Incendiary Image of the Day: “Gun Culture Plagues South Sudan” Edition

Although there’s no reason to consider the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty a threat to U.S. citizens’ gun rights—yet—the U.N. is certainly no friend to armed self-defense. Professing peace and promoting negotiation, U.N. politicians pave the road to hell by masking the simple reality of politics in “developing” countries: those who have the guns make the rules. Those who don’t are tortured, raped and killed. As conflicts escalate or deescalate, the U.N invariably call for disarming militias, tribes, rebels, insurgents—whatever you want to call them—-while urging armed-to-the-teeth despots and dictators to exercise “restraint.” In this bone-headed bombast the media is complicit . . .

If we can work on taking guns out of the equation, or address the issue of guns and their use, we can begin to help bring peace to the many post-conflict zones around the world where peace has yet to arrive.

CNN’s copy and headline [above] illustrate the news org’s bias against firearms-based security. I mean really, is there any other kind?

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  1. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

    If the hunter is Gun Culture 1.0, and the competition shooter is Gun Culture 2.0, let’s refer to the subject of this post as “Gun Culture Beta”.

  2. avatar Rokurota says:

    Link, please?

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Fixed.

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    “Gun culture” my ass. What plagues South Sudan, and unfortunately most of Africa, is a culture of tribal warfare and murder on a genocidal scale. It’s business as usual, and they do a damn good job of hacking each other to pieces with machetes and converted farm implements when they can’t get their hands on AK-47s.

    Those who have a smug sense of superiority should recall that it wasn’t long ago that Euros were killing each other at an even greater rate, and they did so for over 500 years. So we’ll just have to give Africans a little bit longer to work out the kinks in their social structures, m’kay?

    1. avatar إبليس says:

      Being 3/4 English and 1/4 Arab, I could feel pretty smug about both sides of my family enslaving them for centuries.

      Of course that would be petty and I really hope that their tribal war doesn’t serve as an effective pretext for disarming innocent people. Although it probably will.

    2. avatar matt says:

      Those who have a smug sense of superiority should recall that it wasn’t long ago that Euros were killing each other at an even greater rate, and they did so for over 500 years.

      Yes, but at least we are damned good at it. We developed the ability to destroy the world about 70 years ago. The only nukes Africa had went away along with apartheid. When did Euros give up bizarre war superstitions? I know in Liberia they still believe that engaging in cannibalism makes you immune to bullets, see the Vice Guide To Travel – Liberia.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        When did Euros give up bizarre war superstitions?

        By cannibal superstitions, do you mean like obscure Latin phrases turning wine into blood or a wafer into a person’s body?

        One man’s superstition is another man’s religion.

        1. avatar matt says:

          Consuming a effigy is very different from actual cannibalism. Cannibalism due to necessity such as Holodomor is very different from what the Liberians and other Africans do.

        2. avatar Ralph says:

          Consuming a effigy is very different from actual cannibalism.

          No, it’s not, if you believe that wafers and wine turn into actual flesh and blood. And for over a thousand years, Euros have partaken of such flesh and blood prior to going into battle.

        3. avatar matt says:

          Whatever, Jesus Christ is not a human, you can eat him all you want, thats not cannibalism.

        4. avatar Dex says:

          ralph, 100% spot on.

          Ill go so far as to say as long as humans engage in the anachronistic, obsolete practice of worshipping fictional myths living in the sky, humanity will never advance past the dark ages.

          we can be so much better! but we cling to stupid “realities” such as paper money, religion, consumerism, and wars for resources and influence.

        5. avatar Hawke says:

          Why is it that every time there is a discussion that involves religious beliefs it always turns to “Mine is better than yours” type of conversation?

          I am agnostic, and proud, I could care less what you believe. It only effects me if you try to force your religion on me. Which is some of whats happening in Africa and the Middle East.

          So rather that try and regulate the guns maybe the discussion should be about regulating religious bigotry.

