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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Obama Administration’s Decision To Sign U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

H/T Watcher
Thursday, May 16, 2013


“The Administration has clearly abbreviated this review process to a
meager six weeks… simply unheard of for a treaty of this significance
and scope. I am greatly disappointed at the lack of seriousness on the
part of the Administration to review the ATT before agreeing to sign it.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – author of S. Con.
Res. 7, the bipartisan resolution which makes clear a United Nations
Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that undermines constitutional freedoms of
American gun owners will not be ratified by the Senate – today responded
to Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman’s statement that the
United States will sign the ATT when it opens for signature on June 3, 2013.

This announcement comes on the heels of the Administration abandoning
its previous insistence on consensus by allowing a vote in the U.N.
General Assembly to pass the U.N. ATT.

    “This news is incredibly disappointing, given Assistant Secretary
Countryman has previously described the goals of the treaty as
‘ambiguous.’ Good treaties aren’t ambiguous, and our constitutional
rights are too important to be entrusted to a dangerous treaty drafted
by nations hostile to the ownership of firearms by private citizens.

    “Upon passage of the ATT at the U.N. General Assembly on April 2,
the Administration indicated it would begin an extensive and thorough
internal legal and policy review – a process typically requiring several
months. By already signaling a readiness to sign the Treaty, the
Administration has clearly abbreviated this review process to a meager
six weeks. This is simply unheard of for a treaty of this significance
and scope. I am greatly disappointed at the lack of seriousness on the
part of the Administration to review the ATT before agreeing to sign it.

    “The United States should ratify treaties only when they are in our
national interest, clear in their goals and language, respect our
sovereignty, and do not create any openings to infringe upon our
constitutional freedoms. The Arms Trade Treaty fails to meet any of
these tests, which is why I urge the President not to sign it, and why a
bipartisan coalition of 36 U.S. Senators will remain united in
opposition to ratification.”

Sen. Moran’s concurrent resolution, S. Con. Res. 7, is cosponsored by 35
U.S. Senators including: Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH),
John Barrasso (R-WY), Max Baucus (D-MT), John Boozman (R-AR), Richard
Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Thad Cochran (R-MS), John Cornyn (R-TX),
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Enzi
(R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Grassley (R-IA),
Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), John Hoeven (R-ND), James Inhofe
(R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Mike Lee (R-UT), Joe
Manchin (D-WV), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), Jim Risch (R-ID),
Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Tim Scott
(R-SC), John Thune (R-SD), Pat Toomey (R-PA), David Vitter (R-LA) and
Roger Wicker (R-MS).

S. Con. Res. 7 has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association,
Heritage Action, and the Endowment for Middle East Truth.

Click here to read S. Con. Res. 7 outlining criteria that must be met
for a U.N. ATT to be ratified by the Senate.

See This

https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Treaties.htm

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