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Kerry states US will sign UN arms regulation treaty despite legislative objection

Hugh Nelson (CC)

Hugh Nelson (CC)

Secretary of State John Kerry stated Monday that the Obama Administration intends to sign a U.N. treaty that would restrict trade of conventional weapons, despite opposition from the Senate. Fox News reports:

“We look forward to signing it as soon as the process of conforming the official translations is completed satisfactorily,” he said. Kerry called the treaty “an important contribution to efforts to stem the illicit trade in conventional weapons, which fuels conflict, empowers violent extremists, and contributes to violations of human rights.”

The treaty would require countries that ratify it to establish national regulations to control the transfer of conventional arms and components and to regulate arms brokers, but it will not explicitly control the domestic use of weapons in any country.

Still, gun-rights supporters on Capitol Hill warn the treaty could be used as the basis for additional gun regulations inside the U.S. and have threatened not to ratify.
Last week, 130 members of Congress signed a letter to Obama and Kerry urging them to reject the measure for this and other reasons.

Since ratification of a treaty will require a 2/3 vote from the Senate, it is unlikely that the administration will succeed in getting ratification. This by no means implies that gun rights activists should rest on their laurels on this issue. If the President decides to sign this treaty, everything possible must be done to guarantee that the Senate will not ratify it. As for when the treaty could be signed, it could be any time – either in the near future, or months from now.

Dick Morris gives his thoughts on how to save the Constitution

Below is the video of my interview with Dick Morris at an event in Chicago for Bill Kelly.  (I had really hoped to have this posted sooner, but sometimes technology is a bit… er… pain.)  Anyhow, throughout the event Mr. Morris was very down-to-earth and extremely accessible – he moved throughout the room with no pretense, talking extensively with anyone who came up to him.  My guess is, if someone were to walk into that room without knowing who the “big name” was supposed to be, they wouldn’t have been able to figure it out.

In this interview, I talked with Mr. Morris about the Constitution (naturally).  He gave me his recommendations for Constitutional amendments, his concerns about some international treaties that Congress will be considering this summer, and his thoughts on how the Constitution will affect the 2012 elections.

Whether you agree with Dick Morris or not he brings up a lot of thought provoking points, so this video is definitely worth a look.  Also, don’t forget to check out his new book – Screwed – which is coming out next month.