The United States is unique in its approach to guns and gun control. While most nations treat it as some kind of privilege, regardless of what their constitutions might say, they don’t believe the right to keep and bear arms is sacrosanct like we do (mostly) – we don’t. It’s a right, and as a nation, we’ve generally respected that fact.
That’s a big chunk of the reason I can never be comfortable with any kind of international treaty about guns. Sure, you can tell companies they can’t sell guns to these Very Bad People (TM), and I’m probably not going to lose much sleep, but a treaty that dictates the entire arms trade? Yeah, that’s not good.
Luckily, the last attempt at such a treaty was during the Obama era, and the Senate refused to ratify it, killing US involvement in the treaty. It’s a good thing we don’t have to worry about that anymore.
State Department official William Malzahn spoke August 31, 2021, at the Seventh Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty and made clear the Biden Administration is committed to international gun control.
An NRA-ILA transcript of Malzahn’s speech, obtained by Breitbart News, shows an emphatic emphasis on international gun control and specific, repeated mention, of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).
Malzahn’s opening comments:
I have come from Washington D.C. this week to take the floor on the agenda item Treaty Universalization to underscore the continuing commitment of the United States to responsible international trade in conventional arms. The United States has long supported strong and effective national controls on the international transfer of conventional arms, and the Arms Trade Treaty is an important tool from promoting those controls internationally.
He spoke about the Conventional Arms Transfer Policy (CAT), the current guiding policy for “arms transfers,” noting that the Biden Administration has been working to strengthen CAT. He stressed that the changes in CAT were guided by “respect for international law and human rights and U.S. national security interests in arms transfers.”
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m less than thrilled by the international community commenting on arms sales at all. See, once you let the camel’s nose in under the tent, it’s not long before you end up with the whole camel. It may start with a treaty that focuses on exports, but how long until the international community decides they should get a say in how arms are traded here within our borders?
Keep in mind just how critical folks in other countries tend to be when it comes to the Second Amendment.
Frankly, I don’t want anyone poking their nose in our business. The easiest way to do that is to not allow them the opportunity in the first place, especially since some of the verbiage sounds tame until you realize it requires records to be kept of who bought what imported firearm.
It might be good for American gun makers but not for the firearm community as a whole.
Which, of course, is probably why the Biden administration is completely and totally in love with it. They can create gun control under the guise of trying to promote world peace.
Luckily, we’re not that gullible.