By Doug Book, editor
While signing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in September of last year, Secretary of State John Kerry made statements worthy of his corrupt past and of the venal, power hungry nature of his boss in the White House.
Kerry’s first claim: “I want to be clear both about what this treaty is, but I also want to be clear about what it isn’t. This is about keeping weapons out of the hands of terrorists and rogue actors…”
The second Kerry second claim: “I also want to be clear about what this treaty is not about. This treaty will not diminish anyone’s freedom. In fact, the treaty recognizes the freedom of both individuals and states to obtain, possess, and use arms for legitimate purposes…”
The Secretary then manages this statement while keeping a straight face: “Make no mistake, we would never think about supporting a treaty that is inconsistent with the rights of Americans, the rights of American citizens, to be able to exercise their guaranteed rights under our constitution…”
In his first claim, Secretary Kerry provides no portrait of the “terrorists and rogue actors” the Arms Trade Treaty will work to disarm. Some years ago, then Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano defined likely terrorists as Americans who own guns, support the 2nd Amendment, celebrate the Constitution, contribute to conservative candidates or parties and are pro-life. These clearly “perverse” individuals earned the title of “domestic” terrorist from an Administration which has labored hard to discredit and disarm them. Of course no one believes these law abiding citizens to be “rogue actors” but Obama and friends.
As to Secretary Kerry’s next claim, it’s comforting to know that the ATT “will not diminish anyone’s freedom” as long as firearms are obtained, possessed and used for “legitimate purposes.” Unfortunately it’s a safe bet that legitimacy will be defined by the Obama Administration or the equally anti-gun United Nations.
Shortly after the Newtown murders, legislators in Connecticut and New York decided that some 1.5 million owners of so-called “assault weapons” were apparently not using their firearms for “legitimate purposes.” But when politicians demanded these weapons be registered or turned over to the state, an estimated 80% of owners refused to do so, while large numbers of law enforcement officers refused to enforce the knee-jerk legislation.
But gun owners won’t have such an easy time flouting the ATT when its terms make criminals of them. For unlike the New York and Connecticut statutes, the Treaty states “If a United Nations member state cannot get rid of privately owned, small arms legislatively…any guns or ammo not willingly surrendered to the UN will be tracked, seized and destroyed by UN peacekeeping forces.”
That’s right—armed, UN forces will tour the United States for the purpose of confiscating firearms from recalcitrant gun owners. What could possibly go wrong, unless Americans start laughing out loud at those intimidating sky blue helmets.
Finally, we have Secretary Kerry’s solemn promise that the Obama Regime “would never think about supporting a treaty that is inconsistent with the rights of Americans;” rights, that is, which are “guaranteed under our Constitution.” This is such obvious nonsense coming from an Obama mouthpiece there’s no point in discussing it.
The Obama Follies have no business occupying Coach is Right on Christmas. On December 26th we’ll decide whether the terms of a treaty—any treaty—may preempt the language of the Constitution or the laws which are derived from it. Last year, Attorney General Eric Holder filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court claiming terms of the ATT should take precedence over rights codified in the Constitution. In similar cases, the Court has ruled each time in favor of the Constitution.
Two hundred years ago Thomas Jefferson wrote: “I say the same as to the opinion of those who consider the grant of treaty-making power to be boundless. If it is, then we have no Constitution.”
The better question might be whether Obama will obey the ruling should it come down against him!
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