UN Arms Trade Treaty? Senate Says Not For US.

UN Arms Trade Treaty Fails To Pass US SenateWhat’s this about a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty?

An important vote took place in the US Senate yesterday.  By a vote of 53-46, the Senate voted to keep the United States out of the proposed United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.  While not a direct assault on our 2nd Amendment Rights, there was an indirect (but still significant threat) to our gun rights.  The UN Arms Trade Treaty would have required that member states signing on to the treaty not only keep a record of their imported guns, but also who the buyers were.  The buyer’s information must be kept by the buyer’s country and be made accessible to the seller’s country for a period of NO LESS THAN 20 YEARS.  In other words, if I bought a Russian-made firearm, the Russian Federation would have access to my personal information; which would be bad if they ever wanted their gun back.  I don’t think that will happen in my lifetime, but I still don’t particularly like the idea.

Back in January, I wrote an article about the long-term effects of progressive gun control laws. I argued in that article that the Second Amendment is perhaps the greatest deterrent to any foreign power with ideas of occupying the territory (and people) of the United States.  I quoted Imperial Japan’s Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who said, “You cannot invade the mainland of the United States.  There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.”

Well, perhaps Yamamoto would have reconsidered if he had access to an internationally accessible database of US gun owners.  Under the treaty, only Japanese-made guns would be reported to the enemy; but that’s only under the best, most ideal circumstances. Besides potential alliances with foreign gun manufacturers (like Germany and Italy in WWII), we must keep in mind that we live in an era of skilled hackers seeking all forms of intelligence from governmental databases. It wouldn’t take long for the US database of gun owners to be compromised.  North Korea just hacked into South Korea’s media and financial networks.  Do you really want America’s enemies knowing who you are, where you live, and what you have to defend yourself with? That’s why international databases like the those proposed in the current revision of the UN Arms Trade Treaty are so dangerous to our long-term national security.

Despite what Rand Paul might tell you, the intent of the UN Arms Trade Treaty was not to topple the United States government.  The real intent of the UN Arms Trade Treaty was to create a record of how guns are making their way into the hands of terrorists, gangs, pirates, and warlords.  While that is noble, it’s another demonstration of the futility of the United Nations’ mission  24 nations abstained from the treaty, including Bahrain, Belarus, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Laos, Libya, Marshall Islands, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, UAE, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

For the United States, the UN Arms Trade Treaty would be a lot like passing the Kyoto treaty while the world’s biggest polluters (Russia and China) were given immunity.  I have news for you, these countries not signing on to the Arms Trade Treaty are the ones selling weapons to terrorists, drug dealers, gangs, and pirates.  Of course they’re abstaining and not getting involved in the debate on the UN Arms Trade Treaty!  Why would they do anything else?

So while their intentions were good, all the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty is going to accomplish is costing tax payers millions of dollars for another database they have to keep and jeopardizing the security of the homeland.

Anyway, the Senate Republicans voted to stop the UN Arms Trade Treaty unanimously.  Democrat Senators Begich, Donnelly, Hagan, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Manchin, Pryor, and Tester joined the Republican minority to deliver this victory for the 2nd Amendment.  Retiring New Jersey Senator Lautenberg didn’t vote.

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Kevin Tracy is an Air Force veteran, terrorism/counterterrorism expert, and jack of all trades. KTracy's day job is designing electrical systems for new fossil power plants and environmental solutions. On the side, he keeps a blog, fundraises for political candidates and the St. Baldrick's Foundation, writes and illustrates comic books, and studies foreign affairs in depth.

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