Former U.S. Senator and current Secretary of State John Kerry, is putting his foot down in favor of gun control with his statement that the U.S. and the Obama administration “welcomes” the United Nation’s arms control treaty, and are looking forward to signing off on it as early as this coming Monday.
According to the treaty, battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, missiles and missile launchers, small arms, warships and light weapons, are all being targeted.
In other words, just about every type of weapon will be banned, perhaps even those scrappy little aerial drones.
Both Republican and Democratic members of Congress are up in arms (pun intended) about the possible signing of the treaty, because they feel this treaty could lead to additional gun control measures in the U.S., considering Obama’s recent attempt to pass more control measures failed in the U.S. Senate.
“We look forward to signing it as soon as the process of conforming the official translations is completed satisfactorily,” he said. Kerry called the treaty “an important contribution to efforts to stem the illicit trade in conventional weapons, which fuels conflict, empowers violent extremists, and contributes to violations of human rights.” –Secretary John Kerry
One of those members who believes that “ceding America’s sovereign authority to international bureaucrats” to be unwise is Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis (R). The freshman Congressman has been one of the more defiant opponents to the President’s agenda, and has even been able to author and pass a bill in the House that would halt one of President Obama’s executive orders, and has called for an investigation into the recent IRS scandal.
DeSantis sent this statement over to the Shark Tank in response to the Kerry’s statement on the U.N. arms treaty-
“Ceding America’s sovereign authority to international bureaucrats is unwise, especially when it comes to issues regarding the Second Amendment. The Obama Administration should heed the majority of members of the House and Senate, as well as a majority of the American people, and stay away from the ATT.” –Rep. Ron DeSantis
According to a Fox News report the U.N. treaty would “require countries that ratify it to establish national regulations to control the transfer of conventional arms and components and to regulate arms brokers, but it will not explicitly control the domestic use of weapons in any country.”
But, even though two-thirds of the Senate would have to vote in favor of the treaty for it to be ratified-which most likely won’t happen, the gun lobby sees this as a stepping stoneShare and “Like” the story below and leave a comment. Follow The Shark Tank on Twitter and Facebook