Arms treaty threatens our constitutional rights

info@islandpacket.comOctober 6, 2013 

A recent story reported that Secretary of State John Kerry signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, which was opposed by the George W. Bush administration for possibly affecting the sovereignty of this nation.

It would establish an international gun registration system that could become the first step in disarming American citizens and destroying the U.S. firearms industry. The U.N. and the world do not give one whit for our Second Amendment rights, and the treaty could impact sales and technology to our allies, such as Israel and Taiwan.

Kerry said, "This is about keeping America safe and American strong and promoting peace and global security." Someone please explain how undermining our constitutional rights is going to keep America safe and strong. Is America going to trust the U.N. -- given its record of failures and given it has members who are some of the worst human rights violators in the world -- with a registry of American gun owners and expect it not to try and disarm the U.S.?

A treaty cannot override the Second Amendment, but an administration that is a strong advocate for gun control could use it to issue executive orders to restrict firearms sales and ownership. The treaty is completely unnecessary. The U.S. already operates under strict arms export regulations, which even Hillary Clinton, a strong supporter of the treaty and gun control, admits "is the gold standard of export control for arms transfer."

Contact our senators and tell them to oppose ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty.

John Parker

Hilton Head Island

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