United Nations Arms Trade Treaty: Your Guns, Their Target: The UN Arms Trade Treaty Backed by the Obama Administration Grants to the UN the Powers to Both Control and Eliminate the Possession of Guns in the United States

By Wolverton, Joe, II | The New American, May 6, 2013 | Go to article overview

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty: Your Guns, Their Target: The UN Arms Trade Treaty Backed by the Obama Administration Grants to the UN the Powers to Both Control and Eliminate the Possession of Guns in the United States


Wolverton, Joe, II, The New American


Paul Clarke looked outside and noticed a black trash bag in his backyard. He knew he didn't leave the bag out there, so he went outside to investigate. When Clarke picked up the plastic bag he found a 20-gauge double-barreled shotgun tucked inside.

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Not knowing where the gun came from. Clarke, a former soldier, dutifully took the found firearm to the local police station four days later to turn it in to the authorities.

Believing he was complying with his legal obligations, imagine Clarke's surprise when officers at the police station arrested, charged, booked, and jailed him for unlawful possession of a weapon.

At his trial, Judge Christopher Critchlow informed Clarke that while his was admittedly a "highly unusual" case, the fact that Clarke didn't intend to possess the gun was irrelevant, and he sentenced Clarke to a one-year suspended sentence.

Critchlow explained that while the situation was "unique." Clarke had to be punished because shotguns are used by "serious violent criminals to commit very serious crimes;" adding that "it must be appreciated that it is vital that these weapons are taken out of circulation immediately [when] they are found. Otherwise, there is a risk a serious offense might be committed using such a weapon."

These strange events happened in 2009 in the United Kingdom, but since the approval of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on April 2, similar scenes could be witnessed in cities and towns across the United States.

By a vote of 154-3 (with 23 abstentions) the UN General Assembly adopted the treaty, overcoming several unsuccessful attempts (including in March 2013) to adopt the global gun control agreement by consensus.

The United States cast its vote for the treaty. But the U.S. decision to sign on was made before the General Assembly ever convened to consider it.

While on assignment for THE NEW AMERICAN to cover the treaty deliberations at UN headquarters from March 18-28, this reporter was informed by members of the U.S. delegation that the United States was prepared to vote in favor of adopting the international gun control regulations by consensus. But that opportunity was denied when Iran, Syria. and North Korea joined in opposing passage of the treaty at the conference.

In fact, the failure of the conference to adopt the treaty and its subsequent transfer to the General Assembly serves the dual purpose of getting the treaty approved and. portraying the General Assembly as the de facto (and perhaps soon-to-be de jure) legislative body for the world.

Participating in that act alone (voting for passage of the treaty at the General Assembly) is a constitutional violation on the part of the Obama administration, as Article I of the Constitution grants Congress "all legislative power." No branch of the federal government has the right to cede that authority to any other body--especially one composed of international bureaucrats of whom none is elected by or accountable to the people of the United States.

Regardless, the Obama administration praised the passage of the Arms Trade Treaty and is determined to see it enforced in the United States.

The United Nations approved "a strong, effective and implementable Arms Trade Treaty that can strengthen global security while protecting the sovereign right of states to conduct legitimate arms trade," said Secretary of State John Kerry in a statement. "Nothing in this treaty could ever infringe on the rights of American citizens under our domestic law or the Constitution, including the Second Amendment," he added.

The Essence of the Law

That is little comfort to observers familiar with the terms of the treaty that most certainly infringe on the right of Americans to keep and bear arms, as protected by the Second Amendment.

This treaty disregards the Second Amendment to our Constitution and threatens individual firearm ownership," declared Chris Cox, head of the NRA's legislative lobbying arm. …

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