Should The UN Affect Our Second Amendment?

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Am I crazy because I do not want gun laws to abolish the Second Amendment? Am I crazy for not believing the UN has our best interests at heart? The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are what make the U.S.A. the special country that it is. Those documents give us the freedoms we enjoy today and they were the very freedoms our military have fought for over the centuries. Is any one of these freedoms dispensable? Is the Second Amendment dispensable?  We might have to give up the Second if our Senate signs the UN Small Arms Treaty.

Larry Bell offers an interesting op-ed piece; interesting in that I have been writing about this for some time.  Read here: Aimed at Gun Confiscation

In his article, Mr. Bell expresses concerns about the effect the UN Small Arms Treaty will have on our Second Amendment.
To quote him:-

The treaty will:-

  • Enact tougher licensing requirements, creating additional bureaucratic red tape for legal firearms ownership.
  • Confiscate and destroy all “unauthorized” civilian firearms (exempting those owned by our government of course).
  • Ban the trade, sale and private ownership of all semi-automatic weapons
  • Create an international gun registry, clearly setting the stage for full-scale gun confiscation.

In short, overriding our national sovereignty, and in the process, providing license for the federal government to assert preemptive powers over state regulatory powers guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment in addition to our Second Amendment rights. Read here: Bye Bye Second Amendment

On the site, thetruthaboutguns.com, Robert Farago complains about the vilification of the UN and states that this treaty is military sales of fire arms period. He indicates that the gun associations are ushering in “tin-foil hat” time. My observation is that Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and numerous others in the highest levels of office have stated their serious opposition to any semi-automatic handgun, which eliminates most guns. I do not know why the UN would be anything but vilified, given the fact that they do things such as put Iran on Women’s Rights councils and want  Israel tried for war crimes. The UN does NOT have our best interests at heart – check their record in working with and for us.

What about the current climate of over-criminalizing gun owners? Basically, the second amendment is already gone in some areas of the country. I am not making an argument for no gun control – just for the Second Amendment. In NYC, it is illegal to have a gun unless you are law enforcement. Rapper, Ja Rule, was sentenced to two years in jail this week, merely for having a loaded gun in NYC. Two years in jail is what some murderers get in NYC.  And what about Plaxico Burris who served 20 months for literally shooting himself in the foot. Read here: The Over-Criminalization of Guns? and here: Plaxico and 20 months in jail What really galls me is how Charles Schumer, major anti-gun proponent, attempted to join the Peconic Gun Association so he could shoot his gun with the other shooters. He was rejected.

An article by The Future of Freedom Foundation deals with the statistics which are used by both side of the argument to prove their point. You decide where you stand, but don’t forget we are talking about freedoms our Founding Fathers fought for. Read here: Crimes & Guns

The NRA has the following statement on their site (Hillary is mentioned because she is a strong believer in this treaty):-

Hillary Clinton And The UN Arms Trade Treaty Rumor
Friday, May 28, 2010
We continue to receive numerous inquiries regarding UN international treaties, and their impact on our Second Amendment rights.  The latest rumor making its way around the Internet claims that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton actually signed a UN small arms treaty. 

Contrary to this widely circulated e-mail, Hillary Clinton has not signed any small arms treaty.  She could not have done so, in fact, because no such treaty has yet been negotiated.

As we noted in an update from last November, the UN Arms Trade Treaty will be drafted between now and 2012, and even if signed, would not take effect in the U.S. until it was ratified by the Senate.

Please rest assured that, as we said in November, NRA will be actively involved in this process and will oppose any treaty that would attempt to impose limits on our Second Amendment rights.  In the meantime, we urge gun owners to follow this issue in NRA’s magazines and NRA-ILA’s Grassroots Alerts.  We also urge gun owners not to circulate misinformation on this issue.

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