Newt Gingrich on Friday chastised the National Rifle Association for being "too timid" and resolved that if elected president, he would submit to the U.N. a treaty making the right to carry a gun "a human right for every person on the planet."
In remarks at an NRA convention in Saint Louis, Gingrich argued that such a treaty would mean "far fewer women would be raped, far fewer children would be killed, far fewer towns would be destroyed."
"We represent a world in which we trust in the basic decency in millions of people and we believe that they can in fact protect themselves and they can be armed with safety because they are in charge of their life," said the former House Speaker.
Gingrich, who said the right to bear arms "comes from God," told a supportive audience that while Americans don't need to be imposing American values across the globe, "we do need to go across the planet and advocate human values."
The Republican presidential candidate, who spoke to the convention after presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, also asked for donations to his increasingly long-shot campaign.
"With your help, if you get a chance to go to Newt.org, I would like to have your support to then lead an effort across the planet to ensure that the right to bear arms becomes permanent and is a human right everywhere which will guarantee its safety in America," he said.