Gun owners should watch out for threats to their rights from overseas as well as at home, John Bolton, ex-U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the National Rifle Association’s annual convention last weekend in St. Louis, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Proponents of gun control have turned to the international arena, he said, hoping to use international treaties that deal with small arms and light weapons to get unwanted gun controls in the U.S. he said.
The United States should not make general contributions to the United Nations, Bolton said. Instead, he said, “We should pay for what we want and expect to get what we pay for.” NRA guests saw a video from President George W. Bush, who thanked the association “for your work to make America safer.” Bush appointed Bolton ambassador to the U.N. in a congressional recess in August 2005. The nomination failed to muster enough support for confirmation, and Bolton left the post last December when the recess appointment ended.