Missouri Congressman Exposes Dangers of UN Arms Treaty

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
12/20/2013
       

In an op-ed, Representative Jason Smith (R-Mo.) explains how the UN Arms Trade Treaty infringes upon the right to keep and bear arms.

With every new report of a madman opening fire on innocent people, President Obama takes advantage of the tragedy to redouble his efforts to disarm the civilian population of the United States.

One of his chief weapons in the war against the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms that it protects is the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The New American has covered the creation of the ATT since the time of its proposal.

For now, there are a few courageous federal lawmakers willing to openly oppose the Obama administration’s assault on firearms.

The latest member of Congress to come out against the globalist’s gun grab is Representative Jason Smith (R-Mo., shown in photo). In an op-ed published by the Democrat News (Park Hills, Missouri), Smith identifies the ATT for what it is: a direct threat to the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

Smith writes:

When I was sworn into office to represent Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District in the House of Representatives, I took an oath to uphold the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. The federal government should not compromise the ability of decent Americans to own a gun for protection or sport. Recently, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty on behalf of the Obama Administration. The treaty clearly violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

True to his word, Smith has joined a coalition of 180 members of Congress in sending a letter to President Obama expressing their opposition to the implementation of the provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty.

Later in the article, Smith explains the meaning of the letter’s message:

This letter makes it absolutely clear to President Obama and his administration that the House of Representatives will not support legislation to give this dangerous treaty the legs it needs to take effect. I will also oppose any efforts by the Obama Administration to implement or enforce the Arms Trade Treaty through executive action. The liberty of the American people and the independence of the United States are far too sacred to ever be sacrificed to a dysfunctional global institution like the United Nations.

The letter signed by Smith and his co-authors was penned by his colleague Representative Mike Kelly (R-Penn.).

Click here to read the entire article.

Photo of Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.): AP Images

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