U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced the Second Amendment Sovereignty Act (S.2205), a bill that would protect the rights of American gun owners from the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. Over in the House, Rep. Ben Quayle (R-AZ) and Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) introduced the Second Amendment Sovereignty Act, H.R.5846. It doesn’t matter what you think of guns or gun control, the attempt to interfere with any enumerated right by foreign, unelected bureaucrats should chill any American’s blood.
The treaty would create an international body to police the sale and distribution of arms and ammunition both internationally and inside member nations. it would also set up a compensation fund for gun violence victims — yet another attempt to open another revenue stream from the United States to the UN. The bill introduced would,
No funds may be obligated or expended to use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States, in connection with negotiations for a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, to restrict in any way the rights of United States citizens under the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States, or to otherwise regulate domestic manufacture, assembly, possession, use, transfer, or purchase of firearms, ammunition, or related items, including small arms, light weapons, or related materials.
Meanwhile, the United Nations is attempting to push through modifications to the treaty that deregulated international communications. Russia, China, and other autocratic regimes hope to wrest more control of the internet from multi-stakeholder process and shift them to the United Nation’s International Telecommunications Union, where an unelected and corrupt bureaucracy could them dictate “fairness” (which would, I’m sure, have nothing to do with restricting speech and political expression…no…)
Richard Beaird, Senior Deputy United States Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in the State Department is on record, saying, “We have made this point repeatedly, and we will continue to make it,” said Beaird. “The United Nations and the ITU can do many things, and they can do those things effectively and importantly. In the areas of development, in the areas of training as a forum of discussion for international policy matters, and [in] the case of the ITU of course, preemintently, in the area of spectrum allocation and management on an international basis. But managing the Internet is certainly not one of the U.N.’s roles.”
Of course, there may be some cause to worry if this is the positon of everyone involved in the negotiations…