Senate Shoots Down Obama’s UN Arms Treaty

by John Hawkins | October 17, 2013 8:04 am

Obama may be claiming that Obamacare is settled law, but he certainly doesn’t believe that about the second Amendment. Anything he can do to roll that back, he’s going to try. That’s why his administration signed on to the UN ARMS treaty. Fortunately, for us, for a treaty to take effect, it needs 2/3 of the Senate to sign on.


He’s not getting it.[2]

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter today to the White House, along with 49 other senators and 181 members of the U.S. House, urging the president to notify the U.N. that the United States does not plan on ratifying the controversial Arms Trade Treaty, which seeks to regulate the world’s annual exchange of $70 billion in conventional weaponry.

Despite the fact Secretary of State John Kerry has signed the agreement and President Obama strongly backs it, the ultimate decision on whether it is adopted by the U.S. falls to the Senate, which must pass it by a two-thirds majority.

Given that 50 senators have promised to vote against the ATT, it’s pretty much dead in the water and that was the essence of Manchin’s letter.

“As members of the Senate, we pledge to oppose the ratification of this treaty, and we give notice that we do not regard the U.S. as bound to uphold its object and purpose,” stated the bipartisan letter.

Not so long ago, Democrats were pushing for gun control and Joe Manchin was leaving the door open to signing on to it. But conservatives refused to budge despite the fact that some Republicans wanted to cave in and not only did they win the day, they won with the public. So now, not only is Obama’s UN Gun Treaty dead on arrival, Joe Manchin’s dying to be seen as the one leading the fight against it.

It’s amazing how many good things happen when you show a little courage.

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