A Jeff Cooper Retrospective

Many Americans do not realize that under Article VI of…

Many Americans do not realize that under Article VI of the Constitution, a treaty made with a sovereign power may supersede the Constitution in relevant particulars. As you know, the current head of the U.N. is vigorously advancing the notion that the personal ownership of firearms should be prohibited worldwide. The U.N. is, of course, a supranational organization and has no interest in national sovereignty. In fact, if the U.N. were effective, it would do away with national sovereignty. In this matter the United States stands alone in its support of personal firearms. We are surrounded by many score two-bit nations who have no interest in either our sovereignty or theirs. Those nations have no interest in the personal ownership of firearms and would swamp us if the matter were put to a vote. Thus the United Nations should be considered a force hostile to the best interests of the United States and treaties with it should be regarded with suspicion.

We were quite right to reject the Kyoto Protocol, but that simply infuriates the great majority of the socialist nations that make up the U.N. This is a point to bear in mind. The U.N. is not our friend. The United States has few friends in the world. Your taxes support these people in large measure and it is very hard to forgive someone who has done you a favor. The fact that we were thrown off the U.N. Commission on Civil Rights is a perfect example of this. The U.N. Commission on Civil Rights is composed of nations whose idea of civil rights approximates that of the weasel in the hen house.

● The foundations of the modern technique of the pistol do not seem to be as pervasive as they should be. We recently saw a presumably authoritative “gun writer” claiming that one could never use the front sight in a pistol action because “there was not enough time.” I heard that same argument several generations ago from a man who was at that time in charge of pistolcraft at the FBI Academy at Quantico. I was able to convince him of the error of that position on the range—or so he said—but perhaps his influence is no longer dogma. We should not, of course, class hobbyists with civil servants, but what the hobbyist can do, the civil servant can do also—if he is properly instructed. The really depressing viewpoint is “They’re not going to do it right, so let’s teach them to do it wrong.” As was established long ago, speed comes from smoothness. Once a student learns to be smooth, he will be fast, and he will be plenty fast enough, assuming he has established the right mind-set. To state that there is not enough time for it, I suppose you know that the proper rhythm for shooting the Presidente is not one-two, pause, three-four, pause, five-six, but rather one, two, three, four, five, six. When I brought that drill home from Guatemala, I shot it in pairs until Ray Chapman showed me that I would get both better hits and better time if I shot it in one, smooth string. Nowadays I can sit up here in the Sconce and listen to the people down there on the range doing it wrong.

● Guru say: “Getting shot is no achievement. Hitting your enemy is.”

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