Really, Politico?

Really, Politico? August 28, 2011

It’s bad enough that the Worldnutdaily gives Chuck Norris a weekly column, but Politico? Seriously? Yep. And it’s the same ignorant nonsense we’ve gotten used to already. This one is all about how Obama has a secret plot to get your guns.

It’s been said that guns have two enemies – rust and politicians. Rust never sleeps, and neither do those who would seek to restrict our constitutional rights. So let me tell you about a meeting you weren’t invited to, where those people were planning an attack on our rights that’s very much “under the radar.”

It happened in July at the United Nations headquarters in New York, at a meeting to draft of what they call the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.

Ooh, the U.N. too. The U.N. is coming to get your guns, probably using those famous markings on the backs of our road signs to find their way to your trailer park. Or maybe hitching a ride with all those Chinese troops that have forever been massing on the Mexican border, ready at a moment’s notice to take over the country. Or maybe even with those 100 million Muslims the Obama administration is planning to import before the 2012 election to make sure Obama wins. Isn’t right wing paranoia fun?

An Arms Trade Treaty doesn’t sound bad in concept — isn’t that what the U.N is for? The problem, however, is what U.N. diplomats consider to be “arms.” To you and me, the word means tanks, fighter jets, missiles, that kind of thing. But look no further than the U.N. plaza to see what the silk-stocking set considers “arms.” There you will find a bronze statue of a simple .38 revolver — with its barrel tied into a knot.

Yeah, those crazy people actually think guns are arms! Except that 90 percent of all civilian casualties in conflicts around the world are caused by small arms. The problem here isn’t individual gun ownership in the United States, it’s large-scale trafficking in guns overseas in areas where there is strife and conflict.

What’s ironic is that the United States already has the world’s preeminent system for regulation of true military arms sales. If the rest of the world merely adopted the U.S. regulatory regime, there would be no need for an Arms Trade Treaty.

Wow, the sky must be bright on Planet Wingnuttia. The U.S. government and American companies sell 40% of all the world’s weapons — and that’s just the official sales from defense contractors, approved by the federal government. The illicit small arms trade, at which this UN treaty is aimed, is a booming business over which our government exercises little control, probably by choice.

More importantly, Norris doesn’t even seem to understand how treaties become law in this country.

For an administration with a secretive itch for gun control, the situation is ideal. They can let the United Nations do the dirty work of drafting onerous new restrictions on civilian firearms, then package them inside a treaty with legitimate measures to control true military armaments.

The U.N. has scheduled the treaty to be finished in July of next year — just in time to go to the Obama White House for ratification.

Uh, Chuck. Presidents don’t ratify treaties, the Senate does. And by your own admission, the Senate isn’t going to ratify this one:

ifty-eight senators have now called out the president on his plan. Led by Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), 45 Republicans and 13 Democrats have written two strong letters —one from members of each party — to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. All the senators have vowed to oppose any treaty that restricts civilian firearm ownership.

Nowhere in this article is any language from the draft treaty itself that indicates that it would have any effect at all on domestic gun ownership in the United States. But that’s the sort of substanceless paranoia we’ve gotten used to from the right.

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