UN approves arms trade treaty
It's become a bugaboo for many gun rights activists, which means it will have trouble getting Senate approval. And I see the slippery slope that the UN arms trade treaty represents - that future treaties might be aimed at domestic arms traders - but what are the chances that UN blue helmets - or US police or the military - will come traipsing into our homes to take our guns, or that the government will establish a gun registry?
Sorry, but I don't see what all the hub-bub is about. The treaty targets arms exports, not our domestic Second Amendment rights. And whatever miniscule chance that the treaty would be enforced in that fashion has to be weighed against the good it might do in countries where the illegal arms trade is costing thousands of lives.
"The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty that passed in the General Assembly today would require the United States to implement gun-control legislation as required by the treaty, which could supersede the laws our elected officials have already put into place," said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who sponsored the budget amendment.
"It's time the Obama administration recognizes it is already a non-starter, and Americans will not stand for internationalists limiting and infringing upon their Constitutional rights."
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, warned Obama not to sign it.
"If you sign it, and if the U.S. Senate ratifies the treaty, Texas will lead the charge to have the treaty overturned in court as a violation of the U.S. Constitution," Abbott wrote to the president.
As long as the NRA is pushing this specious interpretation of the treaty, it doesn't have a ghost of a chance of passage.