50 Senators Warn Obama: We Will Not Ratify UN Arms Treaty

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
10/24/2013
       
50 Senators Warn Obama: We Will Not Ratify UN Arms Treaty

In a letter addressed to President Obama, a bipartisan group of 50 senators informed the president they will not ratify the UN's Arms Trade Treaty.

Fifty senators are standing together to protect the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

In a letter addressed to President Barack Obama, the senators enumerated six reasons the president should refuse to present the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to the Senate for ratification. Among the objections raised by the senatorial signatories is the ambiguity of the treaty, as well as the grant to “foreign sources of authority” the power to “impose judgment or control on the U.S.”

For many months now, Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) has been the driving force behind the legislature’s opposition to the Arms Trade Treaty. In a statement accompanying the letter, Moran attacked the president’s plan to subvert the bipartisan will of the Congress.

"The Administration’s recent signing of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty was a direct dismissal of the bipartisan Senate majority that rejects this treaty," Sen. Moran said. 

"Throughout this process," he continued, "it has been disturbing to watch the Administration reverse U.S. policies, abandon its own ‘red line’ negotiation principles, admit publicly the treaty’s dangerous ambiguity, and hastily review the final treaty text. Today I join my colleagues in upholding the fundamental individual rights of Americans by reiterating our rejection of the ATT. The Senate will overwhelmingly oppose ratification, and will not be bound by the treaty."

Speaking at a meeting with gun-rights groups in Texas, one of the other signers of the letter opposing the ATT set forth the reasons he joined Moran and 48 more of his colleagues in contacting President Obama.

“What we learned today is that a number of manufacturers of very popular shotguns and other firearms would simply refuse to sell their product in the United States and that would deny consumers in Texas and this country the opportunity to buy those and use them for self-defense or for sporting purposes,” said Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), as reported by local media.

Cornyn warned of the potential threat to core principles of liberty posed by the UN’s gun grab: “A treaty is an international obligation that trumps the domestic laws of a country. So that’s the real threat here, is obviously the Constitution is the fundamental law of America and of our land, but if for some reason this treaty should be signed and then ratified by 67 senators, then it trumps American law.”

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