Mr. Roy Innis, National Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality
(CORE), is currently serving on President Bush’s delegation to the
“United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and
Light Weapons in all its Aspects,” which began on July 9 and will run
to July 20.
The conference is focusing on the devastating effect that these illicit
arms have as the weapons of choice in many small but destructive wars
being waged throughout the world. Mr.
Innis’ expertise on the Second Amendment, which protects gun ownership
rights in the U.S., as well as his extensive knowledge of the current
political climate in Africa, where these illicit weapons are of
particular concern, were largely what prompted the President to select
Mr. Innis to serve on the delegation.
Given the variety of opinions present at the conference, it is unlikely
that the nations involved will agree on many practical, universally
acceptable measures to solve the problem of illicit weapons.
While some nations favor the creation of laws that could endanger
the legal sale and ownership of small arms such as rifles and pistols,
the United States is attempting to stake out a position that both
reduces the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, while at the
same time protects constitutional gun ownership rights.