I was at the UN that week covering it for a pro-Second Amendment organization. There were a couple of groups demonstrating for passage and the corporate media was in full court press calling for gun control. But the Feds didn’t get the traction from Aurora that they needed thanks to the authentic media. So they decided to wait until after the US election and even made public statements to that effect. If Obama lost, it would be done after election but before the new President took office.<quoted text>
The treaty has ZERO to do with gun rights in the US.
You people are dumber than sh*t.
Within hours of Obama winning re-election and the Senate Democrats increasing in numbers, they announced that they wouldn’t do it in the lame duck session after all but in the spring. The Sandy Hook shooting took place Dec 15 and for 3 months Sandy Hook and gun control were the corporate media’s theme. Then the UN passed the Arms Trade Treaty on April 2.
THE RATIFICATION PROCESS
Kerry signed the UN-ATT today. Senators have warned that the treaty has to be ratified by the Senate (probably because Obama has a history of violating the Constitution and ignoring requirements for Congressional authorization).
Constitutionally, it doesn’t matter that the Secretary of State signed the treaty. President Clinton’s Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, signed another terrible UN treaty — the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, attacking the family — back in 1995. It never got any farther.
If Obama signs the treaty it still has to be ratified by the Senate. But it’s important to note that the Constitution doesn’t require 2/3 of the Senate to approve — only 2/3 of those PRESENT have to sign it. Will Harry Reid schedule a vote during a recess to get it ratified?
TREATIES DON’T CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION
Treaties don’t amend the Constitution but neither does regulatory law. However, the Feds act as if both do. Once the government passes a “law” or “regulation”, they enforce it. Citizens can fight them in court, but even when governments lose, it’s not uncommon for them to ignore the court decision. Washington, DC ignores the fact that the Supreme Court struck down their gun laws 5 years ago in DC v Heller. And court decisions striking down laws against photographing cops are being ignored across the country.
Former General McChrystal, has publicly supported banning military weapons from being possessed by the people
That’s what our soldiers ought to carry. I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets
and at the same time has called for re-instating the draft. Admiral Mike Mullen, the ex-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said
he feared US civilians “do not know us” while the military had become increasingly “insular.”
McChrystal went on to say something very telling:
“Serious action is necessary. Sometimes we talk about very limited actions on the edges and I just don’t think that’s enough.”
“Very limited action around the edges” is exactly what “infringement” is. But not content with infringement, McChrystal is calling for more “serious action” implying, he’s ready to move on to confiscation. Clearly McChrystal & Mullen have no respect for the constitutional prohibition of a standing army and reject the constitutional prescription of a citizen militia like Switzerland.
The Founders used the term “shall not be infringed” in the Second Amendment because they knew that arms could never be confiscated from the people unless it was a gradual infringement, gradual and “limited actions on the edges” as McChrystal puts it.
One might ask why they used the term “shall not infringe” rather than “Congress shall pass no law” as in the First Amendment. If we look at Article 1, Sec 8, we see that Congress had already given authorization to pass laws that affected the militia. Congress was to organize, arm and call forth the people as a militia, i.e. support and aid the militia.