This Thursday, GOP Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas delved into the usual United Nations conspiracy theories, claiming they are a tyrannical organization that’s planning to confiscate the guns of law-abiding Americans.
“The right to keep and bear arms is granted by God and protected from government aggression by the Constitution,” he said in a statement. “It is not subject to the whims of global totalitarians massed in New York City. I oppose any UN treaty touching the right to keep and bear arms. It’s beyond time for the United States to withdraw from the UN.”
The statement coincided with Stockman’s endorsement of a letter that opposes the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, an international effort to crack down on the black market trade of military weapons.
Voting with 153 other nations, the United States agreed to approve the treaty in April, but it still needs to be ratified by the U.S. Senate before President Barack Obama can sign it.
Fringe gun activists have long grasped onto the conspiracy theory that the treaty is actually a secret plot to enact new gun control laws in the United States. Senate Republicans have vowed to block the treaty.
The treaty states that it is “the exclusive right of States to regulate internal transfers of arms and national ownership, including through constitutional protections on private ownership,” clearly meaning it will not affect any country’s domestic gun laws.