Chris W. Cox

In a 2010 speech to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Clinton’s Under Secretary for Arms Control told the audience: “We will work between now and the U.N. Conference in 2012 to negotiate a legally binding Arms Trade Treaty, and we’ll need your help in achieving it. We have made that a fundamental policy commitment.” (Emphasis is mine.)

So you can bet that if President Obama wins a second term he’ll move full speed ahead for Senate ratification and implementation of the ATT’s mandates. Popular or not, it won’t matter, because he won’t need to appeal to voters for re-election.

Even if a treaty isn’t ratified, it never dies – and can still affect your rights. The U.S. Senate could take a signed treaty off the shelf and try to ratify it 10, 20 or 50 years from now – as we know from experience. Just two years ago, we had to fight off a push to bring up a 1997 Organization of American States gun control treaty in the Senate. And even though the U.S. has never ratified that OAS treaty, the Clinton administration still used it as an excuse to restrict exports of gun parts and accessories to Canada of all places.

Obama and Clinton have spent their entire careers demonizing American gun owners and doing everything in their power to make firearms ownership more expensive, more difficult, and in many cases, illegal. Now they want to unleash the U.N. gun-ban axis on our right to keep and bear arms.

It’s time for all Americans to sound the alarm on this treacherous assault on U.S. sovereignty.


Chris W. Cox

Chris W. Cox is the Executive Director of The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action and serves as the organization’s chief lobbyist.