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- 07-28-2012, 01:15 PM #1
U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Defeated !
NRA Stops U.N. Arms Trade Treaty
U.N. ATT Conference Comes to an Impasse
The Conference on the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (U.N. ATT) has broken down and will not report a draft treaty to the member nations.
This is a big victory for American gun owners, and the NRA is being widely credited for killing the U.N. ATT.
For nearly 20 years, the NRA has worked tirelessly to warn American gun owners about the United Nations’ efforts to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners by putting in place international controls on small arms.
NRA became a recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and has monitored all U.N. activities that could impact on our Second Amendment rights. As a result, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre testified before the U.N. (2012 remarks, 2011 remarks) making it clear that the NRA would fight any international treaty that included civilian arms.
NRA worked with our allies in the U.S. Congress and successfully assembled strong bipartisan opposition to any treaty that adversely impacts the Second Amendment. On two occasions NRA was successful in convincing a majority of the U.S. Senate to sign letters to President Obama that made it clear that any treaty that included civilian arms was not going to be ratified by the U.S. Senate.
Yesterday (July 26), Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) gathered the signatures of 51 Senators on a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton opposing any treaty that infringes on our rights. The letter stated "As the treaty process continues, we strongly encourage your administration not only to uphold our country's constitutional protections of civilian firearms ownership, but to ensure--if necessary, by breaking consensus at the July conference--that the treaty will explicitly recognize the legitimacy of lawful activities associated with firearms, including but not limited to the right of self-defense. As members of the United States Senate, we will oppose the ratification of any Arms Trade Treaty that falls short of this standard."
NRA members made their voices heard on this issue as well, calling their elected representatives and urging their opposition to the treaty. As a result, 130 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have voiced strong opposition to the treaty.
During the past week, it became increasingly possible that the Conference would fail to come to an agreement on draft language. On Thursday, the Conference President produced yet another draft of the ATT in an effort to salvage the process. The new draft, like previous ones, was wholly incompatible with the Second Amendment rights protected by our Constitution.
The proponents of the treaty have goals that are clearly at odds with the American Constitution. Their refusal to remove civilian arms from the treaty was one major issue that led to the breakdown in negotiations. The U.S. delegation made it clear that they could not move forward with the language as it had been drafted.
While this conference has failed to complete a treaty, the proponents will not give up. It is likely that a new conference will be held in the future and NRA will continue to fight to protect the rights of American gun owners.
NRA maintains its steadfast opposition to any treaty that includes civilian arms in any way. NRA will continue to work with our allies, particularly in the U.S. Senate, to insure that the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is not threatened by this or any future international treaty.
NRA-ILA | NRA Stops U.N. Arms Trade Treaty...I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid...
William Barret Travis
Letter From The Alamo Feb 24, 1836
- 07-28-2012, 02:58 PM #2While this conference has failed to complete a treaty, the proponents will not give up.The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato
- 07-28-2012, 03:05 PM #3The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato
- 07-28-2012, 04:20 PM #4
Obama and his worker bees will try to sneak this through attached to another bill. Stay diligent."A Nation of sheep will beget a government of Wolves" -Edward R. Murrow
- 07-28-2012, 05:10 PM #5
I am pleased to find my Rep. Renee Ellmers and Sen. Richard Burr signed the letters... and as expected Kay Hagan DID NOT. She toes Obozo's line strictly. I hope to see her go down in flames come re-election time!
- 07-28-2012, 07:41 PM #6
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- 07-29-2012, 09:01 AM #7
No doubt, this will rear its ugly head again after the elections, when it's "safe" for politicians to support it. We must remain vigilant!!!...cannot we find an American capable and worthy of the trust? ...Why should we take the bread out of the mouths of our own children and give it to strangers?" John Adams
- 07-29-2012, 11:27 AM #8
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I have'nt owned a gun in over 45 years, but I've always said that I would always defend your right to own guns. Ironic, in this day and time I fel a huge need to own guns for self protection from aliens and future government(s).
- 07-29-2012, 11:30 AM #9
Yes Obama backed off but he will be back at it full force if he is allowed to stay in office.It is part of the socialist agenda he is going to try to shove through so there is no way it is going away."The people are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our Liberty"
- 07-29-2012, 04:58 PM #10
Last edited by SicNTiredInSoCal; 07-29-2012 at 04:59 PM. Reason: Spelled the jackass's name wrong.It's immoral to vote for any candidate who is not going to uphold the fundamental tenets of our Constitution ~ Chuck Baldwin