A last-minute push was made by the current President Obama to get the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty ratified by sending it to the Senate along with some remarks and with only one goal – to get them to stand on his side.
The controversial Arms Trade Treaty which seeks to regulate the annual exchange of $70 in conventional weaponry was transmitted to the Senate on Friday by President Obama.
The U.N General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty back in April 2013. Its main goal was to regulate the international conventional weapons trade which ranges from the smallest of guns to the biggest of warships. And although the U.S and 129 other countries signed the treaty, the Congress didn’t ratify it.
The Senate would have to pass the ATT with a two-thirds majority and at least 50 Senators went on record soon after Kerry’s action by sending the White House a bipartisan letter stating they would not sign the pact, leaving it to stagnate in the State Department.
It is pretty clear that Obama made a one last attempt to persuade the lawmakers to ratify the treaty.
“It will contribute to international peace and security, will strengthen the legitimate international trade in conventional arms, and is fully consistent with rights of U.S. citizens (including those secured by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution),” Said Obama on December 9th on his spin job to Congress.
According to Obama, the treaty’s main goal was going to be to stop the trade of weapons on the black market, such as weapons used “to carry About the world’s worst crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.”
Of course, Obama also stated that the treaty is “fully consistent with the domestic rights of U.S. citizens, including those guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.”
The National Rifle Association, threw a comment response on this subject back in Tuesday: The Obama Admin just sent the UN Arms Trade Treaty to the Senate, but it has nowhere to go but the trash.”
But what did you expect as this is how the case about the gun control agenda usually goes, however it is not what it claims to be about.
Even if the treaty should somehow navigate its way to approval by the Senate, individual states have chaffed at its tenets.
It seems like things won’t go so great about Obama’s last minute business. Remember, every time you’re skeptical of Obama’s motives remember the speech he made for the United Nations General Assembly team”:
“We can only realize the promise of this institution’s founding to replace the ravages of war with cooperation if powerful nations, like my own, accept constraints.
Sometimes I am criticized in my own country for professing a belief in international norms and multilateral institutions.
But I am convinced in the long run, giving up some freedom of action, not giving up our ability to protect ourselves or pursue our core interests, but binding ourselves to the international rules over the long-term enhances our security.”