by: the Common Constitutionalist
Without a lot of fanfare, Secretary of State, John “Lurch” Kerry signed away our gun rights here in America, with his signature on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).
This treaty has been hanging out there for years, just waiting for an appropriately liberal U.S. regime to sign on. I guess they finally found one who is more concerned with the “World” community than our own.
In 2012 the ATT’s Coordinated Action on Small Arms (CASA) paper explained that the U.N., “does not aim to impede or interfere with the lawful ownership and use of weapons”, but that, “United Nations agencies have come across many situations in which various types of conventional weapons have been…misused by lawful owners” and that the “arms trade must therefore be regulated in ways that would…minimize the risk of misuse of legally owned weapons.”
The language of the paper is unchanged in 2013. Also, notice it says “does not aim to impede. Not that it will/shall not impede. Interesting loop hole. “We didn’t aim to confiscate your weapons. It just happened.”
Reuters had it’s typically leftist take on the subject. Some excerpts below with my comments in [ ].
Reuters: The United States, the world’s No. 1 arms exporter, became the 91st country to sign when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put pen to paper on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. [ This was a monumental event. I wonder why he didn’t have a publicized signing ceremony, front and center? ]
Kerry Said: “We are talking about the kind of export controls that for decades have not diminished one iota our ability in the United States as Americans to exercise our rights under the constitution.” [ Huh? For decades we have not been party to this terrible treaty John. ]
Another 16 nations signed on Wednesday, raising the total to 107, and two more countries ratified the treaty, raising that number to six, Bishop said. Fifty countries need to ratify the treaty for it to enter into force. [ This will be another straw dog they throw out, that even if we do ratify it, it won’t be in force because they need another 46 countries. Don’t believe it. ]
“This treaty will not diminish anyone’s freedom, in fact the treaty recognizes the freedom of both individuals and states to obtain, possess and use arms for legitimate purposes,” Kerry said after signing the treaty. [How dumb do they think we are? Let me answer that. They think we are too stupid not to be able to read between the lines when Lurch says “to obtain, possess and use arms for legitimate purposes”. Who decides what “legitimate” is? Of course, the dictators at the U.N. and the Marxists in the Obama administration. That’s who.]
“Make no mistake, we would never think about supporting a treaty that is inconsistent with the rights of Americans, the rights of American citizens to be able to exercise their guaranteed rights under our constitution,” Kerry insisted. [ Do you believe him? You’d be a fool to.]
“The Obama administration is politically committed to ending the unscrupulous trade in deadly weapons used by dictators, war lords and criminal gangs to commit atrocities,” said Amnesty International USA deputy executive director Frank Jannuzi. [ Sending tons (literally) of weapons to al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria is somehow not unscrupulous, I guess.] end Reuters.
Here’s the bottom line folks. Get out your pocket Constitution. Refer to Article II, section 2, paragraph 2: “The President… shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur….” It’s in the Constitution people, which means that if the Senate consents with a two thirds majority, it is automatically considered constitutional. Get it?! This is why these treaties are so dangerous.
Once again we must start calling our Senators to make sure they don’t “consent” to this.