Senate votes 53-46 to stop US from joining UN Arms Trade Treaty

Left over from Saturday … Those handouts and wealth transfer gets costly real quick, and arms sales. Can’t have the peasants armed.

The Senate must Constitutionally pass all treaties. It takes a 2/3 majority, and does not supercede the US Constitution.

My own view is that some on the right were making far too big a deal of this treaty. It’s a fanciful notion that the UN could negotiate any treaty that threatened confiscation of the guns of US citizens without congressional approval, as some on the right claimed. I wonder what Afgahni’s will do, where will they get their steel. Since building guns is fairly easy, I suspect their arms dealers/makes will just carry on as usual. AK47s are about $50.

Nevertheless, the treaty is a shot across the bow of arms dealers — many of them US corporations.

The Hill:

In the last batch of amendment votes to the budget, the Senate voted on several foreign policy proposals.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53-46 vote.

Republicans have been critical of President Obama’s decision to consider the treaty, although Obama has said he would not vote for anything that would violate the Second Amendment.

“We’re negotiating a treaty that cedes our authority to have trade agreements with our allies in terms of trading arms,” Inhofe said. “This is probably the last time this year that you’ll be able to vote for your Second Amendment rights.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) offered an alternative amendment that clarified that under current U.S. law, treaties don’t trump the Constitution and that the United States should not agree to any arms treaty that violates the Second Amendment rights. His amendment passed by voice vote.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said he thought it was irresponsible to be considering major foreign policy decisions at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Leahy’s grandstanding aside, he makes valid points. Of course treaties don’t trump the Constitution. Whoever heard of such a thing?

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