Elder Patriot – Opinion – Yesterday, President Trump delivered some exceptional remarks while addressing the National Rifle Association 148th Convention at the Indiana Convention Center.
Among the most significant of those remarks was the president’s announcement that he was withdrawing from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that had morphed during the Obama years into a backdoor attempt to nullify the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
Negotiations had begun in 2006 while George W. Bush was still president with an original intent to prohibit arms transfers to regimes that violated human rights.
As with everything the left gets its hands on, gun control groups looked upon the treaty as a means to conduct an end run around America’s Second Amendment.
Obama’s plan was fairly simple: if Congress and the state legislatures wouldn’t pass gun control, get the U.N. to make it a permanent part of international law.
Yesterday, President Trump put an end to Obama’s unconstitutional usurpation of both our sovereignty and termination of our Second Amendment protections.
Today, I’m proud to announce another historic step to protect your Second Amendment rights. And I didn’t tell Chris and Wayne and Oliver; I didn’t even tell them about it. So they’re listening in this big room someplace, and they’re saying,
“I wonder what he’s going to do.”
The good thing with me: You never know. You never know. That’s why we’re making trade deals that are so good for our country.
So, in the last administration, President Obama signed the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. And in his waning days in office, he sent the treaty to the Senate to begin the ratification process.
This treaty threatened your subjugate — and you know exactly what’s going on here — your rights and your constitutional and international rules and restrictions and regulations.
Under my administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone. We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedom. And that is why my administration will never ratify the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. I hope you’re happy.
And I am officially announcing today that the United States will be revoking the effect of America’s signature from this badly misguided [agreement]. We’re taking our signature back. The United Nations will soon receive a formal notice that America is rejecting this treaty.
The president holds up the folio with the order to withdraw as the crowd roars with approval.
As part of this decision, I will sign right now, in front of a lot of witnesses — a lot — it’s a lot of witnesses — a message asking the Senate to discontinue the treaty ratification process and to return the now-rejected treaty right back to me, in the Oval Office, where I will dispose of it.
By taking these actions, we are reaffirming that American liberty is sacred and that American citizens live by American laws, not the laws of foreign countries. Thank you.
President Trump then signs the order.