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Is Fast and Furious responsible for global Arms Trade Treaty?

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by Joseph Earnest  July 18, 2012                   


Newscast Media NEW YORKThe Arms Trade Treaty in which countries around the globe are expected to sign a pact that would regulate international trade in conventional weapons, will conclude July 27, in New York, and many American gun owners are not happy about it. The treaty would require governments to deny weapons transfers to countries that fit certain criteria, and to develop national laws and regulations, governing imports and exports.


There have been analysts who hypothesize that Fast and Furious was engineered to give birth to this particular Arms Trade Treaty, because the Obama administration is viewed as one that is against gun ownership by civilians. Those in support of the treaty argue that it would help curb the flow of weapons that fall in the hands of terrorists, warlords or those who violate human rights.


Opponents of the treaty argue that it would fall under Article VI of the United States Constitution, triggering the Supremacy Clause.  Americans would have to register their weapons in order for government to track them adequately, and the fear is that the subsequent action of an unfriendly administration toward guns would lead to an eventual banning of guns.  This would not happen suddenly, but incidents like Fast and Furious would create a phasing out of weapons. Operation Fast and Furious was an operation to shut down the trafficking of guns from the U.S. to Mexican drug cartels.


The Supremacy Clause provides that all treaties made under the authority of the United States, constitute the supreme law of the land as shown below:


Article VI U.S. Constitution - Supremacy Clause:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.


The National Rifle Association (NRA) says the treaty could be a threat to the Second Amendment, that guarantees the right to bear arms. However, Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association says the treaty will not affect the Second Amendment in any way, and will not require the U.S. to do anything.

"We're simply bringing other countries up to our standards. This treaty, in all likelihood, will not require the United States to do anything more than it is already doing."          Add Comments>> 







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