UN Gun Control Treaty Signing Period Opens; U.S. "Looks Forward" to Signing

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
06/05/2013
       
UN Gun Control Treaty Signing Period Opens; U.S. "Looks Forward" to Signing

On Monday, the United Nations opened the Arms Trade Treaty to the signatures of member states. The Obama administration looks forward to signing, as well.

On Monday, June 3, 67 countries signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. It’s been just two months since representatives of the United States of America joined the delegations of 153 other nations in voting to approve the treaty at the General Assembly.

By a vote of 154-3 (with 23 abstentions), the UN governing body adopted the treaty, overcoming an earlier failure to adopt the global gun control agreement by consensus during the conference attended by this reporter.

The United States of America was noticeably absent, however, from the line-up of countries that formally signed the treaty on Monday.

Considering the events of Monday as a landmark moment on the road to global “peace and security,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the delegations who showed up at UN headquarters to sign the treaty. “I commend all of you on achieving this great step forward in strengthening the rule of law in the field of disarmament,” said Moon. “From now on,” he added, “weapons and ammunition should only cross borders after the exporter confirms that the transfer complies with internationally agreed standards.”

UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane echoed the secretary general’s sentiments in her own statement. “It [the Arms Trade Treaty] requires States to regulate arms brokering and to assess the risk that exports of arms and ammunition would be used in the commission of grave violations of international humanitarian law or human rights law,” Kane explained. “And it encourages international cooperation and assistance in order to ensure that all States Parties will have the information and the capacity to implement the Treaty.”

Despite the globalists’ glee, thankfully there yet remain U.S. federal lawmakers determined to prevent the UN from infringing upon the right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment.

Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued a statement on May 30 regarding a bipartisan letter he authored and submitted to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry petitioning the administration not to sign the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

The letter is signed by a total of 130 members of Congress — including Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) — and declares all of the signatories’ opposition to “both the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty and any effort to treat it as internationally or domestically binding upon the United States.”

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