UN ARMS TRADE TREATY VOTE TODAY? Obama and Clinton Vow to Sign the Gun Grab
The United Nations’ month-long talks on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) are drawing to a close on Friday.
And though there’s still no consensus among negotiators, the latest draft document reveals a treaty that could have serious implications for your Second Amendment rights.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton already indicated that the U.S. will sign the treaty and send it to the Senate for ratification.
The treaty itself covers trade in weapons ranging from battle tanks and battleships, to small arms and light weapons (e.g., your gun collection).
Conducting Talk Show interviews on this topic is Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America (GOA). Prate stated, “The most dangerous aspects of the Arms Trade Treaty center on arms transfers and record keeping. Language supposedly written to cover international transfers is so vague that it opens the door for regulating domestic transfers of firearms as well, which in turn would require gun owner registration.”
Pratt added, “The language of the treaty is intentionally fuzzy (Read it at: http://iapcar.org/?p=970 ). The UN global gun haters know that if they go too far at one time against American gun rights, the treaty would be rejected. The gun grabbers know they’re running a marathon, not a sprint, and they are content in using the one-slice-at-a-time approach to undermining U.S. liberty.”
Pratt is not alone in his disdain of ATT. The late Senator Jesse Helms – no fan of the UN – wrote back in 1959:
“Compromise, hell! ... If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?”
GOA agrees and has been working with Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) to get Senators on the record opposing a treaty that takes even a thin slice of our liberty.
Sen. Moran’s letter, which was signed by fifty of his colleagues, warns that in requiring nations to take “appropriate measures” in furtherance of the goals of the ATT, the treaty “will be used to push the U.S. in the direction of measures that would infringe on both Second Amendment freedoms and the U.S.’s sovereignty more broadly.”
The Moran letter, and that fact that he rallied fifty other Senators go on the record against the treaty, is significant. It puts the anti-gun side well short of the 67 votes needed to ratify a treaty.
But getting Senators to sign a letter is one thing, getting them to actually vote against a treaty is another.
GOA has prepared a petition for their members to sign to be sent to their U.S. Senators, urging them to flatly reject the anti-gun ATT.
While it’s great that we got fifty Senators to publically oppose the treaty, keep in mind that there are at least 50 Senators who are willing to side with despots and dictators over U.S. sovereignty—allowing countries like Iran to have a vote in which U.S. citizens should be allowed to have guns and under what conditions!
ABOUT YOUR EXPERT GUEST, LARRY PRATT:
Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for 30 years. GOA is a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their second amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.
GOA lobbies for the pro-gun position in Washington and is involved in firearm issues in the states. GOA’s work includes providing legal assistance to those involved in lawsuits with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the federal firearms law enforcement agency.
Pratt has appeared on numerous national radio and TV programs such as NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN’s Crossfire and Larry King Live, the Dan Abrams show and many others.
Larry Pratt has debated Congressmen James Traficant, Jr. (D-OH), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Vice President Al Gore, among others.
Larry’s columns have appeared in newspapers across the country.
Pratt published a book, Armed People Victorious, in 1990 and was editor of a book, Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution & Militias, 1995.
Pratt’s latest book is “On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty.”
Pratt has held elective office in the state legislature of Virginia, serving in the House of Delegates. Pratt directs a number of other public interest organizations and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the American Institute for Cancer Research.
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