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Is ISACS a Sham?

The International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) claims its about promoting gun safety. The NRA says its about promoting gun bans. Who's right?

By Jeff Johnston


The Myth: The International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) is not about banning guns, but about making them safer, say Hillary Clinton, NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, George Soros and other known gun banners.


The Facts: ISACS is composed of a bunch of governments such as Iraq and Colombia, among others, organizations such as the Canadian Coalition for Gun Control, the World Health Organization and others. See here for a full list.


But NRA’s Chris Cox, Wayne LaPierre, former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton and scores of evidence say otherwise. They say ISACS was created to use the U.N. as a means to sidestep the U.S. Constitution to lessen or ban small arm ownership in the U.S., under the guise of “firearm safety.”


What Gun Owning Americans Want to Know: Who’s telling the truth?


Despite the NRA’s 100-plus year track-record of being the gold standard in small arms safety training (it trains about a million people each year in firearm use and safety, including law enforcement personnel) it wasn't welcomed to the ISACS meeting. So just taking NRA’s word on it isn’t enough.


But the neutral Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute (SAAMI) was invited to take part, because it was told that ISACS’ goal was to review and adopt international standards of safety. After all, SAAMI sets the safety standards for firearm and ammo manufacturing in this country, which in turn is very influential all over the world.


Any time you fire a mass-manufactured gun in this country, it is due to SAAMI’s tireless, technical research that assures you the gun or ammo is not loaded to hyper-pressures, and it conforms to standardized technical specifications so it will not literally blow up in your face. When a new gun or ammo manufacturer wishes to send a new product to market, it’s advisable to ensure its product conforms within SAAMI’s specs, lest it fail to receive the stamp of approval and in turn viewed skeptically by industry peers and the public. Since 1926 SAMMI has been keeping gun and ammo companies honest, and consumers safe.


So what does SAAMI say about ISACS? A press release issued by SAAMI is telling, and since SAAMI is neutral and has a pristine record of promoting gun safety and nothing else, I’ll point to it as plausible evidence.


The Proof: The following release was taken verbatim from SAAMI’s website days after it withdrew on March 21, 2012:


SAAMI Withdraws Its Name from Tainted U.N. Program


The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI), a registered United Nations non-governmental organization (NGO) with roster status, has taken the regrettable but necessary step of withdrawing any reference of SAAMI association from the U.N. agency project to create "International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS)."


The goal of ISACS, as stated on the U.N. website is "To develop internationally accepted and validated standards that provide clear and comprehensive guidance to practitioners and policy-makers on small arms and light weapons control." SAAMI, being an accredited standards-setting organization, welcomed the opportunity to be part of a standards-setting process which requires rigorous adherence to facts.


"We saw the ISACS as a way to cut through the politics and rhetoric of this issue and get down to core actions that will reduce violence," says Rick Patterson, Managing Director of SAAMI. "Regrettably, the process has been tainted, expert input has been ignored, and the resulting standards represent nothing more than the opinions of the authors—most of whom are affiliated with NGO's supporting gun control." Because the U.N. has ignored contrary facts and opinions, and quelled debate, the U.N. has done itself—and everyone associated with ISACS—a disservice. They have negatively affected the credibility of all parties involved. For these reasons, SAAMI simply cannot allow its reputation for professionalism, integrity and factual expertise to be associated with the ISACS program.


The Answer: I trust SAAMI with my life nearly everyday, as do consumers, world governments including the U.S.A., the U.N. and private companies. If SAAMI doesn’t trust the stated intentions of ISACS, then neither do I. Therefore the NRA is correct: ISACS is not interested in gun safety, but is interested in restricting law-abiding Americans’ access to small arms. And that’s no B.S.


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16 Responses to Is ISACS a Sham?

Matt Hood wrote:
May 18, 2012

Thanks for the good info, was regrettably ignortant on this topic. Will be searching for more info on the topic.

GySgt F Gar USMC wrote:
May 16, 2012

Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US. Stop wasting my tax dollars, give the UN no more. I fought for freedom, liberty and the Constitution of the US, Not for world socialism. Semper Fidelis! Don't tread on me. If you think we don't have the stomach to fight for our independence any longer, You are sorely mistaken. Death Before Dishonor. Way to go SAMMI ! You're integrity is rock solid with the Warriors. Thank You for really keeping us safe. UN trickery, BAH

Allen wrote:
May 16, 2012

I live in the United States of America not the UnUnited Nations. The guys in the little blue hats that run when the first shot is fired have no power over me and mine.

Jerry wrote:
May 15, 2012

Very glad I took the time to read the article. Very much an eye opener. Goes to show the commons guy like me should really be aware offer what's going on that may infringe on the American way of life.

Danny Williams wrote:
May 15, 2012

this is the usa i think the un should stay out of our business this is caused by the democratic party i think they should all go live somewhere else cuz i will always have my guns

Lionel wrote:
May 15, 2012

It's also worth remembering that this initiative is being pitched as a 'standards' agreement. With similar matters, such as internet privacy, the current administration has already openly declared that implementation of standards and trade agreements lie completely within the purview of the executive branch, meaning that the White House can commit to and direct the deployment of rules to implement this WITHOUT needing to seek Congressional approval. Not doing the tinfoil hat thing, but I suspect that's a sizable part of the reason why ISACS is framed the way it is. Of course, once they did the NRA and others would sue, but in the meantime much damage could be done.

Larry wrote:
May 15, 2012

Thak you for the info!

Keith wrote:
May 15, 2012

Thank you for the truth...

pierre wrote:
May 15, 2012

Why would anyone think the US would be bound by a UN treaty that violates the Constitution? Hopefully everyone would see the danger in this

Keith O'Connor wrote:
May 15, 2012

I think this is the best thing since sliced bread.. it's about time..

Darryl Jaspering wrote:
May 15, 2012

God bless the USA, 2nd Amendment, & NRA

Tim Duckworth wrote:
May 15, 2012

Thank you for a good article. It's bad enough that the U.N. has sunk to this level, but I suppose it was predictable. It's worse, though, when they attempt to drag organizations down with them.

Tsevering wrote:
May 15, 2012

This is good information and I SHALL pass this along. Thank you

martin wrote:
May 15, 2012

FN (the Belgian arms manufacturer) is a member of this club. I guess that the future of the civilian arms industry is not on their P&L.

NGorib wrote:
May 15, 2012

Never heard anything about this until now. Thanks.

Brent Hanford wrote:
May 08, 2012

Good info good sir!