Lamar Alexander: UN Arms Trade Treaty Violates Second Amendment

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
10/25/2013
       
Lamar Alexander: UN Arms Trade Treaty Violates Second Amendment

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) issued a statement declaring that the UN Arms Trade Treaty violates the Second Amendment.

There are few acts of government that contribute more to the rapid subjugation of its citizens than disarmament. Fortunately, resistance to the United Nations’ plan to do just that is growing.

Earlier this week, The New American reported on a letter to President Obama penned by a bipartisan coalition of 50 senators informing the president that the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty was dead on arrival in the Senate.

On Thursday, one of the signatories of that letter, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), (shown in photo) said that the international gun grab “violates the Second Amendment rights of Tennesseans and all Americans.”

“I am opposed to any United Nations action that undermines our Second Amendment and threatens our country’s sovereignty, and the Arms Trade Treaty that the Obama administration is considering does both,” Alexander said in a statement published on his website. 

“The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty violates the Second Amendment rights of Tennesseans and all Americans by failing to protect the lawful ownership and use of firearms. Agreeing to the treaty would also threaten our nation’s sovereignty, as well as the U.S. Senate’s constitutional role of advice and consent by allowing the U.N. to amend the treaty in the future.”

Alexander’s appraisal of the agreement is accurate. The treaty, signed in September on behalf of President Obama and the United States by Secretary of State John Kerry, contains provisions that would subject U.S. sovereignty to the United Nations and would substantially infringe on the right to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment.

First, the Arms Trade Treaty grants a monopoly over all weaponry in the hands of the very entity (approved regimes) responsible for over 300 million murders in the 20th century. 

Furthermore, the treaty leaves private citizens powerless to oppose future slaughters. 

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