Government & Politics

2A: Kerry Signs UN 'Arms Treaty'

By Mark Alexander · Sep. 27, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry made our nation a signatory to the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty, ostensibly regulating small arms trade between nations.

At the signing ceremony, Kerry claimed, “Make no mistake, we would never think about supporting a treaty that is inconsistent with the rights of Americans, the rights of American citizens to be able to exercise their guaranteed rights under our Constitution. This is about keeping Americans safe and keeping America strong. This treaty will not diminish anyone’s freedom.”

Make no mistake, the ATT is a Trojan Horse.

Barack Obama and Kerry assure us that the treaty exempts any regulation of domestic gun sales and ownership in the U.S., but with the stroke of a pen, it could implement severe gun restrictions and even confiscations – an end run around the Second Amendment that would provide political cover for gun control Leftists in the Senate and House.

Indeed, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) warned that if this treaty were ratified, “Make no mistake, they will ultimately register, ban and CONFISCATE firearms owned by private citizens. Not long ago, Obama told Sarah Brady from the anti-gun Brady Campaign, ‘I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control]. We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.’”

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) rightly put Kerry on written notice, informing him that the ATT is “dead in the water,” concluding, “The administration is wasting precious time trying to sign away our laws to the global community and unelected UN bureaucrats.”

But, in what could be an end run around our Constitution, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), fully aware that he can’t possibly win the necessary two-thirds majority of votes in the Senate for ratification, may not allow any vote at all. Thus, Obama could sign the treaty and ignore the constitutional mandate, as he habitually does when Rule of Law interferes with his political agenda.

Then what?

In a letter chastising Obama, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, demanded he not take any further action on the ATT without the consent of the Senate. Corker sternly notes, “Any act to implement this treaty, provisionally or otherwise, before the Congress provides its advice and consent would be inconsistent with the United States Constitution, law, and practice. … The Executive Branch is not authorized to take any steps to implement the treaty,” because the treaty raises “fundamental issues” concerning “individual rights protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Let’s see if Obama continues his unmitigated violation of his Oath to Support and Defend our Constitution, by acting without Senate consensus…

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enemaofthestatistquo in walnutgrove said:

I fear another end run to pull the wool over the eyes of the ill-informed. The Constitution also says- Art.II,Sec3, "";he may (the President), on extraordinary occasions, convene both houses, [here is where it gets dicey], or either of them,". Lets just say the POTUS calls the Senate into session, but forgets to notify the Republicans; and so, the Democrats who attend the session all fifty whatever who Are Present Concur and thus vote to ratify the UN Small Arms Treaty and Obama signs it, will that be Constitutional?

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Winston in Meridian, ID replied:

What bothers me greatly, and should all Americans, is that there is a "secret" private federal court judge who reviews and approves anything Obama does. What's up with that? If America has a DICTATOR then why doesn't the Congress, Supreme Court, and We the People bring impeachment charges against him and expose all his "secret" dealings?

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

The President possesses a platinum race card which protects him from being removed from office, so the United States Congress will NEVER, EVER impeach Barack Obama or even begin the process. The entire Federal Government, Democrat, Republican, Independent, fears the repercussions of offending the black race more than they do offending God Himself.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

News flash! He's NOT black (well, he's one-sixteenth black). I guess that makes him black and exempt from scrutiny as a human being.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

Mr. Obama checked "African American" (Black) as his race on his Income tax form. "Nuff said.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 12:36 PM

liberty or death in indianapolis said:

I believe strongly if he would move forward without congressional approval he would be impeached or the 2nd American revolution would start.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Dick Boas in Long Pond, PA replied:

Liberty: This will be the Third Revolution and I am preparing for it. The "Civil War" was about States Rights not about slavery. This Revolution will be about providing the "Tree of Liberty" wilh its "natural manure; the blood of tyrants." Dick

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 3:54 PM

sgtken in pittsburgh pa said:

Please name me one time Kerry or oBUMo has told the truth.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:14 AM

dennis in tucson replied:

They could both tell the truth by saying "I lied"

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

That should be "I lie" since it is their nature.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 6:45 PM

LeRoy in Nebraska replied:

Don't you know that Kerry served in Vietnam and received three purple hearts ? Two of them were from self inflicted wounds. This guy is as big a liar as Obummer. Read the book UNFIT FOR COMMAND by John E Oneill. Want to know the real John Kerry read the book and prepare to be shocked. This creep is as bad as Jane Fonda.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Winston in Meridian, ID said:

Another example of over-reaching by the Obama administration. Little by little he is purposely (and supported by neo-cons in the GOP) destroying American sovereignty, Constitutional rights and liberty, and creates over-reaching by the United Nations into the affairs of a sovereign nation.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Bill p in Clayton, CA said:

Does he have the authority to sign any treaty that the senate has not approved?

