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Obama Administration Leads The Way In U.N. Approval Of Global Small Arms Treaty

April 3, 2013 by  

Obama Administration Leads The Way In U.N. Approval Of Global Small Arms Treaty
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The National Rifle Association (NRA) and other organizations advocating for the 2nd Amendment are opposing President Barack Obama’s formal endorsement of a treaty limiting the sale of small arms among members of the United Nations.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) strongly condemned an eleventh-hour change in the Obama Administration’s standing caveat — one that Obama’s predecessors also held — that the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty should not be brought to a General Assembly vote until it had the consensus support of all member nations.

That condemnation came after an unnamed representative of the President’s position told reporters Tuesday that the President now believed the U.N. should vote on the treaty regardless of whether all member nations were in agreement on whether a vote should even take place:

It’s important to the United States and the defense of our interests to insist on consensus. But every state in this process has always been conscious of the fact that if consensus is not reached in this process, that there are other ways to adopt this treaty, including via a vote of the General Assembly.

The spokesman also revealed that, if a vote is held, the United States will vote in favor of such a treaty before the General Assembly – whether there’s full international consensus or not.

Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened later on Tuesday, with the U.N. voting overwhelmingly in favor of the Arms Trade Treaty.

In leading American support for the treaty’s approval, the President ignored outright a 53-46 Senate vote last month that specifically blocks the United States from signing the treaty.

While that measure now appears nothing more than an academic exercise, the Senate still holds ratification power over the United States’ participation in the treaty. Two-thirds of the Senate must now approve the U.N. vote, which is highly unlikely.

The NSSF’s Lawrence Keane blasted the Obama Administration’s reversal that led to Tuesday’s vote, saying it reveals the President’s ulterior desire to place global handshakes above the U.S. Constitution at the precise moment when the Senate is set to wage a largely partisan fight over Federal gun control here at home:

This abrupt about-face on the long-standing United States requirement for “consensus” illustrates that the Obama Administration wants a sweeping U.N. arms control treaty. We are troubled by the timing of the Obama Administration’s decision to abandon consensus on the eve of the Senate debate on pending gun-control measures. The United Nations treaty would have a broad impact on the U.S. firearms industry and its base of consumers in the U.S.

We hope that the Members of the U.S. Senate are closely watching the White House abandon its principles and promises in the rush to ramrod this flawed treaty into effect. Not only will they later be asked to ratify this attack on our constitution and sovereignty, but they will also be lavished with new promises from the administration in its drive to push a broad gun control agenda through the U.S. Senate when it returns from recess. They would be right to question those promises strongly.

Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, celebrated the treaty’s approval before the U.N., pledging the treaty won’t create a slippery slope toward a future in which global policy votes supplant Americans’ Constitutional freedoms:

[The Treaty is] a strong, effective and implementable Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that can strengthen global security while protecting the sovereign right of states to conduct legitimate arms trade.

Nothing in this treaty could ever infringe on the rights of American citizens under our domestic law or the Constitution, including the Second Amendment.

The NRA and NSSF strongly dispute that argument, saying the treaty does cover the civilian firearms market in the United States, and that it will have negative effects on the import of foreign-made firearms presently sold on the U.S. consumer market. They also argue that language in the treaty referring to the “transit” of firearms is so broad it can be applied to anything from mass shipments of weapons to a single person who carries a hunting gun on a trip abroad.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • CatGman

    It amazes me is that there are people who are surprised at how low this president will stoop. Exactly what else does this administration have to do before the people of this country wake up and see him for what he is. This administration is hell-bent on
    destoying the country and eliminating our freedoms. Three more years of this crap and we will never recover.

    • http://twitter.com/realtimemike Michael Hall

      Funny, Democrats were saying that same thing about Bush 43. We survived that. We’ll survive this.

  • Right Brain Thinker

    TRUTH
    Secretary of State John Kerry, “The treaty won’t create
    a slippery slope toward a future in which global policy votes supplant
    Americans’ Constitutional freedoms……(it will) strengthen global security while
    protecting the sovereign right of states to conduct legitimate arms
    trade. Nothing in this treaty could ever infringe on the rights of American
    citizens under our domestic law or the Constitution, including the
    Second Amendment”.

