Over 100 members of Congress appear to share the concerns of a former Army general who has sounded the alarm over efforts by the Obama Administration to push through the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, or ATT.
As WND reported, retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin earlier this year, in a video in which he claimed Obama was leading America down the p..., blasted the ATT, also known as the small arms treaty, saying it would regulate private gun ownership.
“There has been a decree by the administration by the president and the secretary of state saying that our president will sign the United Nations small arms treaty, which is about how we will buy sell and control individual private weapons,” Boykin warned. “That means the United Nations, an international body will decide how you and I as Americans can buy and sell our weapons, how we control those weapons, who is authorized to have those weapons and where they are. This is a dangerous trend.”
Now some 130 lawmakers, consisting of mostly Republicans, but also including Democrats such as Reps. Jason Altmire, Sanford Bishop, Jerry Costello, Danny Davis and Peter DeFazio sent off a letter to the Obama administration opposing the treaty.
The letter states that Congress is concerned the treaty could “pose significant threats to our national security, foreign policy and economic interests as well as our constitutional rights.”
The letter goes on to declare that the Second Amendment guarantees the “fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms” and the U.S. has no business supporting a treaty that infringes on the Bill of Rights.
The ATT would specifically require signatories to identify and trace, in “a timely and reliable manner,” illicit small arms and light weapons. The information would be required to be submitted to the United Nations.
The treaty was opposed by the Bush administration, but President Obama’s administration reversed direction on the treaty. U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said the United States would support talks towards ratifying the treaty.
While the treaty is still in a draft stage, the United Nations is beginning a month-long process beginning this week to craft the final details of the treaty.
Supporters say the treaty is necessary to prevent rogue countries from being able to purchase guns from arms dealers. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said concerns about the treaty restricting individual rights are “misplaced” and that he supported its goals.
Critics of the treaty have long maintained that the treaty would lead to mandatory registration of all firearms and every sale; even those between individuals.
The congressional letter also takes issue with the “moral equivalence” of comparing America to totalitarian regimes and calls upon the administration to break consensus and reject the treaty. It goes on to remind the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that “the Constitution gives the power to regulate international commerce to Congress alone.”
This is not the first time Congress has sent letters to the administration opposing the small arms treaty. Last year, Congress sent off a similar letter addressing many of the same concerns. This letter was signed by 12 Democrats who joined 45 Republicans in opposing the treaty.
The letter stated, “The Arms Trade Treaty must not in any way regulate the domestic manufacture, possession or sale of firearms or ammunition.”
It went on to state, “The establishment of any sort of international gun registry that could impede upon the privacy rights of law-abiding gun owners is a non-starter.”
While that letter was been touted in the mainstream media as an indication that Democrats are now opposing gun control, some pointed out that the letter actually proved the opposite. The Senators stated they support the general concept of the treaty but believe countries such as the U.S. should have “exclusive authority to regulate arms within their own borders.”
Critics point out that this statement indicates that the senators believe firearms registration is acceptable provided it is initiated by individual governments.
Per Article II, Sec. 2 of the U.S. Constitution, any treaty a president wishes to make requires the concurrence of two thirds of the Senators present. There is no way Obama can get that majority in the full Senate. But, by some sort of closed-door secret vote among Senators present at the time he signs, that might exclude the rest of its membership. Obama just might try to pull it off during recess by calling in close supporters in order to meet the "present" wording. Unlikely, you say? Not in light of all the other executive orders he has already issued, without Congressional approval.
Exactly right Cory I look for dumbo to come out with an EO to do this, he wants us just like foreign countries with no guns. I'm still waiting for the black limos to pull up in front.
Then, it's best you have all your supplies laid in, and your bug-out plans finalized, Ralph.
I BE READY CORY BELIEVE ME
I just wonder what they really thinks going on here. I mean do they actually think we are going to listen to them? Do they think we really give a crap what the UN, and Obama think. I still am waiting to see if Barry Shitoro is even a legal citizen. If he pulled up in my front yard rite now I would address him like any ole trespasser . I don't give a rats ass who he or the UN think they are. Who they think they are and what they really are is to different things. They may have a mighty high impression of themselves , But I could give a crap less, and Id sooner talk to a homeless man. They are just like any other terrorist as far as I am concerned. And that's the kind of greeting they will receive.
Tell him he is entering the killing zone and due to the price of ammunition there will be no warning shots fired.
For this to be true there needs to be a mass uprising, individuals will be seen as nothing more than loan nut gunman
That's exactly correct. One day, Obama may decided to shut down all forms of communications. We need to figure out a way to maintain communications with patriot groups so that an assembly at the revolt location(s) can take place.
Douglas we might need alternative ways to communicate may I suggest the a possible CB way or 2 way radios on their own frequencies. There is always a way to skin the Rat!
Wow ......Douglas you are on to something here.....! The illegal government we are currently under is rapidly laying the ground work, and making contengency plans for martial law it appears. Then we The People, Tea Party, and all constitution loving people in this country need to make some contingency plans of our own right along with that. To fight fire with fire.
Portable ham radios would do the trick.Prearranged meeting places to bug out to in case of a communication black out. Runners who know the other local groups, and where to find them.