In case you didn't know 'Good Ole Barry' Da Pres Obama is trying to get support to sign a potential multilateral treaty that would regulate small arms.
Former President George W. Bush's administration was against this.
Of course, Obama is for it.
Supposedly this treaty will not affect the U.S. because of the Second Amendment.
This is BULL$HIT. follow me here.
The U.S. is the world's biggest arms exporter with a $55 billion-a-year trade in conventional firearms (40 percent of the global total).
Yes that is $55 billion-a-year!!!! Internationally! And it employs over 350,000 Americans! But Obama creates jobs. Right. Can our economy take a $55 billion-a-year hit? I don't want to find out.
the National Rifle Association claims that the treaty is an attempt to circumvent the Second Amendment and similar guarantees in state constitutions in order to impose domestic gun regulations.
But, the draft says, “Acknowledging also the right of States to regulate internal transfers of arms and national ownership, including through national constitutional protections on private ownership, exclusively within their territory.”
I think the NRA is right but not in the obvious way. If you take the $55 billion-a-year export trade then the price of firearms (in the U.S.) will skyrocket, and kill the $35 billion-a-year domestic sales!
"I just want you to know that we are working on it,” Brady recalled the president telling them. “We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.” ~ Barack Obama, May, 2011, referencing gun control
If you think gun control is a good thing, look at DC, NYC and Chicago. They have strict gun laws. How are they working out? BADLY.
Attorney General Eric Holder (of the Fast & Furious Op fame) used his testimony before a House committee to tout the need for new gun control laws to prevent “gun walking,” or the transportation of firearms across the Southern border. But he – and members of the committee – ignored existing laws that already accomplish Holder’s ostensible goals.
But neither Holder nor committee members mentioned the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, a federal law already on the books that appears to criminalize the precise conduct undertaken by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in Operation Fast and Furious.
Why should everyone be concerned about this treaty? Even those that are anti gun?
Because it is OUR Second Amendment. What's next? Why the 1st (freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press), 4th (Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures), 5th (right to due process, and prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy) and 10th (Limits the powers of the federal government to those delegated to it by the Constitution) Amendments of course.
I hope I'm wrong. I hope I should be medicated and wearing a tin-foil hat.
I don't think I am wrong. I don't think our country can afford to lose a $90 billion ($55 billion exports and $35 billion domestically) a year.
Dan Emplit WBFD
USN 1986 - 1992