    LIES
    “The United Nations treaty would have a broad impact on the U.S. firearms industry and its base of consumers in the U.S…..this attack on our constitution and sovereignty”

    It amazes me that the NRA and other pro-gun organizations keep denyng the truth and repeating the lies about the Arms Trade Treaty. Have any of you even read the statements (often repeated) of the O’Bama administration about the U.S. position on this treaty and the ratification process? This is just more fear-mongering and pandering to the paranoid.

    • Doc

      It may inhibit our ability to trade weapons overseas but it won’t inhibit the russians or the chinese.

    • Bill Henry

      What the treaty does is impact our sovereignty. Why do we need a covey of foreign nations trying to introduce themselves into our business no matter what the cause. If the Senate ratifies this treaty there will be hell to pay from the electorate. My thoughts are that if we are backed up to the “shall not be infringed” clause of the Second Amendment there will be dire consequences for this nation.

      • Right Brain Thinker

        What the treaty does NOT DO is impact our sovereignty.

        Why don’t you read the treaty and read the statements from the State Department before you go running around screaming “the sky is falling”?

        • red neck

          Just like obama-care, you have to pass it and then find out what is in it!

        • independent thinker

          I have yet to see the details of this version of the treaty but all the previous proposed versions called for the registration of ALL firearms in the signatory nations. The previous proposed versions called for the elimination of private ownership of whole classes of weapons. the previous proposed versions called for government confiscation of any firearms a government wished to eliminate private ownership of. I seriously doubt the version as passed by the UN differs from the previous proposed versions in any significant way.

          • Right Brain Thinker

            independent thinker has made a bad choice for a ‘handle’, since he apparently wants to believe some wingnut horsepucky about the ATT rather than the truth.

            This comment from IT is completely wrong in EVERY particular.

            NONE of the proposed versions called for the registration of ALL firearms in the signatory nations.

            NONE of the proposed versions called for the elimination of private ownership of whole classes of weapons.
            NONE of the proposed versions called for government confiscation of any firearms.

            Independent thinker needs to do as I suggested and read the @&%*%#$%*^& treaty and the State Department comments, one small part of which is excerpted below. Do you all know what a RED LINE is?

            KEY U.S. REDLINES

            1) The Second Amendment to the Constitution must be upheld.

            2) There will be no restrictions on civilian possession or trade of firearms otherwise permitted by law or protected by the U.S. Constitution.

            3) There will be no dilution or diminishing of sovereign control over issues involving the private acquisition, ownership, or possession of firearms, which must remain matters of domestic law.

            4) The U.S. will oppose provisions inconsistent with existing U.S. law or that would unduly interfere with our ability to import, export, or transfer arms in support of our national security and foreign policy interests.

            5) There will be no requirement for reporting on or marking and tracing of ammunition or explosives.

            It actually borders on the comical to see the “up” and “down” arrow votes being given to my comments and those that dispute them. I have said it many times on PLD, but just because you WANT to believe something badly doesn’t make it true. Just because you DON’T WANT to believe something doesn’t make it false. Why is that so hard for some folks to grasp? The truth is out there and anyone who refuses to accept it and instead preaches the contrary is a liar and deceiver.

    • Alan

      What exactly is the “truth” RBT? A statement by John Kerry, of all people, is no more a fact than your claiming that the NRA and other pro-gun organizations are denying the “truth”. And by the way, the left does more than its fair share of fear-mongering. Liberals are the ones who are afraid of their own shadows.

      • Right Brain Thinker

        Not to be redundant, but the truth is “The treaty won’t create a slippery slope toward a future in which global policy votes supplant Americans’ Constitutional freedoms……(it will) strengthen global security while protecting the sovereign right of states to conduct legitimate arms trade. Nothing in this treaty could ever infringe on the rights of American citizens under our domestic law or the Constitution, including the Second Amendment”, just as Kerry stated TO THE WHOLE WORLD.

