In 2006, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution titled "Towards an arms trade treaty." In 2008, the General Assembly passed another resolution that accelerated efforts toward an arms trade treaty. In both cases, the U.S. was the only country opposed. Now it appears that Obama and Clinton have ordered our team of U.N. negotiators to drop their opposition and move forward to develop "consensus."
With the Obama administration receptive and on board, the General Assembly is moving forward with a U.N. conference to produce an arms trade treaty in 2012 -- perhaps sooner. In fact, the U.N. is hosting a major conference on this subject in June.
John Bolton, who was the Bush administration's ambassador to the U.N., explained in November: "The (Obama) administration is trying to act as though this is really just a treaty about international arms trade between nation states, but there's no doubt -- as was the case back over a decade ago -- that the real agenda here is domestic firearms control. After the treaty is approved and it comes into force, you will find out that it ... requires the Congress to adopt some measure that restricts ownership of firearms. The administration knows it cannot obtain this kind of legislation purely in a domestic context. ... (It) will use an international agreement as an excuse to get domestically what (it) couldn't otherwise."
Of course, any international treaty needs the approval of two-thirds of the Senate to be ratified, and critics on both sides say there's no way that will happen. Cato Institute scholar Ted Galen Carpenter spoke for many others when he said, "There is no chance of getting a two-thirds vote in the Senate to pass this treaty; it has too many implications for gun rights in the United States." I respectfully beg to differ. Look at how Obamacare was shoved through the Senate like a ramrod, even after the landmark election of "no" voter Scott Brown of Massachusetts. Believe me; if there's a will, they'll find a way.
Why the Constitution is so complicated to some I never will understand. Our Founders ratified a Second Amendment as a right and defense for all Americans. There's nothing easy about defending your life. And taking a life is a mega-tragedy. But when your life is in danger, the Second Amendment provides for your and your loved ones' security.
Case in point: Last month, Michael Lish and his wife arrived home in Tulsa, Okla., at 10 p.m. to find the back door ajar and a window open. Unbeknownst to the couple, the intruder in their house had been released from jail recently and had a history of drug offenses and driving under the influence. Michael had just entered his house when he heard a noise coming from the master bedroom. Once Michael neared the bedroom, the intruder, 19-year-old Billy Jean Tiffey III, approached Michael with a sword that he was in the process of stealing from the house. When Tiffey did not comply with his order to stop approaching him, Michael, who had a concealed-weapons permit, pulled out his gun and shot Tiffey in the abdomen. However, the intruder dropped to his knees and reached behind his back, appearing to the homeowner as if he was reaching for another weapon. (In addition to the sword, he was packing a .38-caliber pistol, a 9 mm pistol, a knife and a stun gun.) Michael had no choice -- and he shot Tiffey two more times in the chest, killing him.
It was certainly an understatement of Thomas Jefferson's when he wrote to George Washington these words in 1796: "One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them."
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