Act 2 For The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

It looks like the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which got nowhere during a month of negotiations at UN headquarters in New York last July, is about to get another chance on the global stage. A resolution is likely to be introduced at the UN General Assembly this month calling for a revival of the negotiations at a treaty conference next March in New York.  The difference this time is that the treaty proponents are trying to eliminate the consensus process and allow the treaty to be approved by a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly. They also aim to beef up the most current draft version of the text.

Treaty supporters want ammunition, parts and components included within the scope section of the treaty. They want more detailed record-keeping and reporting requirements that eliminate exemptions for “national security” and “commercially sensitive” data.  And they insist that there be no exemptions for transfers of arms pursuant to existing defense cooperation agreements.

“There is a risk of a diplomatic groundhog day if governments do not change their approach and get this Treaty agreed as a matter of urgency,” said Anna Macdonald, Head of Arms Control for Oxfam, at a press conference held at UN headquarters in New York on October 15th that she conducted with two other treaty supporters.

The Obama administration decided for political reasons not to sign on to the text of the draft treaty produced at the end of the July negotiations, saying that it needed more time to study the issues.  Expect that, if re-elected, President Obama will use his “flexibility” to support the treaty in some form during its next go-around. In any event, treaty proponents contend that its core provisions would apply even to non-parties on the theory that its approval by the General Assembly would make it a normative obligation under what is known as “customary international law.”

Inclusion of small arms, ammunition and detailed reporting requirements raise potentially serious Second Amendment issues, irrespective of introductory clauses that indicate an intent not to regulate arms transfers occurring “exclusively” within the territory of a member state or “lawful” ownership for use in “recreational, cultural, historical, and sporting activities.”  The back door to achieving global regulation of domestic sales is the provision in the most current treaty text that would require member states to clamp down on “the possible diversion of arms into the illicit market.” The risk of “possible diversion” ala Fast & Furious will become the rationale for regulating guns everywhere.

The treaty also poses a significant risk to our national security.  Countries and civil organizations opposed to U.S. foreign policy will seek to put the United States on the spot for arms transfers they allege assist in the violation of international human rights or humanitarian law.

As the Heritage Foundation explained in a report on the treaty:

“In short, the U.S. understanding of what constitutes ‘international humanitarian law’ is not fully shared by many other states, and by endorsing this term, the U.S. may be committing itself to responsibilities that it does not in fact accept but will be pressured to uphold. In other words, an ATT with this provision will become yet another mechanism for accusing the U.S. of being an international law-breaker and urging it to adopt treaties that it has democratically—and wisely—refused to ratify.”

The Arms Trade Treaty as currently drafted is particularly vulnerable to exploitation by Israel’s enemies. Waving numerous resolutions approved by the Islamist dominated UN Human Rights Council accusing Israel of acts of state terrorism, racism and war crimes, the Palestinians and their allies will claim that the United States would be acting contrary to the treaty by continuing to supply Israel with weapons.

In the words of the Heritage Foundation report:

“The treaty will be used to pressure every one of the nations that sells arms, as defined by the ATT, to Israel to end those sales. On this ground alone, the U.S. will certainly be accused of violating the ATT, which will rapidly emerge as a weapon that can be eagerly employed against Israel, over time profoundly impairing Israel’s ability to defend itself.”

The proponents of the treaty would make things even worse if they succeed in removing the exemption for existing defense cooperation agreements that appears in the most current draft of the treaty.

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty is fundamentally flawed.  The countries that supply weapons to the likes of Syrian dictator Bashar Hafez al-Assad or other ruthless thugs are not going to be stopped by a piece of paper. All that it will do is tie us down Gulliver style in the vain pursuit of global approval.

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  • EthanP

    I expect (IMHO) that win or lose the Obama admin will approve as many of these "International" treaty's as possible. They seem to be backing a UN tax on the Internet that will also permit dictators to monitor it.

    • @undefined

      That is their plan, sir. Every program the Progressives have enacted still haunt our once free society.

  • oldtimer

    We must keep alert, not be distracted as that is what they do, distract, so that the people don't know what they are doing until it is too late. Change a word here or there but the meaning is the same. Never let your guard down and be aware of what is happening in the background. Contact your state reps and don't let this treaty be approved.

  • Omar

    Why doesn't the invented people (so-called "Palestinians") disarm? They and their Islamist allies are behind most of the trouble in the world. Maybe if they give up their destructive intentions, then genuine negotiations would begin.

  • Geet Faar Ked Ded

    Point all those weapons at the UN building and fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • riverboatbill

    Lock and load. The UN is coming to town.

  • UCSPanther

    I've been told that the Israelis consider the UN as Persona non grata within Israel. We should do the same.

  • Tanner

    “The treaty will be used to pressure every one of the nations that sells arms, as defined by the ATT, to Israel to end those sales. On this ground alone, the U.S. will certainly be accused of violating the ATT, which will rapidly emerge as a weapon that can be eagerly employed against Israel, over time profoundly impairing Israel’s ability to defend itself.”

    Yes, especially if the majority of the UN is dominated by radical Muslims and radical Leftists, which I have no doubt that's coming to be a reality. The existence of the Antichrist possibly? A full-scale war against the UN is the last thing we need. The UN needs to keep its nose out of the U.S. and shut up. The UN is a platform for hatred of the U.S. and Israel anyway.

    • Omar

      Then NATO should be used as the free world's platform for action against Russia and "Palestine" The invented people (so-called "Palestinians" and their Russian supporters (United Russia Party aka the modern Communist Party of the Soviet Union) have caused too much trouble in the world.

  • Gene Ralno

    With just a little luck, this will trigger a final ouster of the League of Nations v. 2. Besides, we won't miss any part of it because 80 percent of the members are corrupt, tin-pot dictators whose subjects seem attracted to oppression.

  • Goldbug36

    Obama and Romney are both anti-gun (Romney is only pretending not to be during the campaign). They are both globalists, and they will do as their master commands. Even though this horrific, anti-constitutional treaty has temporarily failed, twenty (20) Republicans voted FOR ratification. Our Congress has been taken over by globalist traitors.

  • Chad

    One world government, one world bank, and one world religion is coming. It is prophesied in the bible and the word of God does not change. I pray that America is a thorn in the side of the antichrist and America stands for God even unto Jesus' return!

  • Glenn

    I have over a hundred guns, and millions of rounds of ammo, come get my guns, bring body bags, I plan on dying gun in hand….BTW, I am no nut, I am ex-soldier, honorably discharged, served my coutry with honors, not a criminal, pay my taxes, etc. But I will not let some idiots who have no business in this country dictate policy……I am prepared to die for this right…as are millions of others….they want war, we can bring war…..