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The International Action Network for Small Arms is the standard-bearer for practically all the world’s anti-gun organizations. Among the financiers of this network is the notorious billionaire, George Soros, whose vision is a world where national sovereignty dutifully bows to “global norms.” Strikingly similar to Obama thinking.
Although the Arms Trade Treaty “is considered the most imminent threat to the Second Amendment, it’s hardly the only one,” says NRA’s Schmeits. Back in 2001, the United Nations instituted its “Program of Action” for gun control. It pressures governments to tighten firearms restrictions.
Unlike the ATT, the restrictions are not binding. At least not as of now, But they could be changed by a UN vote, Schmeits maintains. Still another treaty, the Organization of American States (OAS) is in the background, waiting to be ratified when the time is right.
Administration officials said Obama will push for Senate ratification of a Latin American arms trafficking treaty, according to an April Associated Press story.
No treaty has yet been ratified. But as the NRA maintains, “Any of these broad international agreements could foster the growth of a global gun-ban bureaucracy, with all the taxes, inefficiencies, waste and corruption that have characterized bureaucracies since the beginning—yet with no effect on crime.”
That’s certainly what we’ve seen in many countries—from Australia and South Africa to England and Canada. They have adopted the types of gun bans that the UN now wants to impose on the U.S.
Transparency is missing in the UN talks. Last summer, the UN closed the doors on all non-governmental organizations—including, naturally, the NRA. Citizens also were barred from listening to the discussions on the Arms Trade Treaty.
It should be “no mystery why many of the world’s repressive regimes [and plenty of them are UN members] would want to keep firearms out of the hands of their subjects,” said Schmeits. He quoted Thomas Paine, who said: “It is the responsibility of the patriot to protect his country from its government.”
“If foreign powers insist upon pushing their idea of ‘global norms’ across our borders,” Schmeits said, “the NRA will be the first to alert and mobilize the American people to stop them.” And it would still take a two-thirds vote of the Senate to ratify a Treaty.
Meanwhile, Wal-Mart Stores is bringing back rifles, shotguns, and ammunition to half of its 3,500 U.S. locations. A spokesman, David Tovar, said, “We realized the appeal is broader than we had thought.” Gun sales have been on the rise throughout the county, mainly handguns, quite possibly in fear of future gun controls.
As Thomas Jefferson wisely said: “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, at last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
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