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Can the U.N. Gun Treaty Trump the Constitution?


1. Treaty or Constitution?
2. The Facts
3. Does ratification matter?
4. Conclusion
5. What, me worry?
(Treaty's goals according to U.N.)


1. Treaty or Constitution?

It shouldn't, and the U.S. Senate won't ratify it (67 votes would be needed), but too many people in government would like to see international control over us, a main goal of the U.N. I'm not happy with the state of affairs I've described below, but all this will come to play and we don't want to be blindsided.

The bottom line is that the treaty will hold sway to the extent those in power can manage it. The media may lead the charge to hold the treaty out as a proper norm, and to declare America out of global compliance, even though it's only a proposal. And it gets more complicated.

Even if Hillary or Mr. Obama "sign" the proposed treaty, that has no legal weight, and it does not mean the treaty is signed and adopted and a matter of law (though I suspect the "news" media and the left may claim otherwise, forever). They'll invoke the Vienna Convention (below) for support.

Remember, the U.N. General Assembly must get the proposal and vote on it, though there is no number of votes needed to pass it per se. It exists in the ether forever, a convenient way to run an organization, eh?

We find out what's actually in the secret thing on July 27, if all goes as planned. It's not impossible that the negotiators will fail to come to agreement and nothing will be released. That sort of politicking is always a tool.

For now, we wait.


2. The Facts

Could the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, now being discussed in New York City with an expected wrap-up date on July 27, 2012, really infringe the Second Amendment?

Maybe so.

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