Epic Fail: U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Fizzles Out

By Woody published on in Chronicle, Guest Posts, Industry News, Legal Issues, News, Second Amendment

The Conference on the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (U.N. ATT) has broken down and will not report a draft treaty to the member nations. This is a big victory for American gun owners, and the NRA is being widely credited for killing the U.N. ATT.

NRA worked with pro-gun 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.

On 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 domestic gun 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.”

During the week leading up to the impasse, 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 Second Amendment rights protected by the Constitution.

Details of the Composite ‘Working Document’ were released on July 24. The draft barred weapons transfers to “non-state actors” – which, by definition, include private citizens. A U.S. delegate argued against the provisions during closed-door talks Friday. Also, proponents said the first draft of the U.N. treaty had “more holes than a leaky bucket.”

 

 

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  • Bob Miller

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    Bottom line: If the US government or the U.N. or any entity passed a law requiring you to throw your neighbor off a cliff, would you comply? I think not. It doesn’t matter what they decide in Washington DC or what they decide on the floor of the U.N., if they want me to comply with ANY law that violates the US Constitution or our God given rights as human beings, I will simply refuse to comply and I hope you would too, regardless of the cost. I believe the American Spirit is still alive and well in most of this country’s citizens. We the people are still the government of this nation, and as long as we stick together, refrain from fighting amongst ourselves, and refuse to go along with the insanity of the minority of power mongers, we will be victorious.

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  • Victor spivey

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    Hitler had a dream of an unarmed nation and we all know how that went. The only thing that keeps this nation ” free ” is the fact that there are far more armed citizens than military or police. They may have better weapons but that didn’t help the Russians in Afghanistan. I , for one , am willing to defend my rights through the voice of sustained and accurate gunfire if needed. That I would need to do this is a nightmare I do not wish to lose sleep over and I pray that I never do , but we as a people must recognize the real possibility that it could come to that. Our government is only as righteous as we ” the people ” force them to be. I fear we have failed at this on many things and it’s time we got back on the path that this country was founded on or the millions of lives lost in its defense were for nought.

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  • say nay

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    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT (AGAIN) IN 2012 !!!
    ERIC HOLDER FOR VICE-PRESIDENT !!!

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  • J. Todd Watkins

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    In reference to comment #104 from justincase…you are right. Michael Bloomberg is currently an Independent. However, he ran as a Republican from 2001 to 2007. My point was to reiterate that we cannot blindly follow someone based on their party affiliation. He ran as a Republican and then ran away from his party platform.

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  • Captain James C. Green

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    I was actually at the first UN conference on this issue in 2001 in New York. John Bolton and Don McConnell deserve special recognition for the amazingly strong stand they took, as the US delegation, in not allowing the UN assembly to reach consensus. An agreement failed then too because of the USA resistance. But at the end of the conference, Secretary General Kofi Annan said, “We may not have gotten what we wanted this time, but it’s just the beginning.” In other words, they were going to keep at it until they are able to ban most private ownership of small arms worldwide. We may have a short reprieve right now, but it is going to be a constant battle that we must keep winning over and over again. We can never give up! It is our God-given, natural, fundamental, unalienable right to keep and bear arms… not something granted to us by the Constitution or an international body. Therefore, this right can never be taken away except by force, which won’t happen in the USA… ever!

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  • T. Trivette

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    This comment is coming in way after the heat and celebration of the moment, but I feel that this fight is far from over. Sen. Rand Paul, one of my personal favorites in that less than favorable city,seems to be of the firm belief that they are still hard at it in the UN. There seems to be something going on that the UN, Hillary, and BO are of the impression that they can skip the treaty process and that troublesome U.S. Senate approval thing. Anyone still browsing through here might check out the National Ass. for Gun Rights. this fellow, Dudley Brown, is either trying to make a living off of “chip ins”, or he believes there is still trouble in that big box of corruption and U.S. distain in NYC. I am of the opinion it is the latter of the two. If anyone is still checking out this once followed story, you might want to turn over another rock and see what you think it is under neath, BO told the Brady bunch, “we’re working behind the scenes”. Just saying…

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  • Steve Jones Sr.

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    What irks me is the United States governmrnt allows the American hateing United Nations to headquarter on our soil mostly at our exspense. Throw them out

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