        That particular truth has been stated and restated many times since the ATT first came up. We can’t do much for you, Guest, if your paranoia and self-delusion has driven you so far over the edge that you refuse to accept what is said by the present U.S. Secretary of State (and Clinton before him), but instead “believe” the fear-mongerers of the NRA.

        “Kerry, of all people”, you say? What is wrong with you that you would even make a statement like that in public?

        • Alan

          That’s your “truth” RBT. And it mat well be the State Departments “truth”. But it doesn’t make it the “TRUTH”. I don’t know RBT. I’m neither paranoid or self-delusional. I’m simply not gullible enough to believe everything a politician tries to feed me. As for you doing something for me RBT, well who asked you to? I’m quite capable of making my own assessments in life without a self-fashioned psychoanalyst such as yourself trying to “cure” me. And as for Mr. Kerry, well he hasn’t exactly proven himself to be the most honest of individuals. Besides, I’ll make any statement I want, in public or otherwise.

          • Right Brain Thinker

            Yes, Guest, you are paranoid and delusional—-maybe not enough that you need to be institutionalized, but enough for someone like me (a retired educator who has taken more than a few psych courses) to offer you an informed opinion, And when you make self-deluded and paranoid statements in public, DO expect to have that pointed out to you.

            I will say it again—-there is a long history behind the ATT, and anyone who wants to know what the truth is can easily find it. You are either as I described you or you are willfully ignorant.

            Anyone who is so far around the bend that they can’t accept the TRUTH that I have outlined briefly, and that you could examine in far more depth if you cared to, DOES have a problem.

          • Alan

            Now I don’t normally reduce myself to stooping to character assassination RBT, but for you I will make an exception. First off, just who do you think you are that you can take it upon yourself to lecture me? What is it with your type of liberal/progressive, lapdog, government shill ilk that makes it so difficult for you to practice what you preach? You insist on tolerance but display none on your behalf. Civil discourse to people like you requires a barring of the fangs and claws, followed in quick order by a leap directly for the jugular. Well I’m not in the least bit impressed by your so-called credentials sir. Your claim to have been an “educator” was received by me as being in the loosest form of the term. As for your insight into the human mind, well I’ve dealt with your type far too many times over the years. Having an elder brother who achieved a degree in psychology I can readily attest to how such individuals are prone to believing they are somehow superior to others, endlessly talking down their noses to anyone who would lend any credence whatsoever to what they have to proffer. Amateur Sigmund Freud’s such as yourself have harmed far too many weak minds with their psycho-babble-dribble. You are a smug, pompous, arrogant, self-aggrandizing fool who should really take a very close look at yourself in the mirror before judging anyone else. As for me, well if being suspicious of my government equates to living in a state of paranoia at least I know I won’t be the one getting hit by the train rounding the bend when the time comes. Now don’t go attempting to further slander me we some snappy retort because it won’t be read as I wouldn’t waste any further keystrokes on further discussion with a self-proclaimed half-wit, as your moniker might imply. End of conversation.

    • Michigan_REB

      Check for yourself http://www.infowars.com/bom bshell-un-gun-treaty-does-ban-guns/ since if it comes from anyone in thei administration it can not be trusted. Let’s make this simple as possible the U.S. Constitution says the rights of the poeple to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. it doesn’t get any clearer than that.As for the UN we need to pull all U.S.funding of this abomination. Kick them out of our country and watch it fall apart in months.

  • Doc

    Just try and get it passed. Never gonna happen. UN can go suck eggs.

  • Warrior

    “Enforcement is left up to the nations that ratify it. The pact requires these countries to assist each other in investigating and prosecuting violations.

    “The treaty is a noble gesture that may over time acquire the kind of precedence or enforcement that would give it meaning,” said Anthony Cordesman, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “At this point it is more a declaration of principles — and the arms trade is an area where many people don’t have principles.”

    Hopes for adoption of the treaty by consensus instead of a vote were dashed last July when the U.S. said it needed more time to consider it. At the end of the final negotiating conference last week, Iran, North Korea and Syria blocked another attempt at consensus. Over those countries’ objections, the treaty’s supporters decided to put it to a vote in the General Assembly.

