Update: The treaty has been signed
Despite the protests of the gun lobby, the AP is reporting that Secretary Kerry has been directed to sign the Arms Trade Treaty on Wednesday. From there it will go to the Senate for consideration of ratification, where it requires a two-thirds vote.
It came within 6 votes of passage last time.
One thing that might be different this time is that President Obama has since granted himself tremendous powers as Chief Executive. Don’t be surprised if he implements parts of the treaty informally whether it’s signed or not.
The stated purpose of the treaty is to regulate the $70 billion international conventional arms business.
A State Department official said Kerry would sign the treaty on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York.
Anti-gun message from sculpture outside the UN
The treaty cedes some sovereignty to the UN, a worthless body of dictators and thugs. It will also be used to erode the Second Amendment.
It mandates that each member country establish a new civilian gun tracking program – a National registry. It is a way around the Second Amendment.
If Ted Cruz can be criticized for fighting the inevitable with his non-filibuster filibuster, why doesn’t Obama know that he doesn’t have the 67 votes to ratify this thing? Why aren’t the Republicans who railed against Cruz, also railing against Obama’s stupidity?
BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNFAMILIAR
Unelected bureaucrats in the UN voted to approve the Arms Trade Treaty in April. The goal of this treaty from the UN perspective is global disarmament. The only ones who will have guns will be dictators, criminals, and the elite under their scenario.
Fewer than one-third of the member nations voted to approve the Arms Trade Treaty today Tuesday. The treaty ties weapons exports, including conventional weapons, to possible human rights threats. It requires countries to keep conventional weapons from entering the black market.
The US voted for the treaty but it will have to be ratified by a 2/3rds majority of the Senate with 67 votes which they do not have.
With or without U.S. ratification, as soon as 50 countries approve the treaty it will become international law. Ninety countries have signed it but 50 have not ratified it as yet.
US arms dealers could be subject to lawsuits and harsh criticism. There will be the possible threats from the International Court. The treaty uses a “knowledge” standard which means the country must assess whether the weapons they sell will be used to commit human rights violations before it sells conventional arms.
Article 11 refers to “end users”—individual firearm owners. This article will increase pressure on the US to include small arms in their formal register, a clause that Barack Obama will take full advantage of. Nations call still sell arms unless there is an “overriding” risk of human rights violations, which will be taken advantage of by terrorist nations.
Our government and the media are portraying us as the largest arms dealers and they are insinuating we are the largest illicit arms dealers which is NOT the case.
One loophole in the treaty allows nations to ignore the treaty if they have a defense agreement with another nation. The countries who should follow the treaty have an easy-out.
Iran, Syria, North Korea voted against it. Major arms producers China and Russia joined Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua and other countries in abstaining We can expect these countries to not abide by the treaty.
If nothing else, this treaty will cost money as the UN tries to regulate the world arms trade.
The treaty states that there is a need to reduce sale of arms to terrorists but defines terrorist as anyone who rebels against a dictatorship!