WASHINGTON – The Obama administration may have supported the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, and members of the international forum may have adopted it, but an opponent, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., is declaring victory, saying, “I am absolutely certain the Senate will not ratify” the plan.
That’s because the Constitution requires a two-thirds supermajority approval for ratification of a treaty, and Inhofe has gathered agreement from dozens of other senators who say they will not support it.
Inhofe, who authored “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future,” told WND in an interview there now are 53 senators opposed to more federal and international restrictions on private firearms ownership.
On the Saturday before the congressional Easter recess, where the Senate passed its first budget in four years, Inhofe “introduced and passed an amendment that did two things. First, [it] prevented any type of federal gun control restrictions and secondly, would preclude us from ratifying the ATT.”
Inhofe’s amendment was supported by “all the Republicans, plus eight Democrats,” he said.
That’s a strong indicator that when the vote for ratification of the ATT eventually might come, it will not collected the required support.
The eight supporting Democrats were Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.; Kay Hagen, D-N.C.; Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Mark Pryor, D-Ark.; and Jon Tester, D-Mont.
Inhofe said the treaty “starts with the regulation of small arms…and the end user which is the gun owner” and ultimately the U.N. would want to regulate which arms American citizens can purchase.
He said the treaty would be disastrous for American foreign policy as “this treaty would require us to go to the U.N. first, before we could trade arms with Israel” or any other country.
He said, “Such a treaty would require the United States to implement laws as required by the treaty, instead of the national controls that are currently in place. This would also disrupt diplomatic and national security efforts by preventing our government from assisting allies like Taiwan, South Korea, or Israel when they require assistance.”
This point, Inhofe felt, “was one of the more forceful points I made in getting the 53 votes.”
When asked by WND if the senator thinks the president would work with the United Nations to disarm Americans, Inhofe said, “I am sure he will. The president will do anything he can to join in with the United Nations.”
Inhofe cited the president’s decision to travel to Colorado to advocate for more gun control as part of his ideological alliance with the United Nations.
“His happiest days are when he is in front of the United Nations,” Inhofe added, saying that he does these types of things to advance “an internationalist agenda.”
“He wants to erode our sovereignty and he does it every day. I cannot think of one U.N. treaty that he has not supported.”
The senator said, “Liberals are all for the internationalist agenda” but the real concern over the treat was that it would erode national sovereignty and reduce the U.N.’s accountability.
“John Kerry is the same way,” Inhofe continued, citing how he was one of three senators to not vote for Kerry during his confirmation process for his position as secretary of state.
Inhofe called on Americans to be aware that “this is a battle that we have to recognize and fight” to preserve American national sovereignty.
However, the battle for the Second Amendment remains unfinished.
He has warned of the possibility of a developing gun registry, saying, “Ongoing efforts by my colleagues in Congress to further restrict gun rights is leading us down a slippery slope towards a national firearm registry.”
And in continuing the fight for the Second Amendment, Inhofe last week announced that he would join Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Ted Cruz, R-Texas; and Mike Lee, R-Utah, to filibuster any legislation that increases restrictions on the Second Amendment.
He said, “Instead of promoting legislation that will only infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens, the president should focus on enforcing the laws that are already in place. As the president looks to rush gun-control legislation through Congress, I will continue to work with my colleagues Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio to protect and preserve the constitutional rights of Americans.”