On July 27th, the United Nations will conclude their conference on drafting the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a blueprint document that the US has participated in since 2010. As the UN site proclaims:
From 2-27 July, all countries of the world will come together in New York to negotiate what is seen as the most important initiative ever regarding conventional arms regulation within the United Nations. A robust arms trade treaty can make a difference for millions of people confronted with insecurity, deprivation and fear.
George W. Bush rejected the notion and US participation in 2006, when the ATT was first being discussed, however the Obama administration joined with 152 other nations at the UN in 2010 "in endorsing a U.N. Arms TreatyResolution to draft a blueprint for enactment in 2012."
Larry Bell is a professor at the University of Houston and a contributor to Forbes.com. He has followed this subject intently, and wrote a piece one year ago raising the alarm. Despite the pablum that the UN produces on a variety of subjects on a regular basis, why should we be worried about the ATT? Professor Bell points out five reasons:
What, exactly, does the intended agreement entail?
While the terms have yet to be made public, if passed by the U.N. and ratified by our Senate, it will almost certainly force the U.S. to:
- Enact tougher licensing requirements, creating additional bureaucratic red tape for legal firearms ownership.
- Confiscate and destroy all “unauthorized” civilian firearms (exempting those owned by our government of course).
- 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).
- Create an international gun registry, clearly setting the stage for full-scale gun confiscation.
- 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.Have no doubt that this plan is very real, with strong Obama administration support.
I don't know about you, but I'm not much for this "citizen of the world" course that the Administration is so intent on putting us on. Whether its the loss of sovereignty push currently underway with the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), or now this ATT, I'm an American first and only. Hopefully, and I say those words realistically, our Congress won't throw us under the bus by ratifying it, or failing to, give the Obama Administration another opportunity for an end run around them. The more I'm reading of late of those 435 members and their inability to stand up and exercise their rights as the 3rd branch of government, the more I want to ensure my passport is in order.
So whether you're a gun owner or not, whether you believe in gun laws or not, you should, as a citizen of the US, be worried about this Treaty and ensure that your Congressman/woman is on the right side of the voting aisle.
November 6, 2012. The Day we take America back.
cross-posted on www.political-woman.com