Jul 22, 2012 No Comments ›› tlmertz
The horrible tragedy in Aurora Colorado at a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” is already being used as political fodder by some of Hollywood’s finest without even a hint of sympathy for the victims and their families, for the advancement of gun control in the form of the UN Arms Trade Treaty, which President Obama is determined to sign. Former UN Ambassador John Bolton warns that the treaty “is trying to act as though this is really just a treaty about international arms trade between nation states, but there is no doubt that the real agenda here is domestic firearms control.”
The UN ATT infringes on the “fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms”, according to a letter sent to President Obama by 130 Republican House members. The advancement of this treaty would decimate the 2nd amendment, but would do nothing to curb violent crime in the United States; quite the opposite in fact. People determined to do harm will always be able to find a weapon. How many career criminals do you think actually buy their guns legally? The only thing that the signing of this treaty would accomplish would be to take away the ability of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families, while violent criminals would have free reign.
The UN ATT has its roots in a briefing from the State Department Bureau of Public Affairs in September of 1961 (Publication 7277, Disarmament Series 5). It calls for a “general and complete disarmament”. It goes on to call for “the building up of international peace-keeping machinery and institutions”. The key word in that sentence is international.
It also calls for “the progressive strengthening of international institutions under the United Nations and by creating a United Nations Peace Force to enforce the peace as the disarmament process proceeds”.
Our hearts go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy and their loved ones. My only hope is that we do not allow their pain to be taken advantage of, and used as fuel to trample the constitution and irreparably damage the safety, security and sovereignty of our nation.
I’m not ready to see the blue helmets of UN Peacekeepers marching through our streets. Are you?