It has taken the global left nearly 2 decades to usher the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) through the friendly confines of the United Nations. Offered for signature in its final form in June, the Treaty which purports to “establish common international standards for regulating the trade in conventional arms,” really is as dangerous to the right of Americans to keep and bear arms as 2nd Amendment supporters have claimed since the Obama Regime–specifically, Hillary Clinton–began the push for the Treaty’s eventual ratification several years ago.
The ATT was deliberately written in broad, general terms throughout most of its text. In this way, the Treaty can generously “reaffirm the sovereign right of any State to regulate and control conventional arms exclusively within its territory, pursuant to its own legal or constitutional system.” Of course this language from the Preamble mentions nothing about keeping or bearing arms, just regulation and control.
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And to effectively manage that process of regulation and control, the Treaty “…require[s] that states “establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list” and “designate competent national authorities in order to…regulate the transfer of conventional arms.” (my italics)
Of course, in and of itself a “national control system” can mean virtually anything. But when someone with Barack Obama’s noted contempt for the right to keep and bear arms is charged with implementing the Treaty, a “national control system including a national control list” can mean just one thing–the nationwide registration of firearms.
Anyone who believes this to be a reach should know that Treaty authors considered the national control system important enough to be mentioned 10 times in the ATT’s text. In fact, the control system and control list are deemed mandatory “in order to implement the provisions of the Treaty,” that is, “to regulate the export of amunition/munitions…”
And just to make doubly sure that everything will be securely under UN control, the General Implementation rules in Article 5 of the Treaty direct that each State Party, “…pursuant to its national laws, shall provide its national control list to the Secretariat, which shall make it available to other States Parties. States Parties are encouraged to make their control lists publicly available.” (1) Not only will our own federal government have a list of gun owners along with the weapons they own, the United Nations want to share that information with the rest of the world! All the better to keep track of those elusive bad guys, of course.
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Few believe Obama will get the 67 Senate votes necessary to ratify the ATT. But it is important to understand that “signing also creates an obligation, in the period between signing and ratification or consent to be bound, to refrain from acts that would defeat the object and purpose of the treaty.” Certainly allowing the free, unregistered purchase of firearms would “defeat the object and purpose of the Treaty!” Would Barack permit the spirit and meaning of the 2nd Amendment to undo the “noble” intent of the ATT?
Neither court decisions nor the language of the Constitution have deterred this corrupt president in the past. Will the American people be forced to watch as Barack Obama implements the provisions of a treaty which the vast majority do no support and which the US Senate is unlikely to ratify?
Nothing is out of the question when a thuggish president meets a cowardly opposition party.
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