      2. avatar FillyourhandsyouSOB! says:

        With China trading guns for oil, it’s only a matter of time before they bankroll a regime with nuclear capability. Make no mistake about it, the next big war will be over Africas natural resources. Technically, the current war is.

        1. avatar matt says:

          Why would China give a African power nuclear capability, instead of doing what Russia did with Cuba? If you give them the nukes, they no longer have to rely on you.

          The current war is? If your speaking about Afghanistan, then what resources are there? The only conspiracy theory I remember about it was the UNOCAL pipeline.

        2. avatar Dex says:

          what does afghanistan have to do with africa? there’s also the trillions of dollars plus worth of precious metals located in the mountains ie gold, lithium, cobalt, etc etc.

          Africa has oil, which the Chinese are starving for.

        3. avatar Buzzy243 says:

          “Technically, the current war is.”

          Looks like someone is paying attention.

          http://www.sofrep.com/6991/sof-kony-2012-and-the-great-game-in-central-africa/

        4. avatar matt says:

          what does afghanistan have to do with africa?
          It is the current war. 100 troops in Uganda isnt a war.

          there’s also the trillions of dollars plus worth of precious metals located in the mountains ie gold, lithium, cobalt, etc etc.
          lithium, cobalt, etc is not a precious metal. Gold can be found almost anywhere, I have 20 acres in California with a old mine on it.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precious_metal#Rough_world_market_Price_.28.24.2Fkg.29s
          http://www-tc.pbs.org/wnet/wideangle/files/2008/07/wa_img_goldfutres_map.jpg

          Africa has oil, which the Chinese are starving for.
          You can find oil almost anywhere.

        5. avatar Dex says:

          I think you need to do your homework. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/14/report-1-trillion-in-untapped-minerals-found-in-afghanistan/

          There are many minerals in afghanistan, to include rare earth medals, ores to more common metals, etc etc. All of these resources are essential to our modern civilization.

          and oil found anywhere? LOL. not remotely. Oil is becoming more scarce, since it is to have believed peaked in 2005 but mankind’s oil usage is expected to increased 20% in the next decade. Of course, Saudi Arabia, the largest exporter, will never admit that its oil supplies are declining.

        6. avatar matt says:

          “Wow! Talk about a game changer. The story goes on to outline Afghanistan’s apparently vast underground resources, which include large copper and iron reserves…

          Wow! Large Copper and Iron reserves, its not like those aren’t readily available everywhere else.

        7. avatar Dex says:

          there’s more than just those minerals in that country, that is what im trying to say (and if you read the link you would have discovered this).

          These minerals are essential for our modern, daily life with advanced electronics. http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2009/02/03/peak-lithium-will-supply-fears-drive-alternative-batteries/

  4. avatar Silver says:

    Right, because human violence and genocide started with the invention of guns.

    It’s hard to tell whether these people are jaw-droppingly stupid or simply evil. Or both.

    Gotta love the phrase “developing country,” yet another pathetic contribution to the PC vernacular. Yeah, these countries are “developing” the same way gum disease develops. Try helping to fix the root problems rather than slap a feel-good phrase on it and act smug.

  5. avatar Joseph says:

    I couldn’t care less if they shoot, stab, hack, or AIDS each other to death. I just don’t want the U.N. “fix” here. RF, I think you are wrong about it, but I pray that you are right.

    1. avatar FillyourhandsyouSOB! says:

      China knows you don’t care Joseph, and they are buying up Africa lock, stock and barrel. They are going to clean them up, dust them off, train and properly militarize them, and I promise you’ll care then.

      1. avatar Dex says:

        thats a bunch of alarmist bullshit.

        1.) there’s not enough energy for china to expand africa in their favor; the reserves that are on the continent are being split up.

        2.) Apparently you havent heard of AFRICOM

        3.) China’s reactions are a result of our actions of encircling them and Russia.

        4.) human civilization is de-industrializing and the economic paradigm effectively toppling, which places us in far more dire circumstances than a Chinafied Africa.

