Saturday, January 16, 2010

No UN Small Arms Treaty!

When Senator Hilary Clinton was nominated to be Secretary of State, I wrote to warn my senators that a vote in her favor would be considered a vote against gun rights in the United States. Nevertheless, both my self-described pro-gun-rights senators were among 98 of 100 senators who voted to confirmed her.

As I expected, the US Stated Department, under the leadership of Secretary Clinton, has agreed to a timetable for a UN Gun Ban.

The UN’s “Small Arms Treaty” is nothing more than a massive global gun control scheme, designed to register, ban and confiscate firearms from law-abiding citizens. The ratification of this treaty will likely create an international gun registry, setting the stage for full-scale gun confiscation.

The treaty will likely be designed to force national governments to enact tougher licensing requirements, making law-abiding citizens cut through even more bureaucratic red tape just to buy a firearm legally. The United Nation’s “Small Arms Treaty” would also likely ban the trade, sale and private ownership of all semi-automatic firearms.

The Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2) in the US Constitution establishes the Constitution, constitutional federal statutes, and international treaties as "the supreme law of the land." This clause can be used by an unscrupulous president coupled with an irresponsible senate to turn US soverignty over to the UN. I believe those conditions are currently satisfied. I am not confident that even Utah's own most excellent senators and constitution defenders Hatch and Bennett have the courage or integrity or respect for the Constitution to oppose such a move. If the courts do anything on freedom's side, it would likely be only to declare some small, relatively meaningless, aspect of the overall treaty as unconstitutional. Any upcoming election would come too late. I see no other safeguard short of armed rebellion.

The clause reads, "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding."

The authors of the US Constitution wisely provided for Senate confirmation of all presidential nominees. The purpose of this process is to protect the US Constitution and the liberties it guarantees from an activist and power-hungry administration and from activist nominees such as Hillary Clinton. Therefore, Senators must make all decisions regarding presidential appointees based not only on the nominee's professional qualifications but more importantly on his/her respect for the Constitution and not on whether he/she is politically correct (politically cleansed).

On taking office, every Senator takes the following oath: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

Senators do not take an oath to any political ideology, political party, party leader, king, or president. They take an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." In recent decades -- and especially during the current administration -- the Senate has done a horrible job in protecting the US Constitution because Senators make their decisions based on political ideology or convenience -- not the nominee's qualification or his/her potential effect on liberty.

Every Senator must begin to undo the damage inflicted on the nation and the US Constitution by their vote to confirm Secretary Clinton. They must aggressively fight against ratification of any UN “Small Arms Treaty.”

Related book:
Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control
Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control

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