A Reminder To the UN Programme Of Action From SAF’s Julianne Versnel

For those that don’t know, the Second Amendment Foundation is an accredited NGO (non-governmental organization) at the United Nations. Julianne Versnel, SAF’s Director of Operations, has represented the SAF at a number of UN conferences and meeting. Today she represented them at the UN Programme of Action conference.

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today reminded the United Nations that “if women have the right to be protected against violence, then they have the right to protect themselves against violence.”

So spoke SAF’s Director of Operations Julianne Versnel, whose remarks to the U.N. Programme of Action conference were unlike anything many delegates had ever heard before. The conference is seen as the first step toward rekindling discussions about an on-going process to continue development of a small arms and light weapons treaty, which earlier this summer collapsed when several nations opposed it.

Noting that she had reviewed what has already been written and said about the violence against women as it relates to the Programme of Action, Versnel emphasized that, “I am struck by what is not said.”

“If there is a basic sanctity of a woman’s person,” she observed, “if there is a right to not be a victim of sexual or personal violence, then that right involves the right to defend one’s self.”

Versnel stressed that any new global gun control initiatives must “do nothing to disarm women who legitimately and rightfully want to defend themselves.”

While international gun prohibitionists have been pushing a civilian disarmament agenda, Versnel’s warnings may open up a new and politically uncomfortable arena. It is impossible to dismiss female victims of violence as “male American gun nuts.”

“The drive for human rights is a force throughout the world,” Versnel stated, “and especially here at the U.N. A woman’s right to be free from violence is a fundamental human right. That fundamental right is to defend one’s self. The report of this conference should state that without reservation.”


2 thoughts on “A Reminder To the UN Programme Of Action From SAF’s Julianne Versnel”

  1. "…A woman's right to be free from violence is a fundamental human right. That fundamental right is to defend one's self. The report of this conference should state that without reservation."

    As IF!

    I'm surprised there wasn't a mass casualty event caused by all the eye-rolling that had to have occurred at such a suggestion!!

    Every good leftard/collectivist (but I repeat myself – redundantly!) knows that "that's what the POLICE are for!

    IOW, a woman must depend on *GOVERNMENT* for her protection! At the same time, they must pass laws that absolve the people who comprise the govt. from any responsibility to protect ANYONE!

    Ultimately, a woman's "right" to protect herself must be subservient to Those In Power's RIGHT to possess a monopoly on force – after all, that is the only way they can be sure of meeting their #1 overriding goal: REMAINING in power!

    If ARMING all citizens could somehow guarantee The Rulers remained in power, you'd see them handing out weapons like our .gov does pretty much everything else!

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