Sunday, May 23, 2010

Say NO to the UN Small Arms Treaty

Our nation is unique in that the people of the United States -- not the government -- established the Constitution. Our Constitution describes itself, federal statutes, and US treaties as "the supreme law of the land" (US Constitution, Article VI, Clause 2). The text establishes these as the highest form of law in the American legal system, mandating that state judges uphold them, even if state laws or constitutions conflict. For this reason it is important to be extremely careful in making treaties with foreign nations and, especially, with the United Nations.

A key safeguard of American sovereignty and of individual rights is the role the Senate plays: all treaties require the consent of the US Senate before they become a part of the "supreme law of the land." The authors of the US Constitution were inspired to delegate this ratification authority to the Senate in order to protect the Constitution, the nation, and its people from a tyrannical or cowardly president who would sell the nation's soul to foreign entities.

The purpose of this process is, in large part, to satisfy the requirements imposed by the oath every Senator takes:
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.

Sadly, most senators are mere rubber stamps in confirmation votes on judicial and other presidential appointments as well as on treaties, believing that the president should be privileged to negotiate and appoint whatever and whomever he pleases -- no matter how anti-American-values they may be.

As I predicted when I wrote my Senators concerning her confirmation process as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton's Department of State has expressed eagerness to work with the United Nations on a "Small Arms Treaty." I warned my Senators that I would consider a vote for her confirmation the same as a vote against the Second Amendment. Clearly, I was more prescient than the self-proclaimed pro-gun Senators who voted for her confirmation. As I recall, only two senators had the courage to vote against her confirmation. Because most Senators are cowards, there consequently are no courageous statesmen (such as Ambassador John Bolton) currently in place in the Obama administration to stop the UN's egregious assault on the Constitution and on the people.

Contrary to a widely circulated e-mail, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has not yet signed any UN small arms treaty. She could not have done so, in fact, because no such treaty has yet been negotiated.

However, treaty proposals call for tougher licensing requirements for law-abiding Americans who will be subjected to even more bogus bureaucracy to obtain and use a firearm. Of course, criminals who, by definition do not subject themselves to the law nor to bureaucracy, will not be affected by further regulation of firearms.

The expected "Small Arms Treaty" will likely hijack and destroy all weapons that unaccountable bureaucrats classify as "unauthorized." What exactly classifies a firearm as "unauthorized" will be up to the bureaucrats. If California and Washington DC are any indication, those restrictions could be so absurd as a gun having the wrong color!

Clinton, Obama and their anti-liberty commission are also calling for an international gun registry that would pave the way to eventually disarm every responsible American. Yet, since their black-market and stolen guns will not be registered, criminals will continue to be armed -- as has always been the case since Cain killed his brother. In fact, the courts have ruled that criminals (who are prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition) are not required to register their guns, since doing so would violate their Fifth Amendment right to not be a witness against themselves!

If history is an accurate guide, banning guns would only embolden criminals and encourage crime. Worse, banning guns emboldens tyrants -- that is why many of the most ardent advocates of gun-ban treaties and laws are third-world dictators who need gun control to keep their boot of power on the throats of their subjects! Why would we Americans want to endorse, participate in, or even adopt, third-world tyranny?

The Senate must reject all anti-gun agreements and every Senator must protect the Second Amendment against the anti-gun United Nations "Small Arms Treaty" and any gun ban agreement that, in any manner or degree, infringes on American individual liberties including the gun rights of responsible Americans.

The Founding Fathers knew exactly what they were doing when they wrote Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution -- they were giving the Senate the responsibility and power to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And, they knew what they were doing when they added the Second Amendment -- they were clarifying the people's right to defend themselves against all threats -- including the threat of an oppressive government at the State and Federal level -- should the Senate fails to do its job of protecting the Constitution (which it has).

The most important job the Senate has right now is to protect the Constitution as well as US citizens' Second Amendment rights. The Senate must reject all anti-gun agreements and protect the Constitution and its Second Amendment against the UN "Small Arms Treaty." Every Senator must immediately put the State Department and the Whitehouse on notice that they will not tolerate any compromise of American rights and that any government officer who attempts to do so will immediately be removed from office.

I expect that the NRA will be actively involved in this process and will oppose any treaty that would attempt to impose limits on our Second Amendment rights. In the meantime, I urge gun owners to follow this issue through NRA-ILA's Grassroots Alerts. Most importantly, I urge every gun owner to join the NRA and to vote as if your gun rights depend on your vote.

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

The Global War on Guns: Inside the UN Plan To Destroy the Bill of Rights
The Global War on Guns: Inside the UN Plan To Destroy the Bill of Rights

Tyranny of Gun Control

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