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Albert Maslar in Absecon said:

Single-payer plan to replace ObamaCare--summary from 3-page plan

36. Institute a 3% National Sales Tax (NST) with NO exceptions for resale, charity, non-profits, religious, education, or government. The many cannot be continually supported by the diminishing few. A 3% NST may raise up to $7 Trillion annually, double the current budget, reduce national debt, spread tax burden to all residents, legal or not. Allocation: the 1st 1% toward Budget, the 2nd 1% toward debt reduction, the 3rd 1% for Universal Medicare for all legal residents.

37. Dedicate first 1% NST to Universal Medicare to automatically eliminate most State Medicaid benefit requirements, costs, and overhead. State Medicaid mandated costs are virtually eliminated, reducing State budget shortfalls and tax requirements.

38. According to a 7/6/10 analysis by attorney Lanny Davis published in The Hill, there were $755 Trillion in total transactions in the U.S. in 2008; $443 Trillion if exempting stock transactions. Accordingly NST on stock market transactions should be set at 1/2 of 1%, beating the International movement toward the inevitability of this type of tax. This 1/2% stock market transaction tax will inhibit the negative and controversial effects of High Frequency Trading (HFT) that causes artificial volatility.

Albert Maslar CPA (Retired)
128 Huron Ave.
Absecon, NJ 08201-2022

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:46 AM

James Gyorko in Morgantown, West Virginia replied:

The best idea yet !! Fair for all with no burden placed on the middle class or the disabled or retired.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 8:36 AM

John in Houston said:

1) So what happens when the US ships small arms to the rebels in Syria and elsewhere? I think the US may already be in violation of the treaty.

2) At what point when elected officials fail to uphold the Constitution do we get to remove them from office? Clearly the small arms treating is a violation.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM

RADDAD in Atlanta said:

If Obama signs the treaty without Senate approval, then he is in DIRECT violation of the Constitution. The obvious result is impeachment. What about an immediate result in the Supreme Court removing him from office for violating his oath of office. rad

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 12:12 PM

dennis in tucson replied:

Violate the constitution....AGAIN!!

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

The President possesses a platinum race card which protects him from being removed from office, so the United States Congress will NEVER, EVER impeach Barack Obama or even begin the process. The entire Federal Government, Democrat, Republican, Independent, fears the repercussions of offending the black race more than they do offending God Himself.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 6:47 PM

James Gyorko in Morgantown, West Virginia replied:

Yes. If this was a man of a less dark complexion or a woman, impeachment would have already been enacted and the country would be well into recovery.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 8:40 AM

MikeEcho in Orting, WA said:

If you would like to know what the future may be for the United States of America, dust off your old Bible and read the history of Israel. There is a point in time where God removes His protective blessings letting us do as we please. Remember, the United States began as a God fearing nation, and it's people responded to the blessings with thankfulness and faithfulness.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Bennie in Los Angeles, CA said:

Obama does all sort of things that are unconstitutional and no one calls him on it legally. What makes anyone think the UN Arms Treaty is going to be any different? What is wrong with this Congress that they do not object to this illegality?

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Nam_Vet68 in Philadelphia said:

Everything Obama does is "Under the Radar". The conniving creep backstabbing worm. It galls me as a Vietnam Veteran to see Kerry as the Secretary of Defense. Can anybody put a stop to this mob, anybody at all? The Republicans are no help what so ever. They are more confused then a baby in a topless bar.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Dave Mather in Troy, MI said:

Regarding the gun treaty when Obama says to Brady that he's working on gun control...but has to do so 'under the radar', that what he meant by having a transparent government! This guy has lied to so many people, I don't think he even knows the truth anymore. He's the worst president ever and will go down in history as the worst. Hopefully Obamacare will go down too!! The only good thing is he is finally making Republicans look good which has been a difficult task lately.If the GOP continues to put pressure on Obama, they may be able to improve the deficit and defund Obamacare. All could be great news and boost the GOP into the spotlight taking many more seats in the upcoming elections.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM

LeRoy in Nebraska replied:

I believe that we should let Obama Care go through as planned. Then when it collapses { and it will } it will go down as the biggest presidential boondoggle in history. It's just a shame that a hell of a lot of good Americans will suffer financially from it.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 9:23 PM

dennis in tucson said:

obama circumvent the constitution? Lie about up-holding it? perish the tho't. Riiiiiiiiiight!!

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 1:04 PM

TheTexasCooke in Lockhart, Texas said:

Kerry signed the treaty because it is NOT Benghazi and it is NOT "Fast and Furious". They will do ANYTHING to detract us from two treasonous acts that could put Barry out of office and in a penitentiary. History has shown him that no matter what a President does, he is NEVER punished for it once he is out of office. All he needs is time. Everything else is window dressing.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Nina in Las Vegas NV said:

When it comes to law, there is always a loophole. They will find it, we are already under siege. Don't count on homeland security, Obama claims it belongs to him. We are his subjects and he is subjecting us in the US to his will.

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 1:20 PM