  6. avatar ready,fire,aim says:

    the bow and arrow is a nice touch…wouldn’t you say

    1. avatar إبليس says:

      Bows are silenced weapons and require NFA paperwork, right?

      1. avatar Darren says:

        He must have failed the background check

  7. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    These morons at the UN seem to forget that the last big slaughter in Africa didn’t involve guns, it involved machete’s and knives. The result was 600K stiffs, or thereabouts.

    The problem with modern life is that the essentials of life are so easily secured now (what with 1 farmer able to feed 300+ people), these unctuous twerps who formerly might have been confined to menial labor are able to sally forth into the world, get credentials from various institutions of useless learning (eg, Harvard) and have beshat themselves upon the world bureaucracy, pecksniffing and harrumphing their idiotic blather upon all of us.

  8. avatar Don says:

    With guns, with machetes, with bows, with spears, with rocks, with their bare hands, people will kill each other if they are so disposed.

  9. avatar Skyler says:

    It seems pollyanna-ish to think that this will not impact our gun rights.

  10. avatar bontai Joe says:

    “As conflicts escalate or deescalate, the U.N invariably call for disarming militias, tribes, rebels, insurgents—whatever you want to call them—-while urging armed-to-the-teeth despots and dictators to exercise “restraint.””

    Well, there you go, the answer is right there, we just need to ask ALL the despots and dictators in the world to exercise “restraint” and world peace will occur 5 miutes later, problem solved. Now on to world hunger…… (LOL)

    1. avatar psmcd says:

      I suppose we’ll begin to hear of serious discussions on how to fund and implement universal hunger insurance.

    2. avatar Dex says:

      oh but im sure they will behave themselves, since despots and tyrants behaved themselves before the age of gunpowder LMFAO!!!!

      Man, people are stupid. I would have never admitted this, but there’s no hope left for civilization 😉

      1. avatar Nikol says:

        Juan Gomez October 4, 2011 From now on, I’m gonna try and sum up Kate’s date experience in 5 words or less so you won’t have to read trhuogh all that stuff, kind of a condensed Cliff notes. This one is easy:Trent Likes to kill animals, sunk by Facebook. Next!

  11. avatar jwm says:

    i see the recurring problem here. seems to be the un. pull the plug on that bunch first and see if you get negative or positive results. as the billboards along rt. 66 used to proclaim, “u.s. out of un.”

  12. avatar FillyourhandsyouSOB! says:

    Africa is going to have the last laugh on the whole world….

  13. avatar Sanchnim says:

    Do you think the warlords and tribesmen give a rats ass about the UN. give me a break!
    My father in law worked in the Congo training the insurgent force or some force, it is hard to keep track. Most of what they do didn’t involve guns at all. Bullets are expensive.
    It is a totally pathetic excuse to pass a law that most people wont adhere to and or not even know or care about. It certainly wouldn’t stop the violence in Syria as an example.

  14. avatar Dex says:

    oh you mean call for disarmament like how the civilian population was disarmed in Srebrenica, promising them protection by the UNPROFOR???

    I wish people in the UN would at least demonstrate they’re capable of basic problem solving skills.

    1. avatar Hawke says:

      Since when do politicians solve problems?

      1. avatar Dex says:

        good point and exactly right.

  15. avatar Southernmutt says:

    The universal sign for “Go away” can be found at the business end of any firearm. People generally don’t like it when you try to show them.

  16. avatar Boris says:

    Those african guys are almost as scary as the Crips

  17. avatar Mark says:

    Whoever has the guns and gold makes the rules. Always been that way, always will and the UN wants all of both!

  18. avatar Which Witch says:

    Nah…. that picture was taken in Chicago. Or Atlanta. Or Newark. Or….

  19. avatar TheOz91 says:

    I believe the only way to curb violence due to warlords and such is simple: defeat them, and then disarm them, not before. The UN is pretty paranoid because history tells us that guns is the best tool for shaping our history since its invention. I do support ordinary villagers having their own weapons to protect themselves, assuming that they are civilized enough to talk before they shoot.

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