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Will He Won’t He, Will He Won’t He, Will He Won’t He Sign The Bill?

Obama Urged to Sign Arms Trade Treaty Immediately

Advocacy groups here are stepping up a campaign to pressure President Barack Obama to quickly sign on to a new United Nations treaty aimed at regulating, for the first time, the international small-arms trade.

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), adopted by the U.N. in April following on years of preparation, opens for country signature on Monday. It passed with just three “no” votes, coming from Iran, North Korea and Syria, and will require the ratification of 50 countries to come into effect.

“The U.S. has said that it feels its export control system is one of the best in the world, and that it would like to see those standards replicated in the ATT,” Clare Da Silva, legal advisor on the ATT with Amnesty International, told IPS.

She says she is confident that the United States will sign on, though it most likely will not be on Monday.

“There is nothing in this treaty that requires the U.S. to do anything differently,” Rachel Stohl, a senior associate at the Stimson Center, a think tank here, said at a panel discussion Friday. “Rather, the issue here is simply the symbolism of saying that [the U.S.] is committed to this on an international level – that’s really important.”



Lawmakers urge Obama to reject UN international arms regulation treaty

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have banded together to urge President Obama not to sign a landmark international arms regulation treaty, as the U.N. measure opens for signature Monday.

The president has already voiced support for the treaty, which the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved on April 2. It would require countries that ratify it to establish national regulations to control the transfer of conventional arms and components and to regulate arms brokers, but it will not explicitly control the domestic use of weapons in any country.

Still, gun-rights supporters on Capitol Hill warn the treaty could be used as the basis for additional gun regulations inside the U.S.

Last week, 130 members of Congress signed a letter to Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry urging them to reject the measure for this and other reasons.

“As your review of the treaty continues, we strongly encourage your administration to recognize its textual, inherent and procedural flaws, to uphold our country’s constitutional protections of civilian firearms ownership, and to defend the sovereignty of the United States, and thus to decide not to sign this treaty,” the lawmakers wrote.

In truth, the Small Arms Treaty would have no power in the USA unless it was also ratified by the Senate. Which is highly unlikely. They really do like their jobs and their fancy homes. And such ratification would immediately cause about a third of the nation to feel it was suddenly at war with the UN. A good number of them feel that IOTUS signing the treaty would be an impeachable offense, completely unconstitutional (ie “what part of shall not be infringed don’t you understand??") and perhaps an act of treason. And I agree. Like the Law Of The Sea Treaty, and like Kyoto, the UN’s Small Arms Treaty is bad for freedom, and bad for America. Which is why the leftys love it. 

But it is just a tiny bit amusing to see how the various media networks show their true colors, running either Story A or Story B but not both.

Will he, won’t he, will he won’t he, will he won’t he sign the bill?


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