UN Arms Trade Treaty Targeting US Gun Owners Becomes a Farce

By Attorney Marc Harrold

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New York, NY –-(Ammoland.com)- The UN talks on the Arms Trade Treaty have effectively become a farce since Iran (who has violated UN sanctions by selling arms to Syria) was given a prominent role in the talks.

Iran will apparently have a pivotal role in creating a treaty that no sane person believes they will actually adhere to.

Beyond these specific Arms Trade Treaty negotiations, this shows how out of touch the UN is and why Americans should demand that we no longer pay any more than our equal percentage in operating it; and should seriously consider that it is another countries turn to house it and endure many of the indirect costs of having the UN physically located on its soil.

As to the treaty itself, the Obama Administration reversed the policy of the Bush Administration to take part in the talks. Gun owners should monitor these talks, and the eventual treaty that results, carefully because of the potential for it to establish a paternalistic international framework of arms trade that has the eventual impact of diminishing the individual rights of American gun owners under the Second Amendment.

As the final language of the ATT is not yet complete, it is impossible to scrutinize the treaty and attempt to determine its long-term effect. What is most troubling, and should alarm US gun owners, (and non-gun-owners who respect the Constitution) is the potential for a paternalistic international framework to emerge that will, over time, increase regulations that could potentially impact, directly or indirectly, the rights of Americans to keep and bare arms.

It is likely that the impact of such a treaty on the average American gun owner will be indirect and, thus, somewhat hard to detect. While this may lead some to believe that the actual impact will be minimal, it is actually more troubling than if any impact on Second Amendment right was easily evident from the language of the treaty. As the eventual effect may not be easily apparent, or may be seemingly minimal, it is a sort of “creeping,” yet-to-be-seen long-term impact that creates the greatest potential for the peril that international treaty-obligations could effectively trump the Constitutional rights of Americans.

Given that any conflict between American treaty obligation and Constitutional rights could potentially (and this is somewhat unchartered territory) be addressed by the judiciary, most notably the US Supreme Court, this becomes particularly hazardous given the recent tendency of certain US Supreme Court Justices to look to international law to interpret domestic law. Gazing to the hazy horizon of international law to measure any conflict between an international treaty and (what should be but is apparently not) the clear dictate of the Bill of Rights to limit the reach of the federal government in matters involving the individual right to bear arms is the type of double-whammy that can come about when not only the current Administration, but possibly the international community, view gun rights through a paternalistic prism tainted by the belief that only governments, and never people themselves, should have the sovereignty to protect themselves.

Attorney Marc Harrold
Attorney Marc Harrold

There is a very good possibility that this treaty, regardless of its final form, will never be ratified by 2/3 of the United States Senate thus becoming law of the land in the US. Whether or not the US eventually ratifies the treaty, we must be diligent in monitoring these negotiations as such a treaty could set forth a framework of international trade regulation that eventually impact the rights of American gun owners.

Marc Harrold (www.marcharrold.com)is an attorney, Former Police Officer, & author of the critically-acclaimed book “Observations of White No is e…an ‘Acid Test' for the First Amendment. He is a regular on CNN HLN, TruTV, and radio everywhere.

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    1. Reasons why governments (US or UN)
      have no authority to seize GUNS (property) from citizens

      Deaths from guns
      There were 52,447 deliberate and 23,237 accidental non-fatal gunshot injuries in the
      United States during 2000.[4] The majority of gun-related deaths in the United States are suicides,[5] with 17,352 (55.6%) of the total 31,224 firearm-related deaths in 2007 due to suicide, while 12,632 (40.5%) were homicide deaths.[6]
      * Bjerregaard, Beth, Alan J. Lizottekeegans awesome (1995). “Gun Ownership and Gang Membership”. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (1973-), Vol. 86, No.
      The JOURNAL of the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000 article written by Dr Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, shows that medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States.
      The report apparently shows there are 2,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery; 7000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals; 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals; 80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals; 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medications – these total up to 225,000 deaths per year in the US from iatrogenic causes which ranks these deaths as the # 3 killer. Iatrogenic is a term used when a patient dies as a direct result of treatments by a physician, whether it is from misdiagnosis of the ailment or from adverse drug reactions used to treat the illness. (drug reactions are the most common cause).

      Automobile Deaths
      2010 Detailed Statistics
      The following table summarizes the number of people killed and injured in fatal accidents by month in 2010. The table does not include injuries resulting from accidents in which no fatalities occurred.[2]
      Motor vehicle crashes in the United States result in more than 40,000 deaths per year,” says the Institute in the journal Injury Prevention. “That is, on each of the 6,209 consecutive days included in this study, an equivalent of a plane load or more of people died on the roads.”
      By Miranda Hitti, reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD
      SOURCES: Farmer, C. Injury Prevention, vol 11; pp 18-23. BMJ Specialist Journals
      Who knows how many of millions of our young children that have given their lives and been maimed in battles on foreign soil, and for what ??? To protect American citizens ???
      “Give me a break !!! I know that the high mucky mucks in ivory towers are having a good laugh over that one.
      And how many millions of inocent men, women, and children (Sovereign people of Sovereign countries), have we killed and maimed ??? For what reason ??? I can hear the echos of the retarded SOB’s having a good belly laugh in their ivory bunkers now, they sure have pulled a good one on we ignorant little people.
      This is how many people gave their lives on the 9-11
      Twin Tower demolition ( Which looked exactly like the demolition on building #7)
      There were 2,595 people in the World Trade Center and near it, including:
      343 NYFD firefighters and paramedics
      23 NYPD police officers
      37 Port Authority police officers
      1,402 people in Tower 1
      614 people in Tower 2
      658 people at one company, Cantor Fitzgerald
      1,762 New York residents
      674 New Jersey residents
      1 NYFD firefighter killed by a man jumping off the top floors of the Twin Towers
      In conclusion
      By doing a little research on the web it is noon time, bright sunlight-apparent that guns kill no one, but the people that handle them do and the percentage of deaths from firearms are very small compared to other deaths in the United states of America. * see details at end of this report

      Study the history of foreign countries and how they lost all control of their lives and freedom to their governments when they gave up their guns, hence, the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, not just for the purpose of hunting for game to provide sustanence (which might become a very real posabillity of need in the future), but also to protect the citizenry from a corrupt government!
      Now research ‘Organic Laws of the United States of America’ ,of which the ‘Declaration of independence’ is part and in particular the words of Thomas Jefferson in the second paragraph, to which:
      “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world”.
      * Causes of DEATH in the United States of America

      #1, Firearm-related deaths in 2007 by homicide 12,632
      #2. Deaths from medical errors every year up to 225,000
      #3. Deaths from motor vehicle accidents per year 40,000
      #4. Deaths by offensive wars (no one has exact figures) MILLIONS ???
      #5. Deaths by unanswered / unknown-provable terrorists (foreign or domestic) ??
      9-11 twin tower diaster 2,595 in the World Trade Center and near it.

      Who knows what percentage of the 12,632 gun related homicide deaths in America were commited by law enforcement officials (a death is still a death and it does not matter who commits it).

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