Trump Pulls U.S. Out of United Nations Arms Treaty
While speaking to the NRA in Indianapolis on Friday, President Trump stated that he was going to pull the U.S. out of the United Nations Arms Treaty. Obama had signed the United States up for it, but it was never ratified. China and Russia are not signatories of this treaty. There are some good reasons why the United States should not be involved in this treaty.
“Under my administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone. We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedoms.” President Trump, 4-26-2019
The President said that he will be submitting the formal paperwork to the UN in the “coming days.” He signed the paper to direct the Senate to top ratification proceedings at the NRA meeting. He also didn’t tell the NRA leadership about the withdrawal, saying,
“I didn’t even tell ’em about it. So they’re listening in this big room and they’re saying ‘I wonder what he’s going to do?’ The good thing with me: You never know.” President Trump
The treaty’s objective was to prevent terrorists from getting hold of small arms and other weapons on the international market. The United States is the number one arms dealer in the world; Russia is number 2 and China number 3. But the way it is written was an encroachment not only on sovereignty, but common sense. Here’s an example:
The Treaty has this clause:
Under the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA), governments agreed to improve national small arms laws, import/export controls, and stockpile management – and to engage in cooperation and assistance.
In 2005 they also adopted the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), which requires States to ensure that weapons are properly marked and that records are kept. Moreover, it provides a framework for cooperation in weapons tracing – fulfilling one of the commitments governments made in the Programme of Action. Improving weapons tracing is now part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The United States is the only country in the world with the Second Amendment. Allowing the United Nations to dictate our laws on firearms would be a giant mistake, one that Obama was hoping Senate legislators would fall for. They didn’t.
“The U.S. already has significant controls in place to regulate our arms transfers. Other countries do not.” Trump administration official
The treaty also regulates ammunition and requires specific kinds of markings to “achieve safety.”
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is another issue that is defined in the treaty. It states:
Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
Sounds a lot like AOC, doesn’t it? But hooking the United Nations Arms treaty to Agenda 2030, was a recipe for the US to lose on all fronts.
Naturally, Democrats and other critics are saying that this move “makes the world less safe,” and accused him of being “afraid of the NRA.” (A ludicrous thought). But pulling us out of the treaty makes no effect at all. None. Only 100 countries have ratified the treaty out of 193 member countries, and about 24 others have signed but not ratified it. It encroaches on the sovereignty of nations by requiring government to follow the dictates of the United Nations.
Thank you, President Trump.