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UN Member States Fail to Reach Agreement on Treaty to Regulate Global Arms Trade

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Member states failed to reach agreement Friday on a new U.N. treaty to regulate the multibillion dollar global arms trade, and some diplomats and supporters blamed the United States for triggering the unraveling of the monthlong negotiating conference.

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Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 8:44 pm

Let's make no mistake, this is NOT about the 2nd amendment rights that Americans take so seriously. This is about the international illegal arms trade --- one that is primarily supported by the US, Russia and China. But the profits have to be there or would there be such a flourishing trade. And profits are not always in cash. If you listen to General Wesley Clark retired in this video, you come to realise that some of the "profits" are as Clark said to "destabilise the Middle East, turn it upside down, put it under our [US] control".

"Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Cheney, . . . Project for a New American Century" ...
"clean up those old Soviet client states" ... "destabilise the Middle East, turn it upside down, put it under our [US] control..."

In order to do this, guns are needed.

From the article 'US Denies UN Arms Trade Treaty in Favor of Providing Weapons to Insurgents'---

"Ultimately with the US being the largest supplier of arms to terrorist organizations worldwide, it makes sense that they refused to sign the ATT. ..."

However, if the US is willing to destabilise other nations to get what they want, would they, or at least certain factions try to destabilise the US to get what they want? I refer to the multiple conspiracy theories out there --- some about Mr Obama trying to do away with the 2nd amendment, all brought to the fore, and repeated incessantly by the Republican/Teabaggers.

Mike Kelly (114)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 9:45 pm
The NRA was once the shooter's advocate. It has evolved into the arms manufacturers' lobbyist all of the nonsensical blather about 2nd amendment rights is designed to distract from this fact and bolster voter support by stoking the false fear that someone is coming for your gun. It's all about arms sales and on a far greater scale than sales in the U.S. It's a joke. The nimrod that demonstrate and vote for the NRA are the enablers of the terrorists and cartels, and they are duped into believing they are doing it for red, white and blue stars and stripes freedomlibertydemocracygodAmerica.

Susanne R (235)
Sunday July 29, 2012, 11:24 pm
According to USA Today:

"The powerful National Rifle Association in the U.S. has portrayed the treaty as a surrender of gun ownership rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. The politically controversial issue has re-emerged since last week's shooting at a Colorado cinema that killed 12 people.

But the draft treaty reaffirms "the sovereign right and responsibility of any state to regulate and control transfers of conventional arms that take place exclusively within its territory, pursuant to its own legal or constitutional systems." And it states clearly that the treaty's aim is to establish the highest standards "for regulating, or improving the regulation of the international trade in conventional arms" not domestic trade.

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of 51 senators threatened to oppose the treaty if it falls short in protecting Americans' constitutional right to bear arms. In a letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the senators expressed serious concerns with the draft treaty that has circulated at the United Nations, saying that it signals an expansion of gun control that would be unacceptable.

During negotiations, the United States objected to any requirement to report on exports of ammunition, and that remains out of the latest draft. It does call for every country to regulate the export of ammunition."

It seems that the powerful gun lobby in this country, and the Senators who live under its thumb, are able to influence decisions that affect the entire world by hiding behind the badly outdated second amendment. But, as Lynn mentioned, this is about the international illegal arms trade and does not threaten the right of an American to bear arms. The NRA is going to have to come up with some new material to justify this outrageous attempt to stop the regulation of the multibillion dollar global arms trade.

Great submission and great comments! Thanks, Lynn!

Lauren Berrizbeitia (68)
Monday July 30, 2012, 3:10 am
This is a big disappointment. Wonder what the US stated reason was for holding the treaty up? I read nothing in the article abut the NRA and wonder where I can get that info.

P A (117)
Monday July 30, 2012, 5:35 am
It makes me despair.

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday July 30, 2012, 7:02 am
It always comes down to the Godd****d almighty DOLLAR. Disgusting, disheartening, preverted and shameful.

Ellen m (215)
Monday July 30, 2012, 3:47 pm
Sad news....and the fact that the US wanted all 193 members to agree for it to be passed, which they knew would never happen, is such a transparent sham that i am ashamed, as well as left wondering once again how stupid do they think we and the rest of the world are?

Not exactly what we had in mind when we asked for more transparency in government, is it?

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 5:17 pm
Surprise, surprise.

Lynn Squance (235)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 12:25 am
Althoough this is not a specific attack on 2nd amendment rights, the draft does call for member states to put reasonable regulations in place. There is no need in a civilised society for ownersip of assault rifles by the general population, especially when there is no expectation of training or registration.

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