US Senate Votes To Uphold Second Amendment In Face Of UN Arms Trade Treaty


The United States Senate passed an amendment to the budget bill sponsored by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) in the pre-dawn hours on Saturday, which was a measure "to uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty." The vote was 53-46.

"We're negotiating a treaty that cedes our authority to have trade agreements with our allies in terms of trading arms," Inhofe said. "This is probably the last time this year that you'll be able to vote for your Second Amendment rights."

Inhofe even received some support from Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) who offered an alternative amendment that clarified that under U.S. law, treaties do not trump the U.S. Constitution and that the U.S. should not agree to any arms treaty that violates the Second Amendment, though I don't know how he squares that with members of his own party violating the Second Amendment. His amendment passed by a voice vote.

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who is the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, said that he thought it was irresponsible to be considering major foreign policy decisions at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. No one is surprised as Menendez probably wishes he was back down in the Dominican Republic at 3 a.m. on a Saturday morning engaging underage prostitutes in a little "foreign policy."

Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) has a resolution pending before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that declares that it is the sense of Congress that:

"The President should not sign the Arms Trade Treaty, and that, if he transmits the treaty with his signature to the Senate, the Senate should not ratify the Arms Trade Treaty; and

until the Arms Trade Treaty has been signed by the President, received the advice and consent of the Senate, and has been the subject of implementing legislation by Congress, no Federal funds should be appropriated or authorized to implement the Arms Trade Treaty, or any similar agreement, or to conduct activities relevant to the Arms Trade Treaty, or any similar agreement."

Senator Mike Kelly (R-PA) offered a companion measure in the House.

Both of these measures declare that the ATT "poses significant risks to the national security, foreign policy, and economic interests of the United States as well as to the constitutional rights of United States citizens and United States sovereignty" and that it "fails to expressly recognize the fundamental, individual right to keep and to bear arms and the individual right of personal self-defense, as well as the legitimacy of hunting, sports shooting, and other lawful activities pertaining to the private ownership of firearms and related materials, and thus risks infringing on freedoms protected by the Second Amendment."

Joe Wolverton at The New American writes,

As The New American has reported from the United Nations last week, negotiators at the Arms Trade Treaty conference, are planning to effectively repeal the Second Amendment by replacing the Constitution with the UN Charter and by replacing God with government as the source of all rights, including the right to keep and bear arms.

Principally, this treaty would eradicate the Second Amendment in two ways: First, by mandating that state signatories create a registry of gun owners, manufacturers, sellers, and traders; second, by making it nearly impossible for civilians to purchase ammunition.

The most egregious affront to the sovereignty of the United States is that there is not a single word in the Arms Trade Treaty protecting the unalienable right to keep and bear arms. In fact, the latest draft of the proposed agreement only recognizes private ownership of firearms for "recreational, cultural, historical, and sporting activities." This is a significant and unacceptable infringement on the rights protected by the Second Amendment.

In truth, however, Americans needn't to look to an unaccountable, unelected body of globalist bureaucrats for reaffirmation of the rights already guaranteed by our Constitution.

The ATT negotiation are scheduled to wrap up on March 28. If the U.S. delegation agrees to participate in the agreement, which they have been instructed to do by Barack Obama, the treaty would be sent to the Senate for consideration. This is why the move on the Senate's part is a good move.

The Hill reports of all amendments put forth, those that failed and those that passed. Among those amendments that passed were these:

- Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) amendment 577, to ensure funding for air traffic controllers

- Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) amendment 593, to address Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fees.

- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) amendment 353, to add funding for rural broadband.

- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) amendment 479, to add provisions on financial aid award letters.

- Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) amendment 499, for Energy research and development to comply with greenhouse gas rules.

- Sen. Lisa Murkowski amendment 672, to provide fishery assistance.

- Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) amendment 655, to support tribal education programs.

- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) amendment 525, to increase biomedical research at the National Institute of Health.

There were some good amendments too, these just weren't some of them. Call and thank the Senators who supported Senator Inhofe's amendment and call the other Senators and let them know you are looking to remove them from their seat when they are up for re-election.

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  • Ianmacfarlane

    Since the treaty was designed to stop the flow of arms in international shipments to Al Qaeda, the Somalia pirates, the Taliban, and other terror groups, why are the senators who voted against this treaty supporting terror organizations? Nothing in the treaty affects domestic firearms ownership or trade, it is just international gun running.

