Only weeks ago, President Barack Obama announced his commitment to work with European leaders to implement United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in 2014. In doing so he ignored the vigorous objections of our elected officials in both the Senate and the House. He also ignored the potential dangers that the treaty poses to American sovereignty and the individual freedoms guaranteed by the Second Amendment. And he showed his “true colors”—a belief that the power of his “pen” (and phone) trumps the power of the People and the Constitution.
At first blush, the lofty goals of the Arms Trade Treaty sound enticing—to establish “international standards for regulating . . . the international trade” in war-like weaponry. But the devil is in the details. The treaty does not just regulate international trade of tanks, missiles, combat aircraft and the such – it also seeks to regulate “small arms.” That means handguns . . . rifles . . . shotguns. The very types of arms protected by our Second Amendment.
The United Nations, however, cares not one whit about American freedoms or the Second Amendment. It cares only about furthering its global gun-control agenda by establishing a scheme for regulating international trade of conventional arms—small arms—across the globe. It mandates strict limitations on the export and import of firearms and promotes “national control system(s).” It requires detailed records of the “quantity, value, model/type, . . . and end users” of firearms traded internationally and annual reports to the United Nations.
The U.N. and international community, historically, have shown nothing but disdain for the right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment. But it matters dearly to the American people. And Congress took notice. Before the Arms Trade Treaty was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. Senate passed a test amendment “[t]o uphold Second Amendment Rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.”
Obama disregarded the Senate vote and directed Secretary of State, John Kerry, to sign the Arms Trade Treaty. The Senate reacted immediately. In a letter to Obama, fifty Senators challenged his decision to sign the treaty and confirmed that they could not give their “advice and consent.” Members of the House also objected to the decision. Both were concerned with treaty provisions which posed substantial threats to the Second Amendment and American sovereignty.
Then, on March 26, 2014, Obama turned a “deaf ear” to the American people and our elected representatives, when he signed a Joint Statement with European leaders avowing “to promote the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty in 2014.” In other words, Obama used his “pen” to commit the United States to promote and implement the U.N. treaty in 2014.
Obama seems intent on implementing the Arms Trade Treaty – with or without the “Advice and Consent” of the Senate . . . with or without the support of the American people. His approach to governance demonstrates a blatant disregard and utter distain for the principles and freedoms underlying the Constitution, which is disturbing at best and, at worst, borders on tyranny.