Skip to comments.UN Arms Transfer Treaty (ATT) on Small Arms: Gun Grab Gradualism
Posted on 07/16/2012 5:44:03 PM PDT by marktwain
The United Nations is polishing up a global Arms Transfer Treaty (ATT) this month in a New York convention that would create a global registry of private ownership of firearms. This treaty which would also mandate creation of a national collection agency for those guns and is contrary to the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment has the long-standing and enthusiastic backing of the Obama State Department, headed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Conventional arms transfers are a crucial national security concern for the United States, and we have always supported effective action to control the international transfer of arms, Hillary Clinton noted as early as October 14, 2009. Clinton boasted that the United States regularly engages other states to raise their standards and to prohibit the transfer or transshipment of capabilities to rogue states, terrorist groups, and groups seeking to unsettle regions. Of course, that speech was delivered at the same time the Obama administration was transferring some 2,000 small arms to Mexican drug gangs in the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal.
The State Department website nevertheless absurdly continues to boast that The United States has in place an extensive and rigorous system of controls that most agree is the 'gold standard' of export controls for arms transfers.
In view of such obviously false public statements, one may question the sincerity of Obama State Department promises about redlines to the UN ATT, which supposedly protect the Second Amendment: The Second Amendment to the Constitution must be upheld. There will be no restrictions on civilian possession or trade of firearms otherwise permitted by law or protected by the U.S. Constitution. There will be no dilution or diminishing of sovereign control over issues involving the private acquisition, ownership, or possession of firearms, which must remain matters of domestic law. The Obama State Department also promises There will be no mandate for an international body to enforce an ATT.
So America's Second Amendment rights are safe, right?
The draft of the treaty prepared earlier this year by the UN Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) explains that the treaty is aimed at crime control as well as rogue militias in developing nations:
The majority of conflict deaths are caused by the use of small arms, and civilian populations bear the brunt of armed conflict more than ever. Also, small arms are the dominant tools of criminal violence.
The PrepCom report of February 2012 despite protestations by the Hillary Clinton's minions is not limited merely to international transfer of firearms. The draft treaty covers transfers as well as imports and exports of firearms:
The international transactions or activities covered by this Treaty include those listed below and defined in Annex A:
In this matter, the 2012 conference is merely following the goals of the 2001 UN Programme of Action on small arms, which required national gun registries and collection agencies for those guns once they've been registered. The 2001 Programme of Action requires nations:
To ensure that comprehensive and accurate records are kept for as long as possible on the manufacture, holding and transfer of small arms and light weapons under their jurisdiction. These records should be organized and maintained in such a way as to ensure that accurate information can be promptly retrieved and collated by competent national authorities.
To develop and implement, where possible, effective disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programmes, including the effective collection, control, storage and destruction of small arms and light weapons...
The UN is still seeking this kind of broad control over private firearms ownership, and UN General Assembly resolution 66/47, adopted December 2, 2011 in advance of this month's conference that it seeks to ban The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects. [Emphasis added]
Moreover, the 2012 PrepCom report uses broad bans on any transfer of firearms:
A State Party shall not authorize a transfer of conventional arms if there is a substantial risk that those conventional arms would: Be used in a manner that would seriously undermine peace and security or provoke, prolong or aggravate internal, regional, subregional or international instability.
Some 56 or more U.S. senators have written a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton opposing the UN global gun registry, according to the National Rifle Association. Senatorial opposition began with a July 26, 2011 letter claiming that the establishment of any sort of international gun registry that could impede upon the privacy rights of law-abiding gun owners is a non-starter.
The U.S. State Department already has a State Department Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement that could be used as a control agency for domestic controls on firearms transfers.
The State Department policy on Conventional Weapons Destruction suggests: The proliferation of illicit conventional weapons, including small arms and light weapons (SA/LW), in regions of the world suffering from political instability and violent conflict has proven a major obstacle to peace, economic development, and efforts to rebuild war-torn societies. In places like Afghanistan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Colombia, thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and tens of thousands more displaced by ethnic and civil conflicts perpetuated in large part by easy access to illicit conventional weapons, particularly SA/LW.
