By John Velleco, Director of Federal Affairs | Gun Owners of America
President Obama is determined to eradicate the Second Amendment rights of
law-abiding American citizens.
In recent meetings with Mexican President Felipe Calderón, the American
President promised to urge the U.S. Senate to pass an international arms control
The treaty, cumbersomely titled the “Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and
Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related
Materials” (known by the acronym CIFTA), was signed by President Bill
Clinton, but never ratified by the Senate.
President Obama is hoping to capitalize on an increased Democrat majority and
push its quick ratification. The U.S. is one of four nations that have not
ratified the treaty.
If ratified and the U.S. is found not to be in compliance with any provisions
of the treaty -- such as a provision that would outlaw reloading ammunition
without a government license -- President Obama would be empowered to implement
regulations without Congressional approval.
Supporters of CIFTA claim the treaty is not a threat to the Second
Amendment, but only a “symbolic” gesture. But symbolic of what? That America
really is to blame for problems of violence and drug gangs in a foreign
country? That the American government can be pressed by a foreign country to
alter the Second Amendment?
If the kind of “change” that Obama wants is for the United States to take its
marching orders from third world countries regarding our gun rights, we’re in
The fact is, this treaty will do NOTHING to combat the violence in Mexico,
but it will go a LONG WAY toward eroding our ability to protect the right to
keep and bear arms through our elected officials.
Read the Opposing Views debate, "Are U.S. Gun Laws to Blame for Violence in Mexico?"