UN Funded Disarmament in Uganda
And the UN's largest source of funding...is the US taxpayer. Dave Kopel in Reason Online
Something to keep in mind when the gun grabbers want to take your guns "for your own protection."
For months now, Ugandan army troops have been garrisoned in the northeast part of the country under orders to disarm the local populace—pastoral, cattle-herding tribes known as the Karamojong. The army is attempting, and failing, to quash an uprising which was caused by a prior attempt to disarm the same tribes.
But in its effort to "disarm," the Ugandan army, supported by tanks and helicopter gunships, is burning down villages, sexually torturing men, raping women, and plundering what few possessions the tribespeople own. Tens of thousands of victims have been turned into refugees. Human rights scholar Ben Knighton has used the term “ethnocide” to describe the army's campaign.
This time, the pretext for the "disarmament" of the Karamojong is United Nations gun control. The Ugandan military is trying to round up every last firearm in Karamoja, supposedly for the Karamojong's own good.
The number of illegally possessed firearms prior to the disarmament campaign had been estimated at between 50,000 and 150,000. On November 10, New Vision reported that “since this year began, they have recovered 4,500 guns.” So the Ugandan government is wiping out the very people the government ostensibly claims to protect, and that "protection" amounts to just 3-9 percent of unauthorized weapons. And all the while, the Ugandan government is using its own guns to destroy Karamoja, burn villages, slaughter the defenseless, and perpetrate ethnocide.
Seems like the kind of "protection" the Karamojong could live without.
Things That Suck
1. Running 2 miles in full body armor-although this didn't suck as much as it could-we don't have the kind with the side plates and arm guards, and it's Western Washington in winter, nice and cool.
2. Shooting in said body armor, especially in the prone. The neck guards make lifting your head a major strain, and the neck guard pushing the back of the helmet (we still have the old K-pots, not the never ACH's) up, thus pushing the front down in front of your eyes. The armor also generally makes getting in a good, solid position a PITA in any position.
Things That Don't Suck
1. Going to the Benning School for Boys for shooting lessons from the Army Marksmanship Unit.
2. Competing in the All Army Marksmanship Competition.
Don't worry, I'm taking my camera and my work computer. I can't guarantee I'll have a connection to post, however, until I get back.
More Liberal Bias
Actually, the magazine admits that the results likely reflect the biases of those surveyed: academics. The subject: this month's cover story in US News & World Report - The 10 Worst Presidents
The list (actually 11, due to a tie at #9, although I thought that in that case the two at #9 would take up space #10 as well), from 1 to 11: Buchanan, Harding, Andrew Johnson, Pierce, Fillmore, Tyler, Grant, William Harrison, Hoover, Nixon, and Taylor.
Even the authors admit that the academics are piling on poor W.H. Harrison, whose primary sin seems to be that he died after only 30 days in office.
But what baffles me is how in God's name they left off the most stunningly ineffective President of the 20th century, Jimmy "Malaise" Carter. The economy in the shitter with massive inflation and unemployment, the military in the shitter, the Soviets invade Afghanistan and the best he can do is boycott the Olympics, the embassy in Tehran overrun and the personnel held hostage for over a year (see military in the shitter, above), an energy crisis and all he can do is ask America to turn down the heat, a national crisis of confidence and all he can do is say we have "malaise?"
I'm sorry, but the only halfway reasonable explanation I can see, other than massive bias, is out of courtesy because the smiling old fuckwit is still alive.