In the days since the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the National Rifle Association hasn’t engaged with the debates about gun control. But the organization has been busy elsewhere: at the UN. The United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty has been going on all this month in New York City, and ends tomorrow.
The conference is an attempt to set common standards for the international sale of weapons, including “small arms" such as hand guns and assault rifles. Dave Weigel writes about American conservatism for Slate, and is a contributor to MSNBC. He’s also covered the NRA efforts at the UN for Foreign Policy Magazine.