We already full-well know that President Obama has tried to severely restrict Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms. Not only has he been pushing gun control at the national level, but he has also been working at the international level. On June 3, Obama plans to sign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). He aims to cede American sovereignty to the corrupt United Nations, made up of many countries openly hostile to the U.S. How would you like your Second Amendment rights to be dependent on the likes of Venezuela or Iran? YOU CAN ACT NOW TO STOP OBAMA’S ATTACK ON THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS BY CLICKING HERE. The treaty is already opposed by Senate Republicans and some Democratic senators.
This arms treaty attacks the very heart of the freedoms granted Americans by the Second Amendment, according to the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR):
… Marketed as a treaty to stop piracy, international crime syndicates, terrorism and state-sponsored murder, the reality is FAR different.
Article V of the newly-drafted Treaty mandates an INTERNATIONAL gun registry imposing new regulations on everything from rifles to handguns to even ammunition!
Article 12 states the registry must include “the quantity, value, model/type, authorized international transfers of conventional arms” and the identity of the “end user.”
And it’s not just our federal government that would get a copy. International bureaucrats at the United Nations and foreign governments would have access to the registry as well…
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is equally stern in its warnings about the treaty:
… The draft treaty the delegates are working from has several areas of concern for gun owners. Most problematic is the treaty’s requirements that governments take domestic measures to combat unintended “end use” of items which include “Small arms and light weapons.” Under Article 5, concerning “General Implementation,” the treaty states, “Each States Party involved in transfer of conventional arms shall take measures to prevent the diversion of conventional arms covered under Article 2 (1) to the illicit market or for unauthorized end use.” Under Article 7, states importing firearms are tasked with “tak[ing] measures to prevent the diversion of imported conventional arms covered under Article 2(1) to the illicit market or for unauthorized end use.” The Obama administration is currently pushing legislation that would criminalize private transfers, which it argues is to accomplish a similar goal, and the effectiveness of which is dependent on gun registration. The ATT could give the administration another avenue, or a mandate, with which to pursue this end. Even if such measures were restricted to imported firearms, the effect would be immense; in 2010 close to three million firearms were imported into the U.S.
The recordkeeping requirements of the treaty are also troubling. Article 7 encourages states to “maintain records of… end users,” going on to note, “Records shall be kept for a minimum of ten years.” Further encouraging cooperation, the treaty requires states to, within the first year the treaty is in force, report on “activities undertaken to implement this Treaty, including national laws, regulations and administrative matters.” …
The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty is so heinous that some Senate Democrats oppose it:
… Even before the international document was drafted, the Senate last month voted to prevent the United States from entering into such an arms treaty with all 45 Republicans and eight Democrats, supporting an amendment drafted by Oklahoma Sen. James M. Inhofe. The measure would require two-thirds approval for ratification by the upper chamber, which has a total of only 100 seats. …
“The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty is another attempt by internationalists to limit and infringe upon America’s sovereignty,” said Inhofe in a statement. “Such a treaty would require the United States to implement laws as required by the treaty, instead of the national controls that are currently in place. This would also disrupt diplomatic and national security efforts by preventing our government from assisting allies like Taiwan, South Korea, or Israel when they require assistance. I will continue to mount strong opposition to any effort by Secretary Kerry and the State Department to ratify this treaty.” …
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate’s second-ranking Republican stated:
…that the treaty contained “unnecessarily harsh treatment of civilian-owned small arms” and violated the right to self-defense and United States sovereignty. …
According to FOX News:
… Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, of Montana, also said he could not support the treaty, claiming it doesn’t do enough to “uphold the rights of Americans.”
Critics of the treaty claim that, while it’s aimed at combating the vast illegal weapons trade, it could end up burdening law-abiding gun owners and businesses with a new web of red tape. …
While the ATT would require a Senate vote of 67 to 33 to pass — an almost insurmountable obstacle — this is no time to be complacent. The anti-gun axis of Reid/Bloomberg/Toomey/Schumer/Giffords has been steadily working towards another gun-grab: “Former Rep. Gabby Giffords’ gun control group has raised a staggering $11 million over the past four months.” We must act to protect our Second Amendment rights, remind our opponents that we won the last round, and send a clear message to the “gun control” crowd: “Stay away from our guns.” Please act now by signing all the petitions shown below and — if you’re interested — joining organizations dedicated to protecting the right to bear arms:
TAKE ACTION NOW TO PROTECT GUN RIGHTS
- Sign Congressman Mike Kelly’s “Stop the ATT” petition;
- Sign NAGR’s “Stop U.N. Gun Ban” petition;
- Send a pre-written letter (or your own text) to your senators just by entering your address (from the Gun Owners of America);
- Sign the NRA’s “Stop the U.N. Gun Ban Treaty” petition;
- Sign the “OPPOSE THE UN SMALL ARMS TREATY” petition from Petition2Congress;
- Sign the “Tell Congress & Obama: No Small Arms Treaty” petition from Conservative Action Alerts
Organizations advocating for the Second Amendment (I belong to all of these personally):
- National Rifle Association (NRA)
- National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR)
- Gun Owners of America (GOA)
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