The US Move Towards the UN
Today we’re going to look at the UN sponsored Arms Trade Treaty.
The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is a multilateral treaty that regulates the international trade in conventional weapons. It entered into force on 24 December 2014. 79 states have ratified the treaty, and a further 53 states have signed but not ratified it. On September 25th, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the treaty on behalf of the United States, however the Senate has yet to ratify the treaty.
The treaty contains several provisions that clearly violate the US constitution, as revealed in a secret memo that was leaked this year. The provisions include:
- Classification of military grade weapons to be made illegal for possession.
- Creation of programs to provide reasonable compensation for voluntary surrender of said arms.
- Codification of laws to to begin the strict licensing of concealable firearms.
- Codification of laws to begin the restricting and strict licensing of hunting grade firearms.
- Codification of laws to restrict the sale of, and possession of ammunition and components to manufacture ammunition.
- Finally, codification of laws to completely makes any and all firearms illegal to own, possess or use outside of military and law enforcement usage.
- Creation of a United Nations Police Taskforce with the specific mission of assisting member nations with the collection of weaponry from civilian hands.
Note 1: You will not find these provisions in the treaty language. The UN has a history of adding “memorandums” to treaties that are no released to the general public. For example, it was disclosed this this year that the IAEA, through the UN, established secret “side deals” with Iran regarding inspections of nuclear facilities.
Note 2: The internet blew up when this “secret memo” was leaked, and there are claims that the document is fake (including Snopes). There is an article in Freedom Outpost that looks into the memo’s authenticity, and both arguments. Read it and come to your own conclusion.
One might think “That treaty can’t be implemented in the US unless a 2/3 majority in the US Senate ratifies the treaty.”
Not so fast – this year we watched as the US Entered into a nuclear agreement with Iran, completely bypassing the US Congress. In May of this year the “Corker Bill” (Bob Corker, R-TN) was passed and signed into law, which stated that lifting of the UN brokered Iran sanctions could only be allowed by 2/3 vote of Senate.
In other words, the sanctions will be lifted, unless the Senate blocks it. That it’s the opposite of what Article 2 of our Constitution states.
Article 2, Section 2 states:[The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…
First I would point out that the UN Arms Treaty (as well as the Iran nuclear deal) was not negotiated “with the Advice and Consent of the Senate.”
But further, many believe that the Corker Bill could provide a possible legal precedent that a future UN treaty could only be blocked by a 2/3 vote of the Senate, as opposed to being approved by a 2/3 vote. A slight variance, but an important one nonetheless, in that these treaties would be considered to be “in force” unless the Senate votes blocks them. It the same as saying “Its already happened, so its too late to stop it.”
While these may seem like arcane legal matters, it does expose an alarming trend in the US government that moves us closer towards being subject to in international body. A body, by the way, NOT elected by the citizens of the United States.
Tomorrow I’ll expand more on the whole “gun control” argument.