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Your Opinion: Treaty opens doors to repeal gun rights

Your Opinion: Treaty opens doors to repeal gun rights

July 18th, 2012 by Steve Sampson, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

For those that revere the Second Amendment to our Constitution, you should be aware of what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is about to sign.

On July 27, the nations of the world are scheduled to meet in New York to sign a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

This treaty is disguised and is described as a way to prevent the proliferation of small arms throughout the world, it is in fact, a backdoor way to obtain gun control in the United States and effectively repeal our Second Amendment.

The ATT will set up a global body which will require all nations to regulate firearms so that they can prevent their exportation to other countries. Inevitably, this will require countries to inventory the guns in private hands and to register them. A gun ban is not far away.

The ATT, under the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution, would have the power of a constitutional amendment and would, effectively, repeal the Second Amendment guaranteeing us the right to bear arms. We must fight to stop the U.S. from signing the treaty and, if we fail, block Senate ratification.

The ATT is to be administered by an International Support Unit (ISU), which will ensure that "parties (to the treaty) take all necessary measures to control brokering activities taking place within (their) territories ... to prevent the diversion of exported arms to the illicit market or to unintended end users."

The ISU will determine whether nations are in compliance with this requirement and will move to make sure that they do, indeed, take "all necessary measures." This requirement will lead to gun registration, restrictions on ownership and, eventually, even outright bans on firearms.

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said it best: "After the treaty is approved and comes into force, you will find out that it has this implication or that implication and that it requires Congress to adopt legislation to restrict the ownership of firearms."

Don't forget how well the United States has done in reducing murders and other crimes despite the absence of comprehensive gun controls and bans. In 1993, there were 24,350 homicides in the United States. Last year, there were 13,576 (despite a growth of 60 million in the population).

Only 9,000 of these murders involved a firearm, which is less than one-third of the highway deaths each year in our country.