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Open Letter to All Second Amendment Groups:
I Can’t Fight the World Alone!

MY OPEN LETTER QUESTION TO ALL OF YOU: Why won’t you write a commentary, an opinion piece, or a news report about my Second Amendment fight against the U.S. Government and against the United Nations?

This blog got top billing at Free Constitution: The Transcending Sovereignty’s Second Amendment Carnival VI. The commentary states:

“The ‘right to bear arms’ means exactly what it says, open or concealed. Open-carry is just as important as concealed-carry. The NRA & SAF treat this as taboo. Mr. Don Hamrick however, takes it very seriously, help him out.”

As many of you know my litigation in the U.S.A. federal courts for Second Amendment rights to openly keep and bear arms of American seafarers in intrastate and interstate travel and at sea transiting pirate waters has been ongoing these last 4 years. Most recently because my Second Amendment case was getting nowhere even after I moved my case from Washington, DC to the U.S. District Court in Little Rock Arkansas I took my case to the international level by filing my Petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

I did this on hope that because I have taken my case internationally by litigating the Second Amendment as a human right in addition to being a constitutional right that I would generate interest and support and even get some news reports and commentary and opinion pieces published by Second Amendment advocates and journalist.


I don’t understand this blatant apathy. Is it because my Second Amendment case for National Open Carry runs counter to the NRA’s National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry? And is it because no one dare stand in the way of the NRA?

I have taken Brannon P. Denning’s law review article, Gun Shy: The Second Amendment as an “Underinforced Constitutional Norm,” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Summer 1998, Page 719 and applied it to the American Merchant Marine industry to show Wayne LaPierre AND all you so-called Second Amendment patriots, advocates, and lobbyists, that there is a whole section of a Second Amendment war front available with which to prove the Second Amendmdent is an individual right designed to be used in the “Common Defence” of their community, their county, their State, and their Nation.

Now comes a new Second Amendment war front: the Maritime Labour Convention 2006!

You can read about it here.

This Maritime Labour Convention 2006 falls short of protecting unlicensed seafarers in three areas: (1) harassment & bullying in the workplace, discrimination not based on a persons race, sex, religion, age, previous condition of servitude, physical limitation, national origin and in some instances sexual preference but simply based on abuse of authority and power of the licensed officer over the unlicensed crew member. (2) does not cover firearms as a means of protection against pirates at sea; and (3) does not provide protection for seamen taking a civil case to court, i.e., USA federal courts arbitrarily deny the Seamen’s Suit law (18 U.S.C. § 1916) without filing in forma pauperis application which is tantamout to extortion (18 U.S.C. § 872) when the seamen refuses to file in forma pauperis he must then pay the filing fee (Stigmatic Harm). Other courts respect and honor the Seamen’s Suit law. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court do not respect this law, they have coerced me into paying. No help has come forward with the FBI or the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice from my complaints.

In writing this email I was surprised to learn that the British union NUMAST was recently taken over by Nautilis/UK. But I am also pleasantly surprised to find on their Web site their report, Union ‘Appalled’ by Government Piracy Response. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea requires all countries to ‘cooperate to the fullest possible extent’ in repressing piracy. It is my contention that this includes arming the unlicensed seafarers with appropriate firearms to counter the threat of priates. Just because I suggest the idea of armed seafarers and the idea of National Open Carry for American citizens in the USA I have been shunned and ignored by the NRA and the Second Amendment community as though I committed the unpardonable sin of individualistic thinking.

Perhaps this collective “Don’t give a damn!” attitude is based on the individual’s belief that someone else will help me. Well, the problem with this “passing the buck” mentality is that it ends up being that no one helps me! Shocking? It ought to be!

