President Obama has about one month left in office and he’s throwing lots of pooh against the wall to see if he can get something to stick. The latest handful of smelly excrement? America’s Greatest Gun Salesman ever (even CNN agrees) has sent the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to the U.S. Senate for one final (desperate) effort at securing its ratification. Of course, the incoming administration will flush it down the commode for good if Obama fails.
The UN’s ATT includes, per the NRA:
Notably, the ATT includes “small arms and light weapons” within its scope, which covers firearms owned by law-abiding citizens. Further, the treaty urges recordkeeping of end users, directing importing countries to provide information to an exporting country regarding arms transfers, including “end use or end user documentation” for a “minimum of ten years.” Each country is to “take measures, pursuant to its national laws, to regulate brokering taking place under its jurisdiction for conventional arms.” Data kept on the end users of imported firearms is a de-facto registry of law-abiding firearms owners, which is a violation of federal law. Even worse, the ATT could be construed to require such a registry to be made available to foreign governments.
The “courageous” medal tossing Democrat Secretary of State John Kerry signed the abomination on September 25, 2013 but its ratification has been held up as Democrats could only muster 46 votes for passage the last time someone counted.
Its passage looks doubtful this time as well, but it’s something we all should watch and if necessary, start making calls to our respective State Senators if it looks as though it might come up for a vote.
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) released a statement on Obama’s new attempt at ratification, saying:
Since 2012, many senators, including myself, have expressed opposition to the small arms treaty, citing an array of concerns with Second Amendment rights. Nothing has changed over the last four years to suggest the treaty is in our national interest, and it will remain dead in the water. I reiterate my strong opposition and will work with my colleagues to protect the rights of Americans.