PHOENIX, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- The lamestream media told you:
Part I: The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty has collapsed in complete failure. (That was back in June 2012; that was a complete lie, a perfectly good draft treaty had been written and was a good first step, as these things go). You can read it in plain English: http://www.gunlaws.com/
Part II: The final negotiating conference on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty has failed to produce a Treaty Text that achieved consensus approval, to report to the U.N. General Assembly. It sounds like the wonderful effort by the glorious U.N. for an international ban on horrible guns has ended in failure.
The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that: Here’s what really happened. In an effort to get unanimous support, called “consensus approval,” the U.N. negotiating conference voted on an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) draft and got three “no” votes — from the worst human-rights violators known to man — Iran, Syria, and North Korea. They wanted to be free of the U.N.’s proposed controls, which is a good thing in a bizarre sort of way, but it won’t stop the U.N.
That vote just kicked the whole thing up to a vote of the General Assembly members, for a less prestigious, but easier-to-get approval of the “Resolution” which has the same language. On April 3, 2013 they got 154 yeas, 3 nays (the same ones) and 23 abstentions. The U.S. voted “yes” (but that doesn’t mean we adopted it). Russia and communist China were among the abstentions.
This puts the draft in play, and instructs the Secretary General to open it up for signatures.
When 50 nations sign it — and get it ratified by their governments — and deposit that ratification with the U.N., the treaty enters into effect, 90 days later. That vote opened on June 3 2013. It is expected to pass. Our president is expected to sign it, which is an action taken solely by the Executive Branch, and is only for show.
Sorta. The media and the antis will treat like an act of Greatness.
For it to become law here though, it would need ratification by 2/3 of the Senate (normally 67 out of 100 votes), and that is highly improbable. Now. But it will hang over our heads literally forever. Procedural trickery could possibly achieve “two-thirds ratification” with fewer than 67 votes, but that’s another story.
You will see a flood of stories from the “news” soon assuring you the ATT has little affect on the Second Amendment. That’s simply false. I’m also predicting a new narrative that bombards us with a sense that we are “out of compliance with the international community,” and that our gun laws are “anachronistic,” (old fashioned), no longer appropriate, that the world is sneering at us, that we should get with the program, and even that this should be the law even without it being the law, and we should obey.
The “news” media is becoming one of the greatest impediments to freedom by campaigning for an agenda instead of reporting what is.
“Small arms” are right there in the treaty language. Signatories are required to create “national control lists” of all arms and ammunition imports and exports, and since this includes parts and even metals used, it’s a very broad brush. Fine imported guns could be severely affected (can you say Glock?) Make, model and end users are covered, the U.N. is supposed to get copies of the lists, and the U.N. is supposed to give copies to every other participating nation, who are encouraged to make the lists public. “Improvements” are supposed to be made by amendment after six years.
Will this affect the tyrants, dictators, mass murderers, human-rights abusers, genocidal maniacs, people who want to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth and others who it is ostensibly aimed at? An extensive analysis in the Penn State Law Review by Kopel, Gallant and Eisen (Vol. 114, No. 3) concludes that the ATT “would have no more effective force than the arms embargoes that are already imposed by the U.N. Security Council… accordingly, the ATT is a distraction.”
The authors point out that, “Control Arms, the leading international gun prohibition lobby, forthrightly acknowledges that, every one of the 13 United Nations arms embargoes imposed in the last decade has been systematically violated.”
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