With apologies to Monty Python, it appears as though the dreaded UN Arms Trade Treaty is dead. It’s not pining for the fjords, either.
Thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of the NRA, negotiations on the controversial treaty designed to limit the global arms trade broke down late Thursday, and the conference was ended without reporting a draft treaty to the member nations.
Oddly enough, there was little coverage of this event in the MSM, probably because the treaty’s passage was one of the Obama administration’s main goals for this term. Obama and Hillary Clinton have long viewed this treaty as a vehicle for imposing gun control on the US, in spite of the Second Amendment’s guarantees, since a ratified treaty has the force of law. Now, it appears that their plans have been foiled by the
dastardly folks patriots at the NRA:
This is a big victory for American gun owners, and the NRA is being widely credited for killing the U.N. ATT.
For nearly 20 years, the NRA has worked tirelessly to warn American gun owners about the United Nations’ efforts to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners by putting in place international controls on small arms.
NRA became a recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and has monitored all U.N. activities that could impact on our Second Amendment rights. As a result, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre testified before the U.N. (2012 remarks, 2011 remarks) making it clear that the NRA would fight any international treaty that included civilian arms.
NRA worked with our allies in the U.S. Congress and successfully assembled strong bipartisan opposition to any treaty that adversely impacts the Second Amendment. On two occasions NRA was successful in convincing a majority of the U.S. Senate to sign letters to President Obama that made it clear that any treaty that included civilian arms was not going to be ratified by the U.S. Senate.
Yesterday (July 26), Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) gathered the signatures of 51 Senators on a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton opposing any treaty that infringes on our rights. The letter stated “As the treaty process continues, we strongly encourage your administration not only to uphold our country’s constitutional protections of civilian firearms ownership, but to ensure–if necessary, by breaking consensus at the July conference–that the treaty will explicitly recognize the legitimacy of lawful activities associated with firearms, including but not limited to the right of self-defense. As members of the United States Senate, we will oppose the ratification of any Arms Trade Treaty that falls short of this standard.”
NRA members made their voices heard on this issue as well, calling their elected representatives and urging their opposition to the treaty. As a result, 130 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have voiced strong opposition to the treaty.
During the past week, it became increasingly possible that the Conference would fail to come to an agreement on draft language. On Thursday, the Conference President produced yet another draft of the ATT in an effort to salvage the process. The new draft, like previous ones, was wholly incompatible with the Second Amendment rights protected by our Constitution.
This is a huge blow to the
Obama Administration Choom Gang, especially in this election year. Gun owners, along with everyone else who believes in our Constitution, owe the NRA a huge debt of gratitude on this one.
The fight isn’t over, though. Not only will the UN come back in the future and try this again, but we still have an election to win this fall. I would urge anyone who values the right to keep and bear arms in this country to become a member of the NRA today, and add your voice to the more than 4 million others who are working on your behalf!