The State Department defines the Arms Trade Treaty as “is a multilateral treaty to regulate the international trade in conventional arms. The Treaty was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on April 2, 2013 and opened for signature on June 3, 2013.” The treaty, which has been signed by 122 member-states and ratified by 54, includes nations like Albania, Argentina, Jamaica, the United Kingdom, and Slovenia.
Not included among the 54 nations that have ratified the treaty is the United States. Given that it’s a “multilateral treaty” that will “regulate the . . . trade in conventional arms,” it’s no small wonder why. But since the words often have more than one syllable and invoke shadowy government agencies, that congress hasn’t and probably won’t ratify it hasn’t stopped conspiracy mongers like Larry Pratt of the Gun Owners of America.
Pratt argued on America’s Forum that even though the Congress wouldn’t pass it, President Obama might with his “pen and phone.” Stating that Obama may use the pretenses of “norming” once enough nations signed on, Pratt claimed Obama would make it law. In this fanciful world, the United Nations would be loading up into black helicopters to swoop in during the middle of the night to steal people’s guns from their homes.
According to Pratt, once it’s international law, “we must comply, we must impose the registration and tracking of guns.”
Even when it was pointed out that he was wrong about international law (the Supreme Court ruled in Reid v. Covert that the Constitution supersedes all international treaties), Pratt continued to lie, falling back to the “pen and a phone” claim and stating that the Supreme Court didn’t consider that the President would do “whatever he bloody well wants to.” Like every conspiracy lunatic caught chasing his tautological tail, he insisted that Obama would use “international community agreement” to enact the provisions, with the rational behind it being that Obama:
Clearly doesn’t like the fact that the American people can own guns, because we might just want to use them to keep people like him from becoming tyrants.
Nothing is quite like an empty, passive-aggressive threat to overthrow the country.
Despite all evidence to the contrary — six years of Obama’s presidency, without him making any move to impose gun registration even after classrooms filled with children were senselessly gunned down — I’m left to conclude that Pratt is nothing more than a damned liar. This isn’t even rhetoric, these are straight up lies.
Pratt is just that — a prat. He’s so far right that his Overton Window took a screaming swan dive off the crypto-fascist cliff a long time ago. Back here in the real world, this treaty, like most United Nations treaties, would save lives in a number of humanitarian crises worldwide:
Every day up to 2,000 people die from armed violence. Countless more lives are devastated by the use of weapons in conflict zones. The situation in South Sudan is just one example of why there is an urgent need for the ATT. In the world’s newest country, thousands of lives have already been lost this year and nearly 2 million people have fled their homes – yet more and more weapons flood into the country each day, fueling the violence. Many people are anxious to return home in spite of the humanitarian crisis, but fear for their safety because gross human rights violations – ethnic killings, rape, revenge attacks and the targeting of children – are taking place each day.
“The targeting of children.” How many pro-lifers do you think are standing with this prat, by the way?
You can listen to his remarks below: