Date published: November 8, 2010
Journal code: NEAM
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) issued a press release on September 16 warning about an appointment to the United Nations by the Obama administration. The President appointed former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels as an alternate representative to the UN. Nickels is a founding member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and is infamous in gun-rights circles for his strident anti-gun views. CCRKBA Chairman Alas Gottlieb said that this move by Obama just reveals his future intentions regarding global schemes to gut the Second Amendment:
Putting an extremist gun banner in any position to represent this country at the United Nations amounts to renting a billboard for advertising against the Second Amendment.... Nickels is a gun ban proponent ... so his appointment as an alternate to the UN is a clear signal of Barack Obama's intention to rubber stamp the UN's global gun ban agenda. We had to sue Nickels while he was still Seattle's mayor to overturn his illegal city parks gun ban. Now he gets to push his anti-gun philosophy on a world scale. It hardly seems a coincidence that Nickels has been appointed by the Obama administration at a time when the UN is considering treaties and initiatives that pose a serious threat to the Second Amendment.... By naming Greg Nickels as an alternate representative at the UN, President Obama has essentially told America's 85 million gun owners that their firearm civil rights are in jeopardy. Nickels cannot be counted on to defend the Second Amendment because he would like to see it erased from the Constitution.