Challenge accepted: Senate to crush Obama on UN arms treaty

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American Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice. Photo credit weaselzippers.us

When the Obama administration voted to approve a small arms trade treaty in the United Nations Tuesday, it challenged a majority of the Senate — including members of the president’s own party.

The treaty, opposed by the National Rifle Association as well as the Senate, would require that member nations take whatever steps are necessary to assure that weapons that are exported “aren’t likely to be used to harm civilians or violate human rights laws,” according to The Hill.

Although the president is expected to sign the treaty sometime in the next several months, doing so is likely to be an exercise in futility — it would still require approval by at least 67 Senators. Fifty-three already said in a March budget amendment that’s not going to happen.

“The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty that passed in the General Assembly today would require the United States to implement gun-control legislation as required by the treaty, which could supersede the laws our elected officials have already put into place,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who sponsored the budget amendment.

“It’s time the Obama administration recognizes it is already a non-starter, and Americans will not stand for internationalists limiting and infringing upon their Constitutional rights.”
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, warned Obama not to sign it.

“If you sign it, and if the U.S. Senate ratifies the treaty, Texas will lead the charge to have the treaty overturned in court as a violation of the U.S. Constitution,” Abbott wrote to the president.

Secretary of State John Kerry denies that the treaty contains any language that would violate Second Amendment rights. He claims it would apply mainly to those countries that have lax standards for arms exportation.

“The treaty adopted today will establish a common international standard for the national regulation of the international trade in conventional arms and require all states to develop and implement the kind of systems that the United States already has in place,” Kerry said. “It will help reduce the risk that international transfers of conventional arms will be used to carry out the world’s worst crimes, including terrorism, genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.”

Kerry added that “nothing in this treaty could ever infringe on the rights of American citizens,” The Hill reported.

Meanwhile, the NRA is asking that Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., who has long criticized the treaty, introduce a resolution in opposition to it.

Sen. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., is expected to submit a concurring resolution, posted on his Facebook page late Tuesday, “I am deeply disappointed with the Obama administration’s vote today in support of forcing the ominous Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) through the UN General Assembly. For the sake of our national interests and Constitutional freedom, I strongly urge President Obama to reject the ATT.”

Read more at The Hill.

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  • KB Cook

    Get the USA out of the UN and get the UN out of the USA. They are mutually exclusive means of government.

    • john

      right on brother

  • C. Cagle

    Im sorry I remember Kerry running for president and how he was caught lieing about things then,think Im going to believe you now Kerry HELL NO!!! and Im a fellow VET. YOU LOSE!!!!

  • torepedo

    dont trust this scum bag goverment for one minute

  • Debbie Mullis

    The pansy only signed it so he would look good to his sheep…..he knows it will never pass. Impeachment is the solution to keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists.

  • John

    Mike Kelly is a congressman from PA-3 not a senator.

  • Andytecture

    This would require that member Nations assure that exported weapons “aren’t likely to be used to harm civilians or violate human rights laws,” I agree, lets hold the counties we trade with responsible for Murders and Criminals actions in our country! That will reduce the prison population for sure! Darn manufacturers looking to make a quality product people want to buy!

  • John

    If it brings other Nations up to US standards that are already OUR law, why do WE need to sign the thing? Because then it will give the UN the authority to change, override, and/or throw out any of our gun laws it, or I should say, George Soros, doesn't like!!

  • Patriot1742

    This agreement will only work if the bad guys obey it and that is not going to happen – so it is like what most of the democrats do – jump up and down and restrict the good guys. So much for gun laws – I will keep the 2nd.

  • s.davis

    Yes. I agree and Mr Kerry needs to understand the American people are not uneducated and unlearned. We do know how to read and we remember his past lies. He needs to understand we, the people will not stand for an outside Organization(the UN) to try and control the way things are done in these United States of America.

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