Obama-Backed UN Gun Control Treaty on Its Way

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Government representatives from more than 190 countries, under the watchful eyes of gun control advocates such as Amnesty International and the Control Arms Coalition, are currently in negotiations at the United Nations headquarters in New York to hammer out the terms of the first UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The treaty is supposed to fill the gap caused by the absence of commonly agreed international standards for the transfer of conventional arms, including guns, and their diversion to the illicit market.

Negotiators are working feverishly towards completing their work so that a treaty will be ready to be signed by the end of this month. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may be in New York for the occasion.

Things got off to a curious start as the Palestinians tried to take a short-cut towards achieving upgraded UN member state status by attempting to be seated as a full-fledged state party to the treaty negotiations. The gambit did not work, but the Palestinians did secure a seat in the front row of the conference room where talks on the treaty are taking place. And the Palestinians’ patron Iran was elected to a vice president position on the 15-member executive committee steering the talks.

After that inglorious beginning, the talks began in earnest. Some of the talks are being held behind closed doors.  Other meetings, including a plenary session that I attended, are open to the press.  Documents compiling member state comments as well as working committee chairman drafts are periodically circulated among the participants.

One such working draft of possible treaty language, dated July 14, 2012, tried to assuage the concerns of gun rights proponents, particularly in the United States, that the treaty would interfere with their constitutional right to keep and bear arms. It did so by affirming in its preamble “the sovereign right of States to determine any regulation of internal transfers of arms and national ownership exclusively within their territory, including through national constitutional protections on private ownership.”

The problem is that preambles have no binding legal effect in a treaty or a contract.  Thus, the disclaimer is legally meaningless. What counts are the operative provisions within the body of the document. The proposed treaty language does not clearly define its jurisdictional limitation to covering only exports and imports between and among the member states.  It could be interpreted as requiring regulation and control of the domestic possession and sale of firearms if there is any chance, no matter how remote, that such firearms could be, in the words of the draft text, “diverted” to “unauthorized end users.”

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  • ★FALCON★

    I'm rather sure that LaPierre's block of 58 senators will vote it down and then Obama will issue an executive order or presidential directive.

    I just wonder what it takes to impeach an avowed communist.

    • Sprinklerman

      The fact that there are at least 42 Senators who have not signed on to the NRA block is very troubling.

    • Asher

      Whatever happens this administration had better be ready for armed conflict…we do not recognize any treaty by the UN…the constitution is the Laws of this land..and no lying bunch of Leftwing-Islamists is going to take our Guns!

      • Blanche

        I agree l00% – you are "right on"

    • mike

      houldnt have to pay anyone for moral decisions

  • davarino

    When in the course of human events…………………….

    Just another decree to undo after this usurper is out of office.

  • oldtimer

    If it were not for guns this country would still be under British rule (or worse). The founding fathers, in their wisdom, wrote and initiated the 2nd amendment for just that reason. Read the Declaration of Independence, or watch the movie National Treasury, the part when Nicholas Cage is standing before the Declaration, and the part he reads….

  • mrbean

    I am stealing this from Charelton Heston; So, as we set out this year to defeat the UN and Obama who would take our freedom away under the 2nd Amendment , I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, President Obama,:"I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands!"

  • dmw

    Dick Morris says that if Hillary only signs (as Sec of State) Americans are still in trouble.

    • dmw

      Be sure to watch first part of the video interview.

  • robertpinkerton

    It must be remembered that the United Nations is an assemblage of governments. i.e: Heads of State and persons of highest socio-economic status within their respective countries.

    1. How many governments therein represented, would be in power today if they had not substantially abrogated their citizens’ individual right to arms?

    2. The individual citizen of a country which is dominated by a multi-national corporation, is in a position closely analogous to that of a straight boy in a boarding school (his country) wherein the biggest bully in the student body (his country’s government) is the headmaster’s (the multi-national in question) favorite catamite. Bullies prefer disarmed victims.

    In fact, I do trust the United Nations Organization — for one and only one thing, and that is nurturance and cherishment of severely indecent designs against the liberty of ordinary American citizens.

  • Moishe Pupick

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Ever notice how ardent "gun control" supporters themselves have armed security details and/or concealed carry permits (e.g. Senator Feinstein and Senator Schumer). It's o.k. for THEM to have firearms but not so for the little people, a la George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM.
    "Some creatures are created more equally than others."

  • Drakken

    If this abomination passes, you will have armed conflict here in the US and the traitors that signed on to the UN resolution will have to have a very large security detail to protect them from the citizens wrath.

    • mike

      i dont plan on dieing I plan on getting God the father of Jesus back in Americaand dump California in the ocean.

  • Jimi Belton

    From my cold dead fingers

  • electedface

    Everybody should have the right to own a gun, but online gun sales are becoming an issue.

    According to the FBI, in 2011, more police officers died in the line of duty than at any time since the terrorist attacks of 9/11: 72 officers lost their lives at the hands of criminals, a 25% increase from the year before. With 85% of the firearms recovered in New York City having come here from other states, illegal firearms are a growing issue.


    • Wombat!

      On line sales are no different than in-store sales.
      Federal Firearm Licensed dealers AND sellers and provate sellers are required to ship to an FFL for a transfer and background check.
      The only time an FFL transfer is not required is when two citizens of the same state sell a firearm privately.
      The Obama administration, Hillary and Holder are all responsible for Gunrunner and therefore are felons.

    • roland

      i agree that certain people should never have a rifle or handgun, however you can't disarm every legal person who at their volition purchases and follows common sense rules of law. the 2ND Amendment provides the right of the individual to possess a firearm and it clearly was placed 2nd in the Amendments so that "you, the citizen can protect yourself and/or your family". criminals will always buy street guns from OTHER criminals. you have an absolute right to "SELF DEFENSE". If you use deadly force it's up to the Police and/or Courts to determine if it was "JUSTIFIED". p.s., this is NOT EUROPE and this Great Country is not a SOCIALIST RUN COUNTRY. If you want cradle to grave Government, move to RUSSIA.

  • UCSPanther

    Seeing at how the Arms treaty is headed by Iran, it is the same as having it headed by Nazi Germany around the time of WWII.

    This charade has gone on long enough.

  • NoGunControl

    I'm sure Obama and crew will tell us "We have to sign the Treaty in order to find out what is in it."

  • Ted G

    Obama and Hillary are traitors to their oaths of office.

    I support the penalty for treason.

    I openly call on congress to begin impeachment and prosecution proceedings against these traitors!

  • ReyRey

    But it is OK for this administration to give guns to the Cartels (Fast and Furious).

  • Btrdeadthanred

    Reply to Falcon, above: Harry Reid will not allow a vote and the treaty will default to binding status.

  • Ed Makan

    Interesting now this UN gun control meeting is occurring less than a week after the shooting in Colorado by James Holmes.
    Mr. Holmes from his photos and state of mind looks like another one of those CIA Manchurian Candidates or sleeper agents. We have seen these types in the past. Lone gunmen. On various anti-psychotics and anti-depressants. I wouldn't be surprised if Mr. Holmes has a RHIC-EDOM implant in his neck.
    Radio Hypnotic Intra-Cerebral Control & Electronic Dissolution of Memory
    James Holmes being a neuro science major reminds me of the old CIA program called MK-ULTRA(Mass Killings Using Lethal Tradecrafts Requiring Assassination).
    This brings back the memories of Dr. Jose DelGado and Donald Ewen Cameron.

    The question that has to be asked about the Colorado shooting? WHO BENEFITS?