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.
We are reaping the benefits of 100+ years of progressivism..they have been slow but staedy..kind of like the slow boiling frog..we are at the boiling point and awake now amd the left knows it..makes them even more dangerous..esp with their lemmings in tow..
If this obamnation and his communist comrades in the senate try to infringed on our right to bear arms. Defination that is shall make no law and shall not be violated. Then it will be time to dissolve our partnership as a state from this tyranny filled federal government. And inact a new federal government that all states that wish to join that protects the personal individual rights with a limited government.
There is no question evil has taken over this United States government.
These few evil marxist wish to force a collective slavery on the Amercian people to inforce there rules of tyranny by force threw a oppressive federal government. Laying down our United States sovereignty for a world marxist communist of domanation over a free people.
obama is a muslim and he is using everyone: stupid democrats, women, seniors, communists, jews, Christians, blacks, hispanics, and stupid whites to turn the USA into muslim ville. He will exterminate all to get his way, he considers himself king. White America voted in this monster but everyone will have to fight to get him out and not with guns as he will just declare a crisis. We may need our guns later as I will die before I become a muslim. Fight NOW in every way.
Obama is NO friend to America no matter what his faith of choice is. In my opinion he is in fact a subversive with extraordinary power. I have come to the conclusion that when Obama and Co speak on TV or where ever they are NOT speaking to me. I don't think they're speaking to any actual Americans. They're speaking to their base including the illegal invasion of Hispanics and others who have swarmed here. They're not speaking to all Black Americans but they are speaking to the New Black Panthers and Calypso Louie. Many times I think they are inciting that base to act out. Civil chaos would work in their behalf. I hope everything holds together until after the 2012 elections. But NO MATTER which way that goes (and I suspect it's fixed) some side is going to be very unhappy. Humm..
I just posted a video Dick Morris stating this treaty will be signed on 7/27/12. This is terrible for the entire world. I don't think we should do anything with the UN let alone sign a gun treaty that will change the US and all countries. He stated he must be ratified in the fall and that time we must declare loud and clear we don't want this. But as usual if the country is against it Obama will sign it because he hates the US and everyone in it. He is the problem impeach him and we can stay a free nation and leave the UN should be a priority.
I did to Sharon, the UN needs to pack their bags they in no way have the right to tell us what or when we can do something. Miss Billary needs her jock straps tightened a bit she is the one doing this per dumbo.
Sharon, don't worry about this, who is going to follow it? How many citizens are going to give up their guns becuse barry sings a piece of paper with the UN? I WILL NOT COMPLY!!! And neither will 99% of American citizens. Screw him and his dictatorial plans.
Ronald, I have seen it too and "not pretty" is an understatement. It is coming here but there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 million hunters in this country. He will need the local law enforcement to help and everyone I have talked to around here won't assist the gestapo in their evil deeds so they will have a fight on their hands.
I haven't seen anything about Tampa but then I don't watch television much unless it is sports. I don't get any "news" from there. Wouldn't surprise me though.
May a sewer rat climb up their leg and castarate them.
It is no wonder that since obama got into office gun sales have skyrocketed.
Anthony, we are part of the REAL 99%, those who won't surrender to tyranny.