Susanne Posel, Contributor
The UN International Arms Trade Treaty Conference (ATT) is wrapping up in New York, and their final draft is completed.
In 2009, Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, proudly announced that the Obama administration was in full support of the ATT. It was the intention of the US government to assist the UN in implementing and establishing “common international standards for the import, export, and transfer of conventional arms to help prevent the acquisition of arms by terrorists, criminals, and those who violate human rights or are subject to UN arms embargoes.”
Clinton stated that, “the United States is prepared to work hard for a strong international standard” concerning global gun control. “The United States is committed to actively pursuing a strong and robust treaty that contains the highest possible, legally binding standards for the international transfer of conventional weapons.”
With perfect globalist rhetoric, the UN claims that it is “not pursuing a global treaty to ban gun ownership by civilians.” But rather a “tightening controls over the international import, export and transfers of conventional arms, because without such controls it is easier for weapons to be diverted from the legal trade into the illegal market, and into the hands of terrorists, drug traffickers and criminal cartels.”
However, with the confirmation of the Fast and Furious scandal, it became clear that new new gun regulations were coming to America.
Trent Franks, Arizona House Representative commented to a House Judiciary committee in 2011 that:
If the American people learn that the motivations for all of this was to make a case to deprive them of their Second Amendment rights or to make a case to further the (Justice) department’s ability to further regulate gun rights within the United States, that would make them very angry. Clearly, an attempt to use Fast and Furious as a way to bolster the request for that long-gun regulation would have been foolhardy.
The Obama administration supports international regulation of all “advanced conventional weapons, including tanks, armored combat vehicles, artillery systems, military aircraft, military helicopters, naval vessels, missiles, missile launchers, small arms and light weapons, and combat support equipment. It should also include parts, components, and/or technology to manufacture, modify, or repair the covered items” as stated in the ATT.
When talks concerning the global gun grab began in 2010, the US claimed to
want a treaty that will prevent, or at least significantly impede, illicit trade in conventional weapons by reinforcing national commitments and supplementing those obligations, thereby elevating the degree to which the worldwide trade in conventional arms is conducted in a lawful, transparent, and accountable manner.
Indeed it was through seemingly lawful procurement that the Department of Justice (DoJ), as stated in a demand letter, required border-state gun stores to report multiple gun purchases by an individual in a 7-day period could be used to confuse the actual issue. US Attorney Dennis Burke wanted to connect the guns shipped to Mexican drug cartels to Fast and Furious, and ultimately introduce the “enforcing gun sale laws at (gun stores) and gun shows.”
Terry Gowdy, House Representative, said:
The federal government certainly aided and abetted gun trafficking, which then may very well have been the proximate cause of a border agent [Brian Terry’s] death.
Fast forward to the Batman shooting where James Holmes entered a crowded theater in complete SWAT gear (which consisted of a tactical armored vest, throat protector, groin protector, a gas mask and a ballistic helmet) and threw two gas canisters into the crowd while opening fire with an assault rifle, shotgun and a .40 caliber Glock pistol. The result: 12 people dead and 59 injured.
Immediately, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg decried to the public:
I mean, there’s so many murders with guns every day. It’s just gotta stop. . . No matter where you stand on the Second Amendment, no matter where you stand on guns, we have a right to hear from both of them, concretely, not just in generalities, specifically, what are they going to do about guns?
The Batman shooting prompted a nationwide dialogue about gun control, while the UN was putting the finishing touches on an international treaty that would eradicate the 2nd Amendment and disarm Americans, all in one fell swoop.
The cover story is that guns in the hands of violent criminals are dangerous. And potential criminals lurk around every corner. The claims that legal procurement of firearms is not part of the discussion are distracting from the truth of the matter.
The ATT clearly states that the UN, after Congressional ratification, will force the US government to:
- Enact internationally agreed licensing requirements for Americans.
- Confiscate and destroy unauthorized firearms of Americans while allowing the US government to keep theirs.
- Ban trade, sale and private ownership of semi-automatic guns.
- Create and mandate an international registry to organize an encompassing gun confiscation in America.
The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT), which was ratified by the US Senate in 1969 may be the loophole to allow Obama and Clinton to destroy the 2nd Amendment and enact international mandates on gun control in America after the treaty is signed by a member of the Obama administration (i.e. Clinton herself). That signature alone will implement the ATT within the domestic US regardless of a formal rejection by the current Senate.
The VCLT views international treaties above the laws of sovereign nations wherein disputes are directed to an international tribunal as defined by the Charter of the United Nations. Essentially, the UN will have the legal backing to force any nation that has signed a treaty to do their bidding; or face international mandates as recognized by the international community and not the individual laws or constitutions of independent countries.
In the final draft of the ATT, the establishment of a UN sanctioned “national control system” will regulate:
- Import and export of guns.
- Sale of small and light arms as based on relevance defined by the UN.
- Transfers of arms based on international agreements and obligations under the guise of protecting human rights, war crimes and breaches of the Geneva Convention of 1949, Article 3.
- Governmental permission prior to exportation of arms.
- Governmental record keeping of all arms transferred, imported, exported, and sold which is turned over to the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) annually.
The ISU will be an internationally appointed supervision department that controls all records concerning arms trade who also can force governments to implement international amendments and mandates as is or could be decided at a UN General Assembly meeting regarding the ATT.
A national enforcement department would be installed to prevent diversion from the ATT. However, this department would also readily assist individual implementation of the ATT should a country have trouble allocating their existing laws or regulations to the ATT.
The UN, under the ATT demands that all nations
offer or receive assistance, inter alia, through the United Nations international, regional, subregional or national organizations, non-governmental organizations or on a bi-lateral basis. Such assistance may include technical, financial, material and other forms of assistance as needed, upon request.
To join the ATT, world leaders need only accept or sign the treaty. Once signed or accepted, the ATT must be implemented within 30 days to ensure “transfer competence” with regard to changes in governmental structure that may occur due to the ATT. After the 30 day allotment, the UN expects the ATT to be in full control of all matters regarding arms control.
Nations, under the ATT, may take each other to a UN tribunal court to facilitate legal matters of dispute. That tribunal will interpret the ATT and negotiate between the parties.
In the end, the UN will govern the right of arms control, legal matters concerning arms control and the methods and means by which arms are allocated to individual nations.
Within the ATT, there is not one mention of the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans or even how the ATT may affect those rights. In fact, the provisions of the ATT are in contrary to existing laws and, if signed, would simply supersede laws in existence to conform to the international mandates proposed in the ATT. The ultimate goal of disarming Americans in clearly noted in its silence and ambiguous tone toward the sovereignty of nations that allow by Constitutional right that their citizens bear protective arms.
The UN’s complete disarmament of the entire world begins with the simple stroke of a pen.
Susanne Posel is the Chief Editor of Occupy Corporatism. Our alternative news site is dedicated to reporting the news as it actually happens; not as it is spun by the corporately funded mainstream media. You can find us on our Facebook page.
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