Have you noticed how many shootings are being reported lately? Did you know there is a UN Arms Trade Treaty that will take effect this Christmas Eve? From Wikipedia:
The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is a multilateral treaty which has not entered into force that regulates the international trade in conventional weapons…
On 2 April 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted the ATT. The treaty has been signed by 122 states and has been ratified by 54. It will enter into force on 24 December 2014, having been ratified or acceded to by the requisite 50 states.
According to Wikipedia:
Conventional weapons include small arms and light weapons, sea and land mines, as well as (non-weapons of mass destruction) bombs, shells, rockets, missiles, and cluster munitions. These weapons use explosive material based on chemical energy, as opposed to nuclear energy in nuclear weapons.
The usurpation of our rights is always explained in a way that makes it sound like a good idea. The Wikipedia article quotes Snopes:
The Arms Trade Treaty obligates member states to monitor arms exports and ensure that weapons don’t cross existing arms embargoes or end up being used for human-rights abuses, including terrorism. Member states, with the assistance of the U.N., will put into place enforceable, standardized arms import and export regulations (much like those that already exist in the U.S.) and be expected to track the destination of exports to ensure they don’t end up in the wrong hands. Ideally, that means limiting the inflow of deadly weapons into places like Syria.
Isn’t that nice? Explosives won’t be going to places like Syria. However, from the treaty’s opponents:
Anti-gun treaty proponents continue to mislead the public, claiming the treaty would have no impact on American gun owners. That’s a bald-faced lie. For example, the most recent draft treaty includes export/import controls that would require officials in an importing country to collect information on the ‘end user’ of a firearm, keep the information for 20 years, and provide the information to the country from which the gun was exported. In other words, if you bought a Beretta shotgun, you would be an ‘end user’ and the U.S. government would have to keep a record of you and notify the Italian government about your purchase. That is gun registration. If the U.S. refuses to implement this data collection on law-abiding American gun owners, other nations might be required to ban the export of firearms to the U.S.
Maybe the treaty isn’t so nice. From Investors.com:
The Orwellian-named United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, which has disarmed none of the world’s tyrants or terrorists, has announced on its website that the ATT will take effect on Christmas Eve, a lump of coal in the stockings of anyone who believes, as our Founding Fathers did when they wrote the Second Amendment, that guns in the hands of private citizens are the best defense against predators, terrorists and, yes, tyrannical governments.
The Obama administration and its allies at the state and local level have gone after our Second Amendment gun rights through what they call “common-sense restrictions,” and it wouldn’t be beyond this president to seek to implement the treaty’s gun-control provisions with his phone and pen as he’s done with climate change.
Under the title of “General Implementation,” Article 5 of the ATT requires that all states participating in the treaty “shall establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list.”
Article 12 mandates that the list include the “quantity, value, model/type” as well as the identity of the “end users” of each weapon covered under the ATT.
As the Heritage Foundation notes, imported firearms, considered part of the “arms trade” to be regulated, constitute about 35% of the new firearms market in the U.S. This would subject private American gun owners to the provisions of the treaty, ratified or not.
A President with a pen, phone, and no respect for the Constitution is a dangerous thing. Add to the pen and phone the mainstream media. Are there really more shootings taking place? Or are we being programmed to insist upon having personal firearms taken away? Here are some quotes. You decide:
“The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.”
— George Orwell
“All news is lies and all propaganda is disguised as news.”
— Willy Munzenberg, Stalin’s propaganda chief
“The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”
— William Colby, former CIA director
“The media is a Counter-Intelligence organisation. The media backs every war. The role of the media and embedded historians is to surround the truth with a bodyguard of lies. “
— Greg Hallett