H/T to Lukem at USACarry.
Liberals have made guns one of their chief enemies and primary targets. After all, guns allow us to protect ourselves instead of relying on government protection. They give us the ability to provide sustenance for our families. They give us the opportunity to protect ourselves from an overbearing, controlling and tyrannical government (which, of course, is the primary goal of liberalism).
Barack Obama is in support of a new treaty. According to Gun Owners of America,
It's called the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials. To be sure, this imponderable title masks a really nasty piece of work.
First of all, when the treaty purports to ban the "illicit" manufacture of firearms, what does that mean?
1. "Illicit manufacturing" of firearms is defined as "assembly of firearms [or] ammunition... without a license...."
Hence, reloading ammunition -- or putting together a lawful firearm from a kit -- is clearly "illicit manufacturing."
Modifying a firearm in any way would surely be "illicit manufacturing." And, while it would be a stretch, assembling a firearm after cleaning it could, in any plain reading of the words, come within the screwy definition of "illicit manufacturing."
That is all. Effectively, this new "convention" is set up to make virtually any activity that involves firearms owned by private citizens illegal. In addition, "firearm" isn't well defined, meaning lots of tools and toys could one day become illegal or heavily regulated.
The treaty could even outlaw gun clubs. It states that the "criminalized acts should include 'association or conspiracy' in connection with said offenses." In other words, the right of law-abiding gun owners "peaceably to assemble" would be eliminated by this treaty.
It goes on and on. Attacks on gun dealers and brokers. Attacks on lawful firearm and ammunition manufacturers. Gun registration. All under the auspices of controlling "illegal" activity. All with the background of gun violence in Mexico.
All ignoring the fact that law-abiding gun owners are the only ones who will be affected by these provisions.
Gun Owners of America (full-disclosure: I am not a member) ecourages you to write your Senators to oppose the bill. I encourage you to do more: Don't just write. Call. E-mail. Visit their office in your state if you can. Tell them that you oppose this treaty, and if it is submitted it should be met with fierce opposition.
Our constitutional rights are under attack from all sides. The two amendments under the most consistent and constant attack are the First and Second. Each protects the other.
This treaty attacks and diminishes both.
Ready to pick up the phone?