Posted: 07/27/2012 9:28 pm Updated: 07/28/2012 10:26 am
U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Fails On U.S. Opposition After
False NRA Gun Rights Threat
WASHINGTON -- One week after the Aurora, Colo., mass murder brought gun-control back to the forefront of political discourse, the Obama administration found itself faced with its first test on the issue -- and blinked.
An arms control treaty to regulate the $60 billion global business of illicit small arms trading that had worked its way through United Nations negotiating channels for several years came up at the final day of a U.N. global conference in New York on Friday. The U.S. joined Russia in objecting to a final version, with some diplomats and human rights advocates blaming the U.S. for the defeat.
As the Colorado [FALSE FLAG] slaughter put guns back on the agenda this week, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and 50 fellow senators [PATRIOTS] sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday, saying that they would vote against ratifying the treaty if it "restricts the rights of law-abiding American gun owners."
Moran, in a press release, quoted a National Rifle Association leader, who said members would "never surrender our right to keep and bear arms to the United Nations." Treaty opponent John Bolton, ex-President George W. Bush's ambassador to the U.N., wrote that gun-control advocates "hope to use restrictions on international gun sales to control gun sales at home."
Both ignore the legal principle that says no treaty can override the Constitution or U.S. laws. The Associated Press [ASSOCIATED PRESS FACT CHECK? LOL!] fact-checked
[HERE'S A REAL FACT-CHECK]claims by the NRA and Bolton on Friday and concluded their assertions were false [TRUE].
The NRA has been "spreading lies" [TELLING THE TRUTH] about the treaty, said Amnesty International spokeswoman Suzanne Trimel in an interview. "Basically, what they're saying is that the arms trade treaty will have some impact on domestic, Second Amendment gun rights. And that is just false [TRUE], completely false,"[TRUE, COMPLETELY TRUE]she said.