Pro to the question "Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?"
"It is hard to find a rational justification that explains the ease with which people can buy firearms, including assault rifles, in spite of prior criminal backgrounds, drug use, histories of domestic violence and mental illness, or direct contact with extremists – both domestic and foreign.
How many more mass killings of school-children, of co-workers, of African-American churchgoers -- how many more individual shootings of talented musicians like Christina Grimmie, or politicians like Gabrielle Giffords, will it take before the United States adopts robust gun regulation? Why should any civilian anywhere be able to acquire an assault rifle or other high-powered weapons designed to kill lots of people?
Irresponsible pro-gun propaganda suggests that firearms make society safer, when all evidence points to the contrary. The ready availability of guns leaves little space between murderous impulses and actions that result in death. The journey between hate-filled beliefs and violent hate crimes is accelerated. Society -- in particular its most vulnerable communities and minorities who are already facing widespread prejudice -- pay a high price for the failure to stand up to the lobbyists and take the necessary measures to protect people from gun violence.
Examples from many countries clearly show that a legal framework to control the acquisition and use of firearms has led to a dramatic reduction in violent crime."
United Nations, "In Wake of Mass Shooting, UN Rights Chief Urges US to Consider Robust Gun Control," un.org, June 14, 2016
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to guns and gun policies; and high-level federal government officials significantly involved in gun-related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations, Sep. 1, 2014-present
Member, Advisory Committee, The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation
Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Jordan, 2000-2007 and 2010-present
Former President, United Nations Security Council
Former Member, Advisory Council for the 2011 World Development Report, World Bank
Chairman, Country-Specific Configuration, United Nations Peace Building Commission for Liberia, Sep. 16, 2010-Mar. 7, 2012
Ambassador to the United States and Mexico, Jordan, 2007-2010
Chairman, Working Group, Crimes of Aggression, Review Conference of the Rome Statute, International Criminal Court, June 2010
Former Chair, 1533 and 1521 Committees on the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia, United Nations Security Council
Former Chair, Consultative Committee for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
Adviser on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 2004
President, Assembly of State Parties, Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, 2002-2005
Chairman, Informal Negotiations, Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes, International Criminal Court, 199-2000
Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Jordan, 1996-2000
Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), Yugoslavia, 1994-1996