Originally posted August 26, 2011.
On August 3, 2011 we wrote that the Obama administration has been trying to circumvent the Second Amendment by working with the United Nations to create a worldwide gun control regime known as the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Since then, Senator Rand Paul has urged Americans to fight the treaty by signing a petition. Senator Paul writes,
“If passed by the UN and ratified by the U.S. Senate, the UN Small Arms Treaty would almost certainly FORCE the U.S. to:
*** Enact tougher licensing requirements, making law-abiding Americans cut through even more bureaucratic red tape just to own a firearm legally;
*** CONFISCATE and DESTROY ALL “unauthorized” civilian firearms (all firearms owned by the government are excluded, of course);
*** BAN the trade, sale and private ownership of ALL semi-automatic weapons;
*** Create an INTERNATIONAL gun registry, setting the stage for full-scale gun CONFISCATION.”
Television and movie star Chuck Norris, a former chairman of the NRA’s Trigger the Vote campaign, wrote in Politico, “Not long ago, the gun control advocates Jim and Sarah Brady visited the White House. President Barack Obama reportedly told them that he was working on new gun control schemes ‘under the radar’.”
Norris continues, “For an administration with a secretive itch for gun control, the situation is ideal. They can let the United Nations do the dirty work of drafting onerous new restrictions on civilian firearms, then package them inside a treaty with legitimate measures to control true military armaments.”
Both Republican and Democrat senators have sent the president letters criticizing the Arms Trade Treaty. The senators of the president’s own party wrote, “We also oppose any inclusion of small arms, light weapons, ammunition or related materials that would make the Treaty overly broad and virtually unenforceable. Finally, the establishment of any sort of international gun registry that could impede upon the privacy rights of law-abiding gun owners is a non-starter.”
To sign the National Association for Gun Rights petition sponsored by Senator Paul, click here.