U.S. Signs U.N. Arms Treaty Despite NRA, GOP Propaganda

| by Michael Allen
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Secretary of State John Kerry signed a U.N. treaty today that will ban the international sale of shipments of guns and other weapons to nations and regimes that promote acts of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.

The U.N. treaty also bans the export of conventional arms if they could be used in attacks on civilians, notes Fox News.

The only opposition to the treaty comes from North Korea, Iran, Syria, the NRA and several Republicans, who promise to block ratification of the treaty in the U.S. Senate.

A false rumor that has circulated the Internet for years claims this treaty will somehow infringe on the Second Amendment, which it does not.

Even Fox News states, "It will not explicitly control the domestic use of weapons in any country."

The UN treaty covers battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers small arms and light weapons.

War-torn countries such as the Congo and South Sudan will likely sign the treaty, along with U.S. allies.

However, the facts have not stopped GOP opposition, which is based on NRA misinformation.

Earlier this year, 130 Republican members of Congress signed a letter to President Obama and Kerry urging them to reject the treaty.

"The administration is wasting precious time trying to sign away our laws to the global community and unelected U.N. bureaucrats," Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) wrote in the letter to Kerry.

Much of the misinformation about the U.N. Treaty has come from the NRA, which started a robocall campaign back in 2009, reported UNDispatch.com.

In fact, the NRA has been using conspiracies about the U.N. to raise money for over a decade.

According to MediaMatters.org, the NRA wrote in 1997 to its members in a mailing:

We are just two steps away from an international treaty that could cost you and your family your rights and your guns.A multi-national cadre of gun-ban extremists is lobbying the United Nations, demanding... a virtual worldwide ban on firearms ownership... What would happen if the UN demands gun confiscation on American soil?

However, in an article for TheHill.com, Maj. Gen. Roger R. Blunt (Ret.) defended the U.N. treaty and attacked the "misinformation and distortions from the gun lobby... spread for fundraising purposes."

He also wrote: "The benefits of the treaty are clear. It will slow the flow of arms to those intent on killing our troops, make it harder for warlords to sow seeds of fear and instability, keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists, and have no impact on Second Amendment rights... What is not clear is how the NRA and their allies can risk undermining a treaty that would do all of that just to create a controversy that they can use to raise money."

Sources: TheHill.com, MediaMatters.org, UNDispatch.com, Fox News