    Proponents of the treaty said it could make it much harder for regimes committing human rights violations to acquire arms, in conflicts such as the brutal civil war in Syria.”

    Now, does this mean that we’re finally going to receive assistance from the country of Nauru to determine what went wrong with “fast and furious” and “benghazi”? I hope so.

    • Phillip Maine

      The Chinese Government is the major supplier of the Arms to drug traffickers and the CIA is the biggest supplier This has been proven both by unbiased reporters and friends of mine who, because of their Air Force pilot work flew the planes to the USA loaded with drugs. The Terrorists get their arms from both the CIA and the Russian Government. Governments kill people at a 100000 to 1 ratio so maybe we should outlaw governments having guns? By the way, Al Qaeda means God’s little toilet and is a CIA operation and Osama died of renal failure in a hospital in Qatar in April 2001. Also proven! If this reply is removed it is because the Gov who controls the net does not want it posted.

  • Peter Barney

    “They’ll have to pry it from my cold dead hands!”

  • Dave

    Only an extremist group like the NRA and its followers would oppose a treaty designed to stop the illegal sales of arms to drug trafficers and terrorists.
    The NRA is a danger to this country.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sean.frank28 Sean Frank

      no gun grabbers like you are a danger to America

    • hungry4food
    • Phillip Maine

      The Chinese Government is the major supplier of the Arms to drug traffickers and the CIA is the biggest supplier This has been proven both by unbiased reporters and friends of mine who, because of their Air Force pilot work flew the planes to the USA loaded with drugs. The Terrorists get their arms from both the CIA and the Russian Government. Governments kill people at a 100000 to 1 ratio so maybe we should outlaw governments having guns? By the way, Al Qaeda means God’s little toilet and is a CIA operation and Osama died of renal failure in a hospital in Qtar in April 2001. Also proven!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sean.frank28 Sean Frank

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sean.frank28 Sean Frank

    no gun grabbers like you are a danger to America it is true

    • http://www.facebook.com/PecosDiamondOperatotX Jason Catron

      What r u saying, no gun grabbers. Who r u talking to, go back to scool and learn to talk, and while u r at it go earn your and then come here and talk! I’ve put my life on the line protecting the constitution and this country. What have u done to be able to say anything?

  • red neck

    Just like obama-care, pass it in order to see what is in it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/CookerT David Cook

    I wonder sometimes why I even try to make a difference anymore. I’m retired and get my miniscule pention each month so who cares that I haven’t had a cost of living inscrease ever. My wife past on and my kids won’t talk to me because I’m an out spoken Republican. Everytime I post my views, I make more enemies than friends. Should I just stop caring about my country? My kids are the ones who are going to try to make a living under this administration but they better not come to me crying when our counrty come tumbling down around them.

    • corey2444

      I feel the same way. The more I speak out, the more stand-offish people are. it’s like they don’t want to hear it if they’re Independent or Republican, and the Democrats simply don’t care or want to hear the truth.

      What happened with your kids is nothing you could have controlled simply because none of us knew how bad the educational system has been hijacked by the Progressives/Communists until recently. You’ll just have to confront them with facts and stand your ground. It’s a damn shame the Left does everything in it’s power to destroy the family.

  • john

    I can not believe they can not throw his ass out…..

  • steve buckner

    I can see why Sen.Kerry did this about face as he has been a flip – flopper all of his career in office, the man’s an idiot. Obamma on the other hand wants all our guns so when push comes to shove we can’t fight back. Obammas
    agenda ever since he got in office the 1st time was to get rid of our weapons. Here we are now with North Korea wanting to take a swat at us and this bafoon is worried that he won’t get gun laws passsed fast enough. The fuc%in UN has never been able to stop wars or take any guns from all the country’s that they represent, instead they have created more crap problems. They should be disbanded and sent back to their perspective countrys, THE UN IS A BAD JOKE !! And so is OUR FEARFUL LEADER, you know the Knot – Head in the white house !!

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