Mayors Daley And Nutter Cross A Line

Despite having some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, violence in Chicago has gotten so bad that some local politicians are calling for deployment of the National Guard.:  It’s bad enough when gun control advocates can’t recognize the failure of their own policies, but now Mayor Daley has taken the anti-Second Amendment agenda to a whole new level.:  Literally.

Along with several other mayors across the globe, Mayor Daley and Philadelphia Mayor Nutter have signed a resolution which fails to recognize the Constitution as the supreme law of the land and threatens to undermine fundamental rights.

The resolution called for national governments, international human rights groups and public health organizations to help the world’s cities address global gun trafficking and gun violence. It also called on the U.S. to take a leading role “by imposing greater oversight and accountability of the gun industry” with stricter regulation and enforcement of gun trafficking.

The resolution vowed that wherever possible mayors would “seek redress against the gun industry through the courts of the world – including local, state and federal courts, and international courts – for damages caused to our countries, cities and communities by global trafficking of illegal guns.”

“Can you imagine what would happen if gun manufacturers were taken into the World Court and challenged on the issues?” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter.

Make no mistake, this is a direct assault on the right to bear arms in the U.S.:  As a elected officials within the United States, these mayors have an obligation to uphold and defend the Constitution.:  Instead, they are attempting to subvert it by advocating appeal to world bodies that have no democratic accountability in this country.:  There are few things imaginable that are greater grounds for impeachment.

Cross-posted at Conservative Compendium.

Brian Garst

Brian Garst is the Director of Government Affairs for the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, a non-profit think tank dedicated to preserving tax competition and free markets. He also blogs at

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