The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday passed the long-anticipated Arms Trade Treaty with the support of the Obama Administration.
While the U.S. Senate has indicated reluctance to pass such a treaty, the Obama Administration backed the final draft, which passed on a vote of 155 to 3, with 22 abstentions.
The treaty regulates export of tanks, attack helicopters and other combat vehicles and aircraft, as well as parts and ammunition for them. Signatories are also required to uphold arms embargoes, treaties on trafficking, and forbidden to sell weaponry to countries for genocide, crimes against humanity or other war crimes. Iran, Syria and North Korea provided the three no votes.
The problem, critics have said, is that the treaty is full of loopholes that may effectively override the Second Amendment.
Its list of banned weapons includes “small arms and light weapons.” U.N. officials have said the treaty only regulates international trade and wouldn’t affect U.S. laws.
Enough Second Amendment supporters are worried that the Senate passed a non-binding amendment last month opposing the treaty. It was supported by all Republican senators and eight Democrats.
Republican Sen. Jerry Moran pointed out that if the Senate were to ratify the U.N. treaty, it would hamper the U.S. and other law-abiding countries while Iran, Syria, North Korea and other non-signatories would simply ignore the treaty’s rules.
“The U.S. Senate is united in strong opposition to a treaty that puts us on level ground with dictatorships who abuse human rights and arm terrorists, but there is real concern that the Administration feels pressured to sign a treaty that violates our Constitutional rights,” Moran said.
Sen. James Inhofe said, “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. Furthermore, this treaty could also disrupt diplomatic and national security efforts by preventing our government from assisting allies like Taiwan, South Korea or Israel when they require assistance.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney made it clear that the Obama Administration was fully behind the treaty. “We are pleased to join with the consensus,” Carney said.
As usual, the Obama Administration is willing to risk throwing away Americans’ constitutional rights to further the leftist agenda, with encouragement from Amnesty International, the American Bar Association and other groups that have put pressure on the White House.
In light of the recent push by the White House and other Democrats to put severe limits on firearms and ammo, it’s clear that such a treaty fits in well with the Left’s agenda to disarm the public and give government uncontested power.
Assurances aside, if there’s any way the treaty might be used to bypass the Constitution, you can be sure that it will be.