“Our common goal is clear: a robust and legally binding Arms Trade Treaty that will have a real impact on the lives of those millions of people suffering from the consequences of armed conflict, repression and armed violence,”…..“It is ambitious, but it is achievable.” UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon
In a mere couple of weeks, (July 27th as being reported), the President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama will under all expectations sign the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, which many believe will be the end of the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution, as we know it.
This is not new. The UNATT has been in the works for years and on October 14, 2009 in a statement presented by Hillary Clinton and the State Department that it would overturn the position of former President George W. Bush, which opposed a UN Arms Trade Treaty, on the insistence that national controls were better.
Much can be found on the UNATT (except on main stream media sources) and while the specifics of the treaty are still in formulation and terms have yet to be made public, a majority of the content already exists. Likely to pass the UN and legitimate concerns that our Senate, under the pledged push of the Senate by Hillary Clinton, would ratify, it is likely to force the United States to:
1. Enact tougher licensing requirements, creating additional bureaucratic red tape for legal firearms ownership.
2. Confiscate and destroy all “unauthorized” civilian firearms (exempting those owned by our government of course).
3. Ban the trade, sale and private ownership of all semi-automatic weapons (any that have magazines even though they still operate in the same one trigger pull – one single “bang” manner as revolvers, a simple fact the ant-gun media never seem to grasp).
4. Create an international gun registry, clearly setting the stage for full-scale gun confiscation.
5. In short, overriding our national sovereignty, and in the process, providing license for the federal government to assert preemptive powers over state regulatory powers guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment in addition to our Second Amendment rights.
This plan is the real deal!!! Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton has caution gun owners to take this very seriously and stated that the U.N. “is trying to act as though this is really just a treaty about international arms trade between nation states, but there is no doubt that the real agenda here is domestic firearms control.”
It’s not enough that Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has owned this push for international gun control for years; President Obama has a dismal record on gun rights. His appointment of form Seattle Mayor, Greg Nickels as an alternate U.S. representative to the U.N. and Andrew Traver to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Traver is a staunch advocate in termination of civilian ownership of “assault rifles”). As Illinois state senator, Obama aggressively advocated the expansion of gun control laws, including voted against legislation giving gun owner’s affirmative defense when firearms would be used in the defense of themselves and their family against home invaders and burglars. It also bears mentioning Obama served on a 10-member board of directors of the anti-gun Joyce Foundation in Chicago, 1998-2001. The Joyce Foundation during that time contributed $18,326,180 in grants to anti-2nd Amendment organizations. And let’s not forget the appointment of Obama’s anti-gun nominee SCOTUS Sonia Sotomayor…yes, the Senate confirmation put her there, but it was definitely under the pressure of Obama.
So don’t believe for one moment that because Obama says very little about our 2nd Amendment rights and gun ownership, he’s an advocate on our behalf. He isn’t, and it is easy to conclude that gun control efforts by this administration via the UNATT are ripe for this anti-Constitutional government to take advantage of its citizen’s rights based on international laws and treaties.
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) said in a recent speech for the Heritage Foundation in June of this year, “I believe there is a threat to include civilian firearms within its scope….. And the arms trade treaty, if that’s true, could restrict the lawful private ownership of firearms in the United States.” Sen. Moran and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) are leading the effort in the Senate to ensure the treaty doesn’t infringe on an American’s 2nd Amendment rights. Both have spearheaded letters to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, signed by 45 Republicans and 13 Democrats in opposition restrictions on civilian firearm ownership. Noted during his speech to the Heritage, Moran acknowledged the treaty would be acceptable if it: explicitly recognizes the legitimacy of hunting, sport shooting, and other lawful activities related to the private ownership of firearms and related materials; explicitly excludes small arms, light weapons and related materials that are legal for private ownership; doesn’t contain any open-ended obligations that could imply any need to impose domestic controls on any of these items; and explicitly states that any assertion of the right of sovereign states to individual or collective self-defense does not prejudice the inherent right of personal self-defense.
As reported in The Hill, 130 lawmakers sent the President a letter expressing their opposition to a pending arms trade treaty should it impede gun rights and U.S. sovereignty in any way. “The UN’s actions to date indicate that the ATT [United Nations Arms Trade Treaty] is likely to pose significant threats to our national security, foreign policy, and economic interests as well as our constitutional rights,” reads the letter, which was spearheaded by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.). “The U.S. must establish firm red lines for the ATT and state unequivocally that it will oppose the ATT if it infringes on our rights or threatens our ability to defend our interests.”
But let’s talk about these “firm red lines”…..
According to the U.S. State Department, the “firm red lines” that cannot be crossed are:
The Second Amendment to the Constitution must be upheld.
- There will be no restrictions on civilian possession or trade of firearms otherwise permitted by law or protected by the U.S. Constitution.
- There will be no dilution or diminishing of sovereign control over issues involving the private acquisition, ownership, or possession of firearms, which must remain matters of domestic law.
- The U.S. will oppose provisions inconsistent with existing U.S. law or that would unduly interfere with our ability to import, export, or transfer arms in support of our national security and foreign policy interests.
- The international arms trade is a legitimate commercial activity, and otherwise lawful commercial trade in arms must not be unduly hindered.
- There will be no requirement for reporting on or marking and tracing of ammunition or explosives.
- There will be no lowering of current international standards.
- Existing nonproliferation and export control regimes must not be undermined.
- The ATT negotiations must have consensus decision making to allow us to protect U.S. equities.
- There will be no mandate for an international body to enforce an ATT.
Sounds good doesn’t it? On the surface, this shows teeth and a willingness of our country’s government to maintain its sovereignty. But let’s get real here. These are statements made by the Obama administration. And since when should we trust anything coming from these guys? The promise of the most transparent administration in the history of our country? Yea, right!
Keep in mind though, that despite lines drawn, the U.S. is part of a 193 member state committee and is a principle organ of the UNSC. And recently the governments of the UK, France, Germany and Sweden all released a joint position this week which states, “We believe that an arms trade treaty should cover all types of conventional weapons, notably including small arms and light weapons, all types of munitions, and related technologies.” Remember, participating nations have veto power, and these red lines submitted by the United States could be scrapped from consideration on its behalf by a multitude of what would be considered, allied nations.
There is a multitude of sources one can read and learn what’s ahead in the coming weeks. What IS the main focus for We as Americans is the realization that our 2nd Amendment rights are close to becoming altered on behalf of an international law, over our own Constitution! Sure, there are members of the House and Senate who believe our Constitution must be upheld over international law. BUT, there are others who believe different, DESPITE their sworn oath. But are we to take that chance and sort-of “pass the treaty, so we can see what’s in it first”? Keep in mind readers, the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution), establishes laws made pursuant to the US Constitution, (“shall be the supreme law of the land”), and allows treaties enacted by Congress to supersede the Bill of Rights. Most people are unaware of this, and it is the key to its success or failure. And all this while, your tax dollars were used to lobby against our Constitutional rights via the United Nations.
Thomas Jefferson eloquently stated in his “Commonplace Book,” from 1774-1776, “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
I beg you to act on this as this is THE one freedom that should it fall, the 1st Amendment (which is already heavily under attack), will follow immediately afterwards. Tweet this, text this, email this, Facebook this, comment on this through blogs and news sites…….whatever it takes, get the word out NOW…..time is seriously short America! A great tool, compliments of the NRA to contact your Senators can be found here: http://www.capwiz.com/nra/dbq/officials/. You may also contact your Senators by phone at (202) 224-3121.
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