Saturday, July 7, 2012

And They Want You To Believe In That Fairy Tale Called The UN, Too

The State Department is saying that the Arms Trade Treaty won't handicap our Second Amendment rights according to a story in
“The Arms Trade Treaty will not in any way handicap the legitimate right of self-defense,” Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller said in a tweet.

The tweet links to a list of “redlines” the administration has established for the treaty, which aims to “establish common international standards for the import, export, and transfer of conventional arms to help prevent the acquisition of arms by terrorists, criminals, and those who violate human rights or are subject to UN arms embargoes.” The United Nations is scheduled to spend all month trying to devise a treaty that all its members can agree to.
The "redlines" as published on the State Department's website include:

  • The Second Amendment to the Constitution must be upheld.
  • There will be no restrictions on civilian possession or trade of firearms otherwise permitted by law or protected by the U.S. Constitution.
  • There will be no dilution or diminishing of sovereign control over issues involving the private acquisition, ownership, or possession of firearms, which must remain matters of domestic law.
  • The U.S. will oppose provisions inconsistent with existing U.S. law or that would unduly interfere with our ability to import, export, or transfer arms in support of our national security and foreign policy interests.
  • The international arms trade is a legitimate commercial activity, and otherwise lawful commercial trade in arms must not be unduly hindered.
  • There will be no requirement for reporting on or marking and tracing of ammunition or explosives.
  • There will be no lowering of current international standards.
  • Existing nonproliferation and export control regimes must not be undermined.
  • The ATT negotiations must have consensus decision making to allow us to protect U.S. equities.
  • There will be no mandate for an international body to enforce an ATT.
Color me skeptical of both the State Department and the United Nations when it comes to arms control. As to the Second Amendment being upheld, given the prevailing opinion of many within this administration, Heller notwithstanding, that it only guarantees a collective right, this seems to me to be a throw-away for them.

The State Department also states that it is the position of the United States that the ATT include parts and components as well as a broadly defined list of armaments including "tanks, armored combat vehicles, artillery systems, military aircraft, military helicopters, naval vessels, missiles, missile launchers, small arms and light weapons, and combat support equipment." If this is the case, then you can kiss parts kits for AKs, FN-FALs, and many other former military rifles and carbines good-bye.


  1. Great post.

    Right. I trust them. They told me I could keep my doctor and my taxes wouldn't go up. Why should they lie. You must be a paranoid racist if you doubt our government.

    I had my cup of cool-aid right here.

  2. "otherwise permitted by law" is a loophole you could run an army of firearms restrictions through.

  3. Trust the UN? Sorry, I was laughing so hard that my spleen burst!

    They lie so much that they can never be trusted. We need to cease funding the UN and banish them from New York. Member countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, most of the Africa nations, and all the "crap"-istans, who are trying to tell us we have human rights abuses, unfair elections and need to give billions to "develop" corrupt countries are plain evil.

    If the ATT gets through in any form, it will simply be revised by our enemies later to eliminate our Second Amendment.