The below is an article written by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre in response to the recent signing by our administration of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. Like any statement made by the NRA it holds little back.
Originally published by the Daily Caller, www.dailycaller.com
The tyrants and dictators at the United Nations will stop at nothing to register, ban and, eventually, confiscate firearms owned by law-abiding Americans like you and me. The U.N. has been working for nearly 15 years to force its gun banning Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on the United States.
Now, thanks to President Barack Obama, they are closer than ever.
This past June, Obama helped the U.N. pass the ATT, thereby openly inviting the world’s worst human rights abusers to dictate gun policy here in the United States. Obama’s Secretary of State, John Kerry, excitedly announced that he and President Obama “look forward to signing it,” which has now been done.
By signing the U.N. gun-ban treaty our government will be placing a ticking time bomb at every American gun owners’ front door.
That’s because once a treaty like the ATT is signed, it never dies. Even if we prevent a two-thirds majority of the U.S. Senate from ratifying the ATT this year, next year or even the year after that, there is nothing to stop a future Senate from dusting off the treaty and ratifying it 10, 20 or even 50 years from now. The text of the treaty specifically states that it “shall be of unlimited duration.”
Despite the half-truths and outright lies coming from the Obama administration, the U.N. and its gun-ban allies in the media, the ATT would potentially create an international gun registration system that could eventually pave the way for the full-blown confiscation of firearms owned by American gun owners.
Specifically, Articles 8, 12 and 15 of the treaty would create international pressure (and the perfect excuse) for signatory nations to compile “records” of all gun owners who purchase firearms imported into their country—and then supply this sensitive private information to governments of exporting countries.
In other words, if you bought a shotgun made by an Italian gun maker, the U.S. government would have an obligation to the international community to keep a record of your purchase. Worse, it could be forced as a condition of continuing to receive exports of Italian firearms to provide this information to the Italian government. This would result in nothing less than international gun registration.
If the U.S. refused to take part in the U.N.’s international gun registry, other nations could potentially ban their domestic firearm manufacturers from exporting firearms to the United States. Considering imported firearms make up more than one-third of the new firearm market in the U.S., this could drive many foreign gun manufacturers out of business, significantly increase the cost of commonly used rifles, shotguns and handguns, and have an immediate and devastating impact on American gun owners.
Those who still believe the United Nations is a human rights organization with the best of intentions are kidding themselves. The U.N. doesn’t stop violence, murder and genocide. It catalogs it, documents it, forms commissions about it, and when the fire rages out of control, it calls the United States for help.
The U.N.’s driving mission is to accumulate power at the expense of the sovereignity of individual nations and fundamental individual rights, and its gun-ban treaty proves it.
After all, no human right known to mankind is more essential to a free and just society than the individual right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their loved ones in the face of criminal violence. That’s why our Founding Fathers enshrined this freedom in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and Samuel Adams knew that “liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are not possible without “life”—and that all too often life is not possible without the fundamental right to use a firearm in self-defense.
As NRA members, you and I are the brick wall standing between the United Nations and our Second Amendment freedoms. If the U.N. gun-ban treaty is ever signed and ratified into law, we may never get a second chance to save the Second Amendment.
So please, call your U.S. Senators and urge them to stand strong—publicly and defiantly—against the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. Recruit your fellow gun owners and patriotic friends and neighbors to join NRA and take an active role in this fight to protect our freedom and our sovereignty from this treacherous assault.