TX AG Tells Obama Not To Sign U.N. Arms Treaty

001“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe.  The supreme power in America can not enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.  A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.”    Noah Webster, 1787

The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty violates not only the Second Amendment, but also the American concept of the source of rights and the right of the people to defend themselves against the “long train of abuses” of any government.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wrote a  letter to President Obama  on  Tuesday saying that the state [Texas] will head to court  over the U.N.  Arms Treaty should  Obama sign it and the Senate   ratify  it.    “The UN has concluded its negotiations on the Arms  Trade Treaty.  It is now up to you to sign it — or reject it.   Do  not sign this treaty.”

“As with most so-called international-law   documents promulgated by the UN  the draft treaty is not written using  the precise, unambiguous language  required of a good legal document.   Instead, the treaty employs  sweeping rhetoric and  imprecise  terminology that could be used by those who  seek to undermine  our  liberties to impose any number of restrictions on the  right of   law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms.”

The U.S. Senate recently approved a nonbinding amendment opposing the treaty which according to  Jim Inhofe (R-OK) was  “to uphold Second Amendment  rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms  Trade Treaty.”

Jerry Moran (R-KS) said that  “The U.S. Senate is united in strong opposition to a treaty that puts us on level ground with dictatorships who abuse human rights and arm  terrorists, but there is real concern that the Administration feels pressured to  sign a treaty that violates our Constitutional rights.   Given the apparent support of the Obama Administration for the Arms Trade  Treaty, members of the U.S. Senate must continue to make clear that any treaty  that violates our Second Amendment freedoms will be an absolute nonstarter for  ratification.”

The U.N. treaty prohibits countries that ratify it from exporting conventional weapons if they violate arms embargoes, or if they promote acts of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes, or if they could be used in attacks against civilians or schools and hospitals.  It  covers battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers, and small arms and light weapons.

According to Senator John Cornyn of Texas,  the treaty also contained “unnecessarily harsh treatment of civilian-owned small arms” and violated the right to self-defense and United States sovereignty.”

Obama and Hillary Clinton were pushing the arms treaty and, without a doubt, our new Hippie Secretary of State will  sign it.  The United Nations nor the Obama administration can be trusted.    I do find it rather amusing that Obama would support a treaty that would prevent him from sending arms to the Muslim Brotherhood.   But then again, I guess war crimes or crimes against humanity are  in the eye of the beholder!

Abbott  concluded his letter by saying that “If the  UN Arms Trade Treaty is not  stopped at  the federal level, I — and my fellow state attorneys general — will  take  up the fight to preserve the Constitution.   Ratification of this treaty  would compel immediate legal action to enforce the Constitution’s   guarantee  that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not   be infringed.”

As of now, there is not enough support in the Senate for ratification but that could change at the drop of a hat.  But even if the Senate holds the line,  Obama will not be deterred – not by the Constitution – not by public opinion and  – especially not by the U.S. Senate.

Who are the militia?  Are they not ourselves?  Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom?  Congress has no power to disarm the militia.  Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an America.  The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of  either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will remain, in the hands of the people.”
Tenche Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette 2/20/1788


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