Last month the United Nations held a third meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the Arms Trade Treaty. The committee discusses the content of the treaty in advance of a meeting of the conference in 2012 to finalize the treaty and open it for ratification. In January 2010 the U.S. joined 152other countries in endorsing a U.N. Arms Treaty Resolution that will establish a 2012 conference to draft a blueprint for enactment. None other than our Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged to push for Senate ratification. Hillary Clinton is not generally known as a gun rights enthusiast. She has been a long-time activist for federal firearms licensing and registration, and a vigorous opponent of state Right-to-Carry laws. As a New York senator she ranked among the National Rifle Association’s worst rating-F. President Obama’s record is no better. First he hails from Illinois, the only state that denies its citizens from lawfully carrying a concealed weapon. His appointment of anti-gun rights former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels as an alternate U.S. representative to the U.N. In a move unprecedented in American history, the Obama administration quietly banned the re-importation and sale of 850,000 collectable antique U.S.-manufactured M1 Garand and Carbine rifles. Then you have Vice President Joe Biden. He voted for permanent waiting periods, to limit magazine capacity, to effectively eliminate gun shows and to ban most rifle ammunition. He was a leading advocate for the original semi-auto ban and for reauthorizing it a decade later. As the one-time chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden was in a key position to attack the Second Amendment, and he rarely missed the opportunity to do so. They know taking on citizens second amendment rights head on is political suicide, like the 1994 house elections after failed gun control legislation. So they approach it under the radar, hoping you won’t notice. Bringing us back to the UN arms treaty. It probably won’t surprise anyone but United Nations doesn’t approve of your Second Amendment rights. Under the masquerade of a proposed global Small Arms Treaty our Constitutional right for law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms are being targeted. You can see this by the sculpture of a gun with its barrel knotted up outside the UN headquarters in New York. Now to you and me, an arms treaty is like when Gorbachev and Reagan met in ReykjavÃk to reduce nuclear missiles. But the UN sees things differently. The Arms Treaty will almost certainly force the U.S. to:
Enact tougher licensing and registration requirements. Clearly setting the stage for full-scale gun confiscation
Confiscate and destroy all â€œunauthorizedâ€ civilian firearms. Meaning yours,not the governments.
Ban the trade, sale and private ownership of all semi-automatic weapons. Youknow, not revolvers or single shots.
In short, overriding our national sovereignty, and in the process bypassingour constitution and elected law making bodies.
At last count, 58 senators, including 13 Democrats, have signed letters to the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying they will oppose the Arms Trade Treaty . The treaty must win a two-thirds majority to win passage, meaning that approval appears doomed if the treaty language isn’t changed. Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran is leading the largest group of opposition. In a letter signed by 44 Senators to President Obama he writes, “An Arms Trade Treaty that does not protect ownership of civilian firearms will fail in the Senate. Our firearm freedoms are not negotiable.”
You can also take a stand by contacting your elected officials and letting them know that an assault to your constitutional freedoms will not be tolerated. Hint: I’ve found that including your voter ID number in the signature ensures a response.
Contact your Senators and Representatives: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/ Chuck Norris gunfight: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61942.html Rand Paul Survey: http://www.nagr.org/UN_lp_survey2.aspx?pid=UNWS
Wayne Lapierre addresses the United Nations: http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=7001