Small Arms Treaty Points to Big Problem

Wickedness (to use the old-fashioned, but entirely appropriate term) lies in people’s hearts–not in their gun cabinets. Nevertheless, the United Nations has determined that it will stop world conflicts by doing away with “small arms.” Apparently, everyone will get a stipend to work out and bulk up his/her biceps and triceps . . . oh, sorry, wrong arms. No, the United Nations wants to stop everyone (in certain categories), everywhere from access to firearms. John Lott gets it right:

According to the U.N., guns used in armed conflicts cause 300,000 deaths worldwide every year. Their proposed solution is a simple one. Keep rebels from getting guns by requiring that countries “prevent, combat and eradicate” what those countries define as “the illicit trade in small arms.”


Many countries already ban private gun ownership. Rwanda and Sierra Leone are two notable examples. Yet, with more than a million people hacked to death over the last decade-and-a-half, were their citizens better off without guns?

Hmm. Almost as though guns are not the real problem here.

[T]he treaty is a backdoor way to get more gun control laws adopted in the US. “After the treaty is approved and it comes into force, you will find out that it has this implication or that implication and it requires the Congress to adopt some measure that restricts ownership of firearms,” Former UN Ambassador John Bolton warns. “The [Obama] administration knows it cannot obtain this kind of legislation purely in a domestic context. … They will use an international agreement as an excuse to get domestically what they couldn’t otherwise.”

In addition, to keep track of guns, licensing and registration will be pushed, despite their complete failure to trace crime guns in the places in the US that have tried it or Canada.

“Hey, Junior. I know that the tractor’s out of gas, but would you crank it one more time? It might just start.”

The Small Arms Treaty is just a back door way for the Obama administration trying to force through gun control regulations.

For anyone to think otherwise is to ignore the “I don’t care how, but we need to get this done” approach which the Obama administration continues to take with just about every contentious policy issue at hand.