It’s widely known that the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), being negotiated as I type, is simply gun control by another name. Although it is being sold as a treaty to lessen the number of guns moving across borders illegally, it will ultimately require a national gun registry to be enforceable: perhaps even an international gun registry.
And while all of us should be contacting our Senators to demand they refuse to ratify this ridiculous treaty when it comes before them, it behooves us also to remind them (and ourselves) that the 2nd Amendment transcends any U.N. treaty at any time and any place in this country.
Our Founding Fathers recognized that part of our birthright as humans in general, but Americans in particular, is the possession of natural rights that cannot be controlled, denied, or otherwise constricted by a man-made government. They took pains to communicate this to us via the Bill of Rights, in which one of the rights they explicitly listed was the right to keep and bear arms.
According to the Founders, the right not only to keep arms but also to bear the arms we keep, “shall not be infringed.” Moreover, they held that this right, above and beyond all others, is “necessary to the security of a free state.”
Because this right transcends man-made governments, even the U.S. government, it most certainly transcends any treaty the U.N. can produce. This fact needs to pervade our psyches, as we need to be confident in the knowledge of the rights that are ours by birth.
The 2nd Amendment “shall not be infringed.”