Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was set to sign the U.N. Small Arms Treaty (ATT), which had to potential to nullify the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms. However, she did not sign it.
The process began in 2006 under President George W. Bush when the U.N. first proposed the treaty. However, the U.S. voted against it and the matter dropped there, at least as far as the Bush administration was concerned. After Barack Obama took office, the idea appealed to him and he re-opened the talks. Everything was going along swimmingly well, for Obama at any rate, until the news got out that Hillary was actually set to sign the treaty.
The NRA stepped up their efforts and got commitments from 58 U.S. Senators to vote against it if it came to the Senate. Then the Internet took over, and millions of Americans signed petitions against the treaty. They called their Senators and Representatives who pressured the administration.
According to a report by Forbes, “On June 29, 130 Republican House members sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary Clinton arguing that the proposed treaty infringes on the “fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms.” The letter charges that “…the U.N.’s actions to date indicate that the ATT is likely to pose significant threats to our national security, foreign policy, and economic interests as well as our constitutional rights.” The lawmakers adamantly insist that the U.S. Government has no right to support a treaty that violates the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
We the People spoke and Hillary did not sign it.
But we shouldn’t celebrate our victory for too long because this issue is not dead. Obama knows that if he pursues this further right now, it could truly kill any chance he has of re-election. So for now, he’ll most likely just let it lie. Once the election is over, and if he is indeed re-elected, he can and most likely will, take this up again and move forward as though nothing had ever happened.
In the meantime, the Senate is taking a few steps of its own. In a letter to concerned constituents, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) said, “I support Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) in his efforts to prevent any taxpayer funds from being expended in support of negotiation of this United Nations treaty. This year, I again joined many of my Senate colleagues in a letter to the President that expresses our strong opposition to the U.S. even being a party to negotiations about this treaty.”
As time goes on, the U.N. will continue to push this treaty and others at us that have the potential to destroy our sovereignty and invalidate our Constitution. We must remain vigilant and stay involved. Without the involvement of We the People, we are nothing more than sheep.