    Is the NRA now an arm of Al Qaeda?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Dupont/736557700 Joseph Dupont

    All freedom loving Americans should recognize the risky actions of the following Democrat Senators:Sen. Begich (D-AK) , Sen. Hagan NC, Sen. Heinrich (D-NM), Sen. Heitkamp (D-ND),Sen. Manchin WV,Sen. Pryor Arkansas, Sen. Ester Mt. and Sen. Donnelly (D-IN)! These 8 courageous Democrat Senators broke ranks from their fellow Democrats and Pres. Obama to help preserve your 2nd Amendment rights and not surrender them to the United Nations. In a vote of 53 to 46 we escaped the most important step of the New World Order of the Bushes, Clinton and Obama needed for a complete take over. History and writing of our founding fathers tells us that the ONLY thing that stands between all of our freedoms and a totalitarian regime is the people's guns.

    • disqus_rok6W6Svu7

      What are you rambling about?
      Those Dems broke ranks because they knew they'd lose their next election if they didn't

  • Jude O'Connor

    Well guess who has the majority in the Senate? Keep listening to them and before long we'll have police and Army with the blue helmets.

  • twgauctions

    46 traitors: 2 independents and 44 democrats. They wish to make the citizens of this country as defenseless as a baby in the womb.

    "Never trust a government that doesn’t trust its own citizens with guns."
    – Benjamin Franklin

    • WILLIAM STANCIL

      ASK OUR NATIVE INDIANS ABOUT TAKING OUR WEAPONS....TRAILS OF TEARS...REMEMBER AND GET THOSE SENATORS WHO VOTED YES OUT OF OFFICE...CB

  • ALHL

    The Tea Party needs to pound ALL 46 that voted for the UN arms treaty. They must be voted out.

  • ALHL

    Forty-six is a huge number of traitors that voted for the treaty.

    • Robert McDonald

      And traitors they are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kay-F-Ferguson/1611135655 Kay F. Ferguson

    Appears to be a whole bunch of demorat traitors in the mix, so make sure to pass around the names of all anti-American voters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lewis.steavenson Lewis A. Steavenson

    To all the senators out there standing against Gun control I solute you and raise a glass to you! Our freedom can not be bought! Tell the UN to go to Hell we will not compromise our Rights and freedoms under our constitution! Since Obama started Gun Control more Gun and simiautomatic weapons have been purchased by the average citizen telling you they will use them if you try to take away our freedom!

    • Robert McDonald

      Tell the UN to go wherever they would like to go except here in the United States. If the world needed an enema the tube would be inserted in N.Y.C. at UN headquarters. BTW, I didn't coin the phrase "if the world needed an enema". That is a common phrase I picked up somewhere in the past, but it certainly does apply.

  • http://twitter.com/changeingyou Jose Rodriguez

    You people are the biggest either confused idiots or paid misinformants. Arms treaty is so Israel can't keep selling guns, using Defense Dept excesive budget, giving weapons to Rosoboronexport Russian arms dealer giving them to Assad through UN. keeping terrorism alive in the world idiots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.gill.71404 Thomas Gill

    Our great Constitution only lists one crime,the burden of proof,and the punishment for this crime.It is treason.There are many in this country,and many in the government that are committing the crime of treason.If it comes to armed resistance against a tyrannical government,these people will not be forgotten,or forgiven.I for one,remembering my time of combat,and watching my brothers die,will not forget or forgive.

  • aurora9

    Let's just hope and pray that our Congress will recognize how important it is for them to bring unity back into our nation to avoid this oncoming crisis.

  • Vernon Howell

    For the last time, Reid v Covert 1957 provides that no treaty can supersede the Constitution. The 46 should be burned alive.

  • ARMYOF69

    We won one, it seems. I'm breaking a bottle of Glenlivet open, and a slice of Kobe beef for my Rottweiller.

  • vet

    I would demand the names of all 46 that wanted this UN treaty and write them and let them know that they sided with a treasonous bill and they will be getting their pink slip soon.If ovomit tries to go around with an EO then charges must be brought up and him removed immediately.No country or entity has the right to tear up the constitution and that includes the marxist that thinks he is Boy king.

    • parkerglp

      It has been posted and all of them were Democrats...including the two commies from Colorado ie Bennet and Udall. So sad to see our state and our country go down the sewer!!

    • vet

      Then write them and let them know that they will be facing charges of treason.And that one mistake will cost them all.

    • parkerglp

      Done. However, you never get to actually speak to them..only some phone person, and when I sent emails, you just get a form letter back and it usually isn't even about the issue you wrote about. The liberals have taken over this state and are quickly turning it into 'Little California!'

