More on the UN Arms Treaty
POSTED: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 5:24pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 9:47am
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. Indeed there are, and like so many conspiracies, it concerns not what is said, but what is suspected.
So, here we go again.
Here’s what it’s about, what they want to do and what they can’t do. The latest round of speculation begins with a link on the Drudge Report today.
The link took you to a story in the New American, the newsletter of the John Birch society. That story concerned the billionaire supporter of liberal causes, George Soros and his backing of a U.N. treaty on small arms, and his lobbying efforts through the website Media Matters. Soros doesn’t own Media Matters, but has contributed generously.
The lobbying? It appears to consist of Media Matters assuring readers the UN treaty will not nullify the 2nd Amendment.
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 U.S. Senate.
In fact, the Secretary of State says, U.S. 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.
The United Kingdom officially described for all Commonwealth members what the treaty will not be.
The short version is national law is protected, or there will be no deal.
These assurances, even analysis by Politifact.org, are of course no match for a good conspiracy theory, so add to JFK, RFK, truthers, birthers and all the rest, the Great U.N. Gun Grab.
There are no doubt plenty of folks who don’t like guns, and wish you didn’t have one. Fortunately for you, you have the Constitution.
The Supreme Court has ruled, in Reid vs Covert in 1956, that no treaty takes precedence over the Constitution.
And the only way to change that is amending the Constitution. Not even Soros would bet on those odds.