“Check this out … is this legit?” an email received over the weekend asked. The question was wholly appropriate, revealing a correspondent on his toes and interested in due diligence.
Attached was a genuine-looking document on apparent United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs letterhead, replete with bar and QR codes (the latter being too blurry in the jpg to read), lending it an air of authenticity (see photo accompanying this article). Titled “Disarmament Commission — Civilian Weapons Confiscation Study Group, New York, 29 -31 July 2013,” the August 5-dated document says its distribution is “restricted,” and proceeds to outline a seven-stage strategy for making civilian possession of “military grade weapons” illegal, progressing down to outlawing all firearms and ammunition, and ultimately establishing “a United Nations Police Taskforce with the specific mission of assisting member nations with the collection of weapons from civilian hands.”
The document reads like a conspiracy theorist’s worst nightmare on steroids, and while it’s not inconsistent with the documented goals of the most zealous factions in the globalist citizen disarmament camp, suspecting its authenticity is prudent. Conversely, unthinkingly assuming that it’s real, without doing any verification, is irresponsible and foolish, and plays into the hands of those spreading disinformation, or who just want to have a good laugh by getting trusting gun owners all worked up.
While the purported document claims to have “restricted” distribution, meaning it won’t be found posted on the UNODA website, there is other information there that can be checked for consistency, such as the Disarmament-Related Events Calendar, which lists no such conference in New York on those dates. There is also no mention of a “civilian weapons confiscation study group” on the UNODA site. All references to it seem to come from internet gun forums and the like that are spreading this graphic around.
With no belief that any further effort was needed, or expectation that I’d get an answer if I inquired, I nonetheless approached the U.S. Mission to the U.N., and asked them to give a for-the-record response on whether or not the document is a fake. Unsurprisingly, no response has been received, nor am I holding my breath. No doubt some will construe that as further evidence that the document is real, and will view my dismissive sentiments as either blindly naive or intentionally misdirecting. I can’t worry about either response.
What I will do, without apology, is urge gun owners to attempt to validate things before passing them along, and to focus energies on those efforts where credibility can be established. It’s a given that there are global gun grabbers who have total citizen disarmament as a goal. Our best resource in guarding against that has to be the truth, and those who go chasing after and helping to spread disinformation are, at best, an unneeded distraction from the real work at hand. At worst, they’re playing into the hands of people who are using them.