In a letter to President George W. Bush, the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) commended the Administration for its “forthright, frank and courageous position” in deterring UN efforts to prohibit civilian possession of small arms.
The TFP took note of comments by Mr. John Bolton, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, when he addressed the “UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects” this past July 9.
His carefully reasoned and finely crafted speech made plain that current attempts at the UN to outlaw all small arms, including those used by American citizens for sport, shooting, hunting and self-defense, would not obtain U.S. support.
Mr. Bolton stated that “we do not support measures that prohibit civilian possession of small arms” and “that laws and procedures governing the possession of small arms by civilians are properly left to individual member states.” The TFP applauded these statements which will hopefully help stymie those who would deprive Americans and others of their legitimate aspirations to own firearms in accordance with the laws of their country.
The American TFP’s sister organization, the Brazilian Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, also sent a letter of support for the Administration’s position. The Brazilian TFP is in the forefront opposing a radical gun control proposal in that country.