Second Amendment activists have been warning about the United Nations Small Arms treaty for years, but now they won’t have to worry about it because President Donald Trump announced that the U.S.A. is pulling out of the disastrous treaty.
The treaty would have been a major danger to our right to bear arms, activists of the Second Amendment say.
But, during his address to the NRA convention in Indianapolis on Friday, Trump put their minds at ease.
“Under my administration we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone, we will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedom and that is why my administration will never ratify the U.N. trade treaty,” Trump said, according to Fox News.
“I am officially announcing today that the United States will be revoking the effect of America’s signature from this badly misguided treaty, we’re taking our signature back,” Trump added.
“By taking these actions, we are reaffirming that American liberty is sacred and that American citizens live by American laws not by laws of foreign countries,” Trump said.
The Heritage Foundation has been a staunch opponent of the treaty saying it “is not in the interest of the United States. Over time, it will constrain the U.S. while having no effect on arms exporters such as China.”
The conservative group has advised the Trump administration to dump the treaty since he was elected.
Naturally, it was President Barack Obama who signed the un-American treaty back in 2013. Obama sent the treaty to the Senate for approval, but the upper chamber has never ratified it. Trump says he has now asked the Senate to pull the treaty from consideration.
The treaty was meant to end trade in many areas of arms, but it also put an end to sales of arms between nations meaning many Americans would no longer have access to arms and ammunition to allow them to observe their Second Amendment rights.
A spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres was obviously unhappy about the president’s announcement.
“It is a landmark achievement in the efforts to ensure responsibility in international arms transfers,” the U.N. spokesperson said. “This is particularly important in present times, when we witness growing international tensions and renewed interest in expanding and modernizing arsenals.”
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