UN Arms Trade Treat is a Bust…For Now

UN RevolverThe UN conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has broken down and will not be submitting a draft of treaty to  member nations and ABC News sayssome diplomats and supporters blamed the United States for the unraveling of the monthlong negotiating conference.”  Good job, United States!  Amnesty International USA executive directory Suzanne Nossel was quoted:  “This was stunning cowardice by the Obama administration, which at the last minute did an about-face and scuttled progress toward a global arms treaty.”

Always one to toot their own horns, the National Rifle Association (NRA) was quick to release an article, subtly entitled “NRA Stops U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.”  While the gun rights lobbying group no doubt played a part in working against the measure, taking credit for the breakdown of the negotiations seems like a bit of a stretch given the hard work and grass-roots efforts of many gun rights organizations and individuals who helped spread the word, contacted representatives and did other behind-the-scenes work to protect American sovereignty when it comes to governing firearms.

This small victory, however, is certainly not cause to stop being vigilant when it comes to protecting gun rights.  Conference chariman, Ambassador Roberto Garcia Moritan, a supporter of the treaty, said “we certainly are going to have a treaty in 2012.”  This comes on the heels of several democratic senators attempting to slip gun control measures (S.A. 2575) into a cybersecurity bill that would make illegal the transfer or possession of ammunition feeding devices which hold more than 10 rounds.  In case you couldn’t guess the list of “usual suspects” behind this measure, they include Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

If you’re already involved in organizations and activities to support your second amendment rights, keep up the great work.  If not, there’s no time like the present to get started.  Check out this link for a good starting point or visit the GunLink forums.


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