Good news out of the U. N… for now

Seems that the talks to reach a consensus for the Arms Trade Treaty have ended without agreement.

From the United Nations web site

Describing it as a “setback,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his disappointment over the failure by United Nations Member States to reach agreement on a treaty that would regulate the conventional arms trade.“I am disappointed that the Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) concluded its four-week-long session without agreement on a treaty text that would have set common standards to regulate the international trade in conventional arms,” Mr. Ban said.

The Arms Trade Treaty, or ATT, is the bill still in the draft phase that has many 2nd Amendment advocates in the states up in arms. It has been a point of unconfirmed rumor that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama had promised a signature. The rumor mill also states that a restriction or ban on firearms trade or ownership, as well as an international registration database would in effect nullify our 2nd Amendment rights.

Personally, I will not even pretend to know just what kind of impact this would have on this nation. But there was a landmark court case decided in 1957 that our Constitution supersedes all international treaties ratified by the Senate. This was the Reid v. Covert case.

In the text of the U.N. Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, in the section II titled Measures to prevent and combat terrorism, item #5 deals with the U.N.’s plan with regard to the small arms trade…

5. To strengthen coordination and cooperation among States in combating crimes that might be connected with terrorism, including drug trafficking in all its aspects, illicit arms trade, in particular of small arms and light weapons, including man-portable air defence systems , money laundering and smuggling of nuclear, chemical, biological, radiological and other potentially deadly materials.

Read the text and come to your own conclusion…

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