This pathetic attitude even infects the federal courts. I recently suffered a dimissal (without prejudice) of my EEOC/Civil Rights case of wrongful discharge from a SeaLand container ship because I stood up to harassment and bullying. In response to the dismissal of my case I filed my Motion for Relief of Judgment to Dismiss where I literally accuse the judge of incompetence, aiding and abetting extortion of filing fees, and of bias and bigotry against an unrepresented civil plaintiff. I feel much of these allegations also apply against all Second Amendment groups who are aware of my Second Amendment case for much the same reason of institutionalized self-presservation because if I win my case there would be little need for SecondAmendment lobbyists or activist groups.




Tell Kofi Annan to grant me, Don Hamrick, an American merchant seaman, special authorization to speak to the U.N. General Assembly.

If I stand any chance at all at speaking to the U.N. General Assembly it will depend upon a surge of publicity generated by you!, the readers of this blog!

Tell Wayne LaPierre, Robert Dowlut, Chris W. Cox and all other NRA officials to throw their support behind an American merchant seaman’s request to speak to the U.N. General Assembly!


H.E. Haya Rashed Al Khalifa,
President of the U.N. General Assembly
United Nations Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017

Kofi Annan, Secretary-General
United Nations Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY 10017


Kofi Annan, Secretary-General
United Nations Headquarters
c/o H.E. Nana Effah-Apenteng
Ambassador & Permanent Representative
Ghana’s Permanent Mission To The United Nations
19 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212)832-1300

My Greyhound Trip to Ghana & So. Korea’s Permanent Missions to the U.N.

Request Special Authorization to Speak to the U.N. General Assembly
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Letter to Ghana Ambassor at the Permanent Mission to the UN
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Letter to South Korea Ambassor at the Permanent Mission to the UN
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LETTER (1) ABOVE: Request Special Authorization to Speak to the U.N. General Assembly as a “Non-State Actor” In Re: The Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UN Document A/CONF.192/15)

LETTER (2) ABOVE: Request Waiver of Diplomatic Immunity In Re: Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations

LETTER (3) ABOVE: Request Waiver of Diplomatic Immunity In Re: Ban Ki-moon, the Next Secretary General of the United Nations

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CONVERTED Petition-Writ-Certiorari-Booklet-SCt-Signed
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DOCUMENT (1) ABOVE: Petition to Bring a Case before the Inter-American Court on Human Rights [delivered to the] Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

DOCUMENT (2) ABOVE: My Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, No. 03-145, Denied!

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As us Southern folk tend to say, “Well, I went and dunnit!”

When I found out about Kofi Annan stepping down as the Secretary General of the U.N. at the end of December and the South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ban Ki-moon was taking over Kofi Annan’s spot on January 1, 2007 I had to make my strike at the U.N.

I happened to be in Baltimore, just 4 hours by Greyhound from the U.N. when I learned about the change up for the U.N. Secretary General on January 1, 2007. So, I hopped Greyhound for New York City.

Arrived at the New York Port Authority at 1:25 AM. Found an all-night McDonalds with tables upstairs where I finished off my letters until around 4:00 AM when I dozed off until 8:00 AM.

I then grabbed a taxi to the Ghana’s Permanent Mission to the U.N. and delivered that letter with its set of supporting documents (the attachments noted above).

I grabbed another taxi to the South Korea’s Permanent Mission to the U.N. delivering their set of documents (excluding the letter requesting special authorization to speak to the U.N. General Assembly).

Then I grabbed another taxi back to the Greyhound Terminal at the Port Authority. I missed the 11:00 bus by 10 seconds. However, at 12 Noon I was back on a Greyhound bus hitting the Interstate Southbound for Baltimore.

Back in Baltimore at 3:30 PM. God’s Speed was with me. An 18-wheeler crashed through the guardrail on the Northbound side of the interstate somewhere New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Not sure where exactly but it backed up the Northbound traffic for a couple of miles.

Now about my letters. I am no fool. Chances are my letters will be denied and I’ll be just another insignificant “person” with a lost cause. On the outside chance that my letters are granted then my reaction will be, “WHOA! Now to write my speech!” All this by an individual effort and makes it to the speaker’s podium at the U.N. General Assembly?! Even the NRA won’t be able to ignore that!