Second Amendment Congressional Watch

The ‘Potential’ U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

This time it’s not “Hillary signed United Nations Gun Ban Treaty”, and then “Obama’s efforts under the radar”.

Let me see if I have this straight.

This has been a POTENTIAL bill since 2000/2001

The last UN action was a “list of recommendations” in 2008. (Preparation?)

This so called treaty has yet to be put into print for the “Permanent Members” and “Temporary Voting Members” consideration.

In Oct 2009, the First Committee agreed to meet once again in 2012 to draw up a blueprint. (More Preparation?)

In Jan 2010 the US joined 152 other countries in endorsing the proposal.
Sec of State Clinton has pledged to push for Senate Ratification.

No real surprise there. Oh, sorry Hillary, but unless things have changed the Senate does NOT ratify treaties/proposals/resolutions.

And now, they have a “Preparatory Committee” meeting. Seems to me they have been preparing since 2000/2001.

It would be very interested in how this will be done LEGALLY and CONSTITUTIONALLY.

Lastly, even if this blueprint does get drafted in ‘12, , and is ultimately presented to the Senate after the arduous journey through the UN process, for it’s consent, does anyone really think it would get the 2/3 vote of those Senators present? Don’t forget, all Class 1 Senators are up for re-election in ‘12. But even if by some miracle the Senate did consent, Obama knows full well he would kill whatever chance he now has for re-election. So, this will not get to the Senate until after the 12 elections, if it gets there at all.

Assuming Obama does get re-elected and this hits his desk. He will still have the Senate to deal with. And once again, in ‘14, another two years time, one third of the Senate will be up for re-election.

This is a POTENTIAL Treaty that has yet to be put on paper.  It has been a potential treaty since 2000/2001. It may actually get to paper in 12 for the consideration of the UN members, but I doubt it.

Oh, and just to be clear. Urging your Senator to oppose this is futile at this time. Your Senator may not even be in office by the time the Senate is presented with this….if it is EVER presented with this.

UPDATE:

List of Senators who oppose the UN Small Arms Treaty. Those labeled as Class 1 are up for re-election in 2012.

Republican Senators
Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
John Barrasso (R-WY)     Class 1
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Scott Brown (R-MA)      Class 1
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Dan Coats (R-IN)
Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Bob Corker (R-TN) Class 1
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)      Class 1
Dean Heller (R-NV)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)      Class 1
James Inhofe (R-OK)
Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Jon Kyl (R-AZ)      Class 1 but states he will not seek another term.
Mike Lee (R-UT)
John McCain (R-AZ) Originally supported the Treaty.
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Jim Risch (R-ID)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Olympia Snowe (R-ME)      Class 1
John Thune (R-SD)
Pat Toomey (R-PA)
David Vitter (R-LA)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)      Class 1

Democratic Senators
Jon Testor (D-MT)      Class 1
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Mark Begich (D-AK)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)      Class 1
Max Baucas (D-MT)
Joe Manchin (D-WV)      Class 1
Mark Pryor (D-AR)
Robert Casey (D-PA)      Class 1
Mark Udall (D-CO)
Tom Udall (D-NM)
Jim Webb (D-VA)      Class 1
Mark Warner (D-VA)

That’s a grand total of 57 who oppose this Treaty. As we all know, 67 are needed to “Consent” to this Treaty.

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