Why the U.N. Small Arms Treaty Violates the Constitution


KrisAnne Hall

KrisAnne Hall is a Constitutional lawyer:

The UN Arms Trade Treaty should alarm any liberty-loving citizen.  Every UN treaty requires the participating country to turn over its sovereignty regarding that particular issue.  An agreement with the UN removes the autonomy of the nation and the independence of the people to make their own laws free of UN control and dictate.   The UN Arms Trade Treaty is no exception.  It is meant to regulate the sale and possession of small arms, both within and without the nation. Patrick Henry gave this clear warning in his day,

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.  O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone…Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation…inflicted by those who had no power at all.”

We should guard with jealous attention and be very suspicious of this present attempt to remove our public liberty.

The first problem with the treaty is that it uses some incredibly awkward wording, and the meaning of sentences can be very difficult to understand because the structure is so bad. It is as if someone who holds English as a third or fourth language wrote the English version, but I digress. I want to highlight just SOME of the problems with this treaty, and there are many.

The very first provision in the preamble should be enough to make Americans abandon the entire treaty.

The States Parties to this Treaty,

  1. 1.Guided by the Purposes and Principles of the Charter of the United Nations;

This might not cause alarm to the average person who has never read the UN Charter.  But those who have will understand that we are already on shaky ground.  It is simply not possible for the UN charter and the US Constitution to co-exist without one being abrogated to the other. Consider just the preamble to the UN Charter...Keep reading…


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