- Created: Friday, 06 July 2012
- Written by Gun Owners of America
“[The ATT] means the United Nations, an international body, will decide how you and I as Americans can buy and sell our weapons, how we control those weapons, who is authorized to have those weapons and where they are. This is a dangerous trend.” -- retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin
-- Help Senator Moran nix UN gun control
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) needs your help.
As GOA reported before the holiday break, the United Nations has begun discussions over finalizing language in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) -- talks that are expected to last all month.
Senator Moran has prepared a letter, which GOA has in its possession, demanding that the Obama Administration oppose any treaty that would sacrifice Americans’ gun rights -- even if it means “breaking consensus” at the July conference.
“We are concerned that the Arms Trade Treaty poses dangers to rights protected under the Second Amendment,” Senator Moran says in his letter.
You have to ratify the ATT to see what’s in it
Despite the risks to our liberties, there is much double-speak taking place at the UN. The talks in New York are reminiscent of the process that Americans saw with the passage of ObamaCare. Remember Nancy Pelosi’s famous quip: “You have to pass the [health care] bill so you can see what is in it”?
In similar fashion, the gun control details in the ATT will “not be publicly available” until the treaty has been agreed to by all the member nations.
It makes you wonder if Pelosi is being paid as a consultant at these meetings.
Make no mistake about it; UN officials are using secrecy to their advantage, claiming the treaty will not infringe upon the rights of individual gun owners. They claim the treaty only deals with international transfers of firearms.
But Moran counters that the treaty will expand federal gun controls and lead to the registration of firearms.
The Arms Trade Treaty WILL restrict your gun rights
The Moran letter quotes a draft of the treaty, noting that it requires nations to “monitor and control” arms in transit and to prohibit the unauthorized “transfer of arms from any location” -- a requirement, he says, that implies a huge “expansion of federal firearms controls that would be unacceptable on Second Amendment grounds.”
And the draft version of the treaty calls for the creation of a “U.N.-based firearms registry for all firearms that are either imported into or transit across national territory.” Can you imagine any greater infringement of your privacy … giving UN bureaucrats the “right” to collect information on you as a gun owner?
Some 130 Representatives sent their own letter to the President on Monday reminding him that the Second Amendment guarantees the “fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms” and declaring that the U.S. has no business supporting a treaty that infringes on the Bill of Rights.
The House letter is a good first step, but getting a similar one sent from the Senate is even more important. After all, IT’S THE SENATE -- and not the House -- which must ratify the ATT.
Since the treaty will be finalized later this month, it is very important for Senator Moran to get at least 34 Senators on his letter -- meaning he would have enough votes to prevent the treaty’s ratification.
ACTION: Please urge your Senators to sign on to the Moran letter right away. Senator Moran’s office says that Senators have been very slow to respond to his request for more signatories. But he needs these signatures right away!