The UN inadvertantly is attacking the Second Amendment, that guarantees Americans the right to bear arms, as it pushes for the “Small Arms Treaty”. The pact has already riled many gun owners as well as lawmakers such as Kentucky’s Republican Senator Rand Paul. The most recent attack against the treaty was launched by Larry Bell of Forbes magazine, who published an editorial about it yesterday.
So what this means, should the Senate decide to ratify the agreement, it would mean the following:
There would be tougher licensing requirements, creating additional bureaucratic red tape for legal firearms ownership.
They could then confiscate and destroy all “unauthorized” civilian firearms (exempting those owned by our government, of course).
And it would also ban the trade, sale and private ownership of all semi-automatic weapons (any that have magazines even though they still operate in the same one trigger pull — one single “bang” manner as revolvers, a simple fact the ant-gun media never seem to grasp).
And finally, there would be created an international gun registry, clearly setting the stage for full-scale gun confiscation.
So how does this treaty then affect us? Bell says it would override our national sovereignty, in the process giving license to the federal government to assert preemptive powers over state regulatory powers guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment in addition to our Second Amendment rights.
Bell contended that while the purported intent of the treaty is to combat terrorism and insurgencies, the measure will actually target “our Constitutional right for law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms.”
Also, if the agreement is signed, this would give the Obama Administration the opportunity to impose harsher domestic gun-control laws, such as more difficult licensing requirements and other increased regulations. Bell reported that the treaty would also create an “international gun registry” and allow the confiscation and destruction of “all unauthorized civilian firearms,” severely infringing upon Second Amendment rights.
And there is strong support for the treaty, within the Administration, which in 2010 endorsed the UN Arms Treaty Resolution (along with 152 other nations), which establishes a 2012 conference that will draft a blueprint for enactment. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already pledged to advocate for ratification with the U.S. Senate.
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton has already warned gun owners about the initiative, asserting that the UN is “trying to act as though this is really just a treaty about international arms trade between nation states, but there is no doubt that the real agenda here is domestic firearms control.”