Cornyn on the UN arms treaty
POSTED: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 9:42am
UPDATED: Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 2:10pm
tyler, tx — Last week we told you about the United Nations small arms conference going on all this month in New York.
The object is a treaty regulating the international arms trade. But some still suspect they seek to do more.
And, like so many conspiracies, it concerns not what is said, but what is suspected.
For starters, the treaty, if it is ever agreed upon, only governs the international sale of specific kinds of small arms. The UN charter forbids interfering in the laws of member states. The US Constitution takes precedence over any treaty, and any treaty must be ratified by the US Senate.
And today, Senator John Cornyn told KETK, the Senate will vet it thoroughly.
“Should there be a treaty put to the Senate by the President,” cornyn told us, “my expectation is that this would be thoroughly vetted and debated, and if any of these concerns are justified, I have a hard time believing it would be ratified.”
In fact, the Secretary of State says, US regulations on international shipments of weapons to brutal regimes or terrorists are already the “gold standard” for responsible arms trade.
Secretary Clinton says her greatest hope is that the rest of the world agrees to standards we already use. But according to Cornyn, the problem is simple distrust.
“Well, I think what you’re hearing from people is what I’m hearing from people,” he said, “and that’s an enormous skepticism about Washington and the federal government and so I think that’s sort of the premise for a lot of this.”
And some misinformation as well. But the upshot is, it simply will not get through the Senate if there is any perceived threat to US sovereignty.
“But you’re certainly correct in that the Senate would have to ratify this treaty,” Cornyn concluded, “and that’s something that I think maybe is not well understood.”