlawed by the government. Reportedly, members of the U.S. armed forces assisted the Australians in the gun confiscation effort.
The law in Australia came into being when 35 people were killed when a psychopath opened fire, randomly shooting civilians in the Tasmanian tourist resort of Port Arthur.
Currently, after the shooting of 17 children by a similar madman in the Scottish town of Dunblane, Britain's new Labor Party government is calling for a complete ban on all handguns in the country. It will probably pass in view of the strong Labor Party control of the British Parliament.
It was a similar shooting in a schoolyard in Stockton, California by a male prostitute with a long history of drug abuse and criminal and mental instability that started a movement that ultimately led to the passage in the United States of the so-called Brady Law and a ban on numerous semi-automatic firearms.
The UN resolution, which was supported by the United States delegation, calls for the establishment of an international database on firearms ownership. A further meeting and planning session will be held in Budapest, Hungary.
The United States is contributing financially to the support of the commission's efforts to encourage control of private gun ownership internationally.
Smeaton said that the UN effort had strong support from member nations of the commission, mentioning specifically the United States.
A special study, apparently undertaken by the commission, zeroed in on the number of deaths annually from gun-related incidents in the world's nations.
According to the study, 14 people out of 100,000 die annually in America from firearms, or about 37,000 people out of a total population of 265 million. Key measures in the resolution designed to enhance gun control include "effective record-keeping of firearms, a licensing system of manufacturers and firearms owners, effective identification procedures and safe storage measures."
President Bill Clinton has proposed legislation in the United States calling for locks on firearms owned by U.S. citizens, just one of the measures he supports that is being pushed by the UN commission.