Dump Durbin in 2014

Editor:

Dr. Natalie J. Goldring, of Georgetown University, on June 25, told lobbyists concerned with the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty issue the National Rifle Association (NRA) and others have spread lies about the effect of the treaty on the right to keep and bear arms.

Goldring lamented “the simple truth is the ATT does not affect the domestic trade in weapons in the United States. It’s a treaty about international arms transfers, not sales within the United States.”

See the treaty yourself at: https://unoda-web.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/English7.pdf.

Some provisions of the treaty that would, despite Goldring’s assurances, immediately impact the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, are:

• Article 2 of the treaty defines the scope of the treaty’s prohibitions. The right to own, buy, sell, trade, or transfer all means of armed resistance, including handguns, is denied to civilians.

• Article 3 prohibits the “ammunition” for the conventional arms covered under Article 2.

• Article 4 prohibits all “parts and components” of weapons.

• Article 5 mandates all participating countries “shall establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list, and this list should apply the provisions of this Treaty to the broadest range of conventional arms.”

Goldring’s ‘simple truth’ seems to us to be yet another one of the distortions she accuses others of making.

The plain truth seems to be that, at the very least, this treaty is the camel getting its nose under the tent of American Constitutional gun rights.

Dick Durbin voted to pass this treaty. Let’s Dump Durbin in 2014.

Vince Koers

Danville

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