By Lindsey Bruce | X Tribune
Gun owners find themselves on shaky ground this month due to the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty that went into effect a few months ago, and is causing serious issues now. Second Amendment advocates are worried that Obama will use this treaty as a basis for executive action on gun control. It would have to pass Congress, but Obama has already showed us the power of his pen and phone with his amnesty move. At this point, nothing he does would surprise me.
Catherine Mortensen, the spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, is intensely concerned about this treaty. She said, “We are worried about an end-run around Congress. Barack Obama or a future anti-gun president could use ATT and international norms compliance to rationalize enacting gun control policies through executive actions, especially in the import and export realms.”
Mortensen thinks that this could be a very real threat to our second amendment right. She added, “Even now, with an existing appropriations rider prohibiting action to implement the treaty unless it is approved by Congress, administration officials are publicly professing support for international efforts to bring the treaty into effect. That’s outrageous,”
The U.N. General Assembly adopted the treaty in April 2013 with a vote of 154 to 3. The only three countries that opposed the treaty are Iran, Syria, and North Korea.
Mortensen is convinced that this treaty an attempt by other countries to try to infringe on our constitutional rights.
“The United Nations is trying to establish what they call basic norms and bring international pressure on the United States to eviscerate our Second Amendment Rights and they have found willing allies in the Obama administration and John Kerry,”
Article 5 of the treaty is by far the most worrisome. It mandates that all countries participating in the treaty “shall establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list.” This list should “apply the provisions of this Treaty to the broadest range of conventional arms.”
The Institute for Legislative Action (ILA), have been particularly vocal on this issue. In July 2012, ILA stated that,
“Anti-gun treaty proponents continue to mislead the public, claiming the treaty would have no impact on American gun owners. That’s a bald-faced lie. For example, the most recent draft treaty includes export/import controls that would require officials in an importing country to collect information on the ‘end user’ of a firearm, keep the information for 20 years, and provide the information to the country from which the gun was exported. In other words, if you bought a Beretta shotgun, you would be an ‘end user’ and the U.S. government would have to keep a record of you and notify the Italian government about your purchase. That is gun registration. If the U.S. refuses to implement this data collection on law-abiding American gun owners, other nations might be required to ban the export of firearms to the U.S.”
Conservatives have long been ridiculed by liberals over our “crazy” fear of civilian disarmament. But we were also laughed at when we said that the government was going to take over our healthcare. Or when we had the “loony” idea that our president would give amnesty to illegal immigrants. Conservatives have been spot on so far when it comes to these big government predictions. What was once paranoia, is now becoming stone cold reality.
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