Many of the countries listed by State Department officials are the very nations that most need "illicit" small arms to fight back against genocidal governments. Illicit is the new globalist jargon for illegal, though in most instances the sparse illegal weapons around the world are the ones that are being used by victims to shoot back against genocidal governments. This is certainly the case in Syria today, where perfectly legal small arms in the hands of the government are crushing a largely disarmed civilian population. It was also recently the case in the genocide in South Sudan, which recently won independence from Sudan ending the genocide after using illicit small arms in an independence effort.
In the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the illegal and illicit guns would have been those owned by the victims. And in Rwanda, the United Nations helped to facilitate arms deals to the government forces and was complicit in the genocide of some 800,000 innocent Tutsis. Gun control in Rwanda was so effectively implemented in part with UN peacekeeper assistance that much of the genocide against Tutsis was carried out by Hutu-aligned government forces with machetes not guns!
Since the UN has traditionally backed genocidal governments over the victims who use illicit guns to defend themselves, it's not surprising that human rights violator Iran is one of several regional chairmen of the UN ATT convention.
which nation is spearheading this “treaty”? Oh yes, Iran. of course.
Yep! As are all gun-control regulations & laws
The UN and Obama can shove ATT up their asses. Send your thugs for our guns and we will send them back to you in body bags. You WILL NOT disarm us.
It will simply make people hide their guns.
Henry? Is that you?
"I want to take those profits....." Hillary Clinton
This document could be posted separately. Note the date 1961.
Freedom From War
The United States Program
for General and Complete
Disarmament in a Peaceful
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLICATION 7277
Disarmament Series 5
Released September 1961
FREEDOM FROM WAR
THE UNITED STATES PROGRAM
FOR GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARMAMENT
IN A PEACEFUL WORLD
DISARMAMENT GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
The over-all goal of the United States is a free, secure, and peaceful world of independent states adhering to common standards of justice and international conduct and subjecting the use of force to the rule of law; a world which has achieved general and complete disarmament under effective international control; and a world in which adjustment to change takes place in accordance with the principles of the United Nations.
In order to make possible the achievement of that goal, the program sets forth the following specific objectives toward which nations should direct their efforts:
The disbanding of all national armed forces and the prohibition of their reestablishment in any form whatsoever other than those required to preserve internal order and for contributions to a United Nations Peace Force;
The elimination from national arsenals of all armaments, including all weapons of mass destruction and the means for their delivery, other than those required for a United Nations Peace Force and for maintaining internal order;
The institution of effective means for the enforcement of international agreements, for the settlement of disputes, and for the maintenance of peace in accordance with the principles of the United Nations;
The establishment and effective operation of an International Disarmament Organization within the framework of the United Nations to insure compliance at all times with all disarmament obligations.
If this article is true and if there are no legal or judicial reviews of this treaty, then August will be the beginning of CWII and possibly sparking a global Revolutionary War against any and all globalists.
Be prepared people. I tried buying more ammo from a local distributor last weekend, and I was told there’s a waiting list for .40.
We have less than 2 weeks before the excrement might be hitting the rotary cooler.
Also, this would explain Obama’s boldness as of late. His Socialism is showing in a BIG way, and I fear he knows something that we don’t yet. If this all comes to fruition, as I fear it will, we are about to be plunged back into the 1700s.
If the UN was really interested in peace, it would bar governments from possessing arms and mandate that only civilian militias could be armed. Come to think of it, this was the state of affairs that the US Founders envisioned.
Ok, that’s good advice - feed the jackboots’ remains to the pigs. Ditto for the liberal press.
Be prepared people. I tried buying more ammo from a local distributor last weekend, and I was told theres a waiting list for .40.
Plenty of .40 here, if you're not adverse to buying online: http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/index.php/cName/pistol-ammo-40-sw
I bought from CTD. They had what I needed. I like to stay local and pay in cash if possible, but I’m not averse to online transactions.
Actually, the two countries that have been pushing this small-arms "disarmament" stuff have been the U.K. and Japan. Two constitutional monarchies with strong traditions of droit du seigneur, strong conventions of public order and strong police powers, and some sort of class system in which gentlemen carried, and commoners weren't permitted to.
The move, which came as the conference got underway last week but received virtually no attention, is the latest example of Iran taking up leadership positions at the United Nations despite its defiance of Security Council resolutions relating to its nuclear program.
Furthermore, according to an expert panel monitoring U.N. sanctions on Iran, Tehran continues to flout a Security Council ban on exporting its weaponry, with Syria the main recipient.