    • rick0857

      I have the same problem here in Michigan as both of my Senators are democommunists.

    • Robert McDonald

      Look at the bright side, they have chosen their side. Now you don't have to worry about conscience. A good day for everyone except you Senators of course.

    • Robert McDonald

      See post from Robert McDonald.

    • Robert McDonald

      The country is not going down the sewer if we patriots have anything to do with it, and Colorado won't either in spite of all that the liberals (most from Californicate) can dish out. I do agree that Bennett and Udall are commies, however.

    • http://www.facebook.com/randy.chickbanger Randy Chickbanger

      They dont need to have letters written to them, all 46 need a _____ in the ____, immediately. Enough is enough. How many US citizens is it going to take either dead or "disappeared" in DHS internment camps b4 ppl take up arms and begin the resistance/slaughter of these tyrants?....THIS IS high treason according to the US Constitution.....

    • vet

      The first knock on my door and the last knock for them I would guess.

    • Robert McDonald

      This is a hell of a place that we have been placed in, through no fault of our own, I might add.

    • Lt_Scrounge

      Are you suggesting that they see a recent Sylvester Stallone movie that bombed at the box office? I don't mean "Expendibles 2" either.

    • Robert McDonald

      He is a boy alright. A boy pretending to be king, pathetic. No doubt about that.

  • JeromefromLayton

    Good for Senator Inhofe. This bill will go to a Conference Committee where the House is even stronger on this issue. However, (reality check), this is NOT the actual vote on the ATT. So, continuous attention needs to be focused on the Senate that can still ratify it. The most troubling part is that if a lot of nations actually sign on, then this Administration may try to implement parts of it via Executive Order or Departmental Regulation, such as the Commerce Control List (Commerce) or DEMIL regulations (DoD). Sorry for the "Inside baseball", but this is how the game is played; sometimes a little dirty.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carl-Stevenson/100002324175685 Carl Stevenson

      "Sometimes"? It's been dirty for many decades.

    • Robert McDonald

      That's true, but it seems to be especially dirty since the election of 2008.

    • Robert McDonald

      I think it is about time all of this devious crap is dumped back in their lap. I don't think for a minute that our founding fathers thought we the citizens would elect men and women to the Senate of the United States who would be this devious in their governance of the most free nation on the face of the earth.

  • misterclassic

    53-46?? The vote should have been 100-0. Deeply troubling.

    • RangerInParadise

      Yes, but hardly surprising. The US Senate is still eagerly looking at ways to disarm America. Trust NONE of them.

    • Hotnike

      Where we find who the 46 were?? TRAITORS, ALL 46!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bobby1952
    • rick0857

      Thanks for that link I missed it the first time around. Didn't need to see it though because I already knew where Levin and Stabenow would vote, even after that p rick Levin wrote me back and told me he wouldn't support this. But what I don't understand is s why Launtenburg didn't vote. Must be a Jersey Punk eh?

    • 10thGenerationAmerican

      NAYS-46

      Baldwin (D-WI)
      Baucus (D-MT)
      Bennet (D-CO)
      Blumenthal (D-CT)
      Boxer (D-CA)
      Brown (D-OH)
      Cantwell (D-WA)
      Cardin (D-MD)
      Carper (D-DE)
      Casey (D-PA)
      Coons (D-DE)
      Cowan (D-MA)
      Durbin (D-IL)
      Feinstein (D-CA)
      Franken (D-MN)
      Gillibrand (D-NY)
      Harkin (D-IA)
      Hirono (D-HI)
      Johnson (D-SD)
      Kaine (D-VA)
      King (I-ME)
      Klobuchar (D-MN)
      Landrieu (D-LA)
      Leahy (D-VT)
      Levin (D-MI)
      McCaskill (D-MO)
      Menendez (D-NJ)
      Merkley (D-OR)
      Mikulski (D-MD)
      Murphy (D-CT)
      Murray (D-WA)
      Nelson (D-FL)
      Reed (D-RI)
      Reid (D-NV)
      Rockefeller (D-WV)
      Sanders (I-VT)
      Schatz (D-HI)
      Schumer (D-NY)
      Shaheen (D-NH)
      Stabenow (D-MI)
      Udall (D-CO)
      Udall (D-NM)
      Warner (D-VA)
      Warren (D-MA)
      Whitehouse (D-RI)
      Wyden (D-OR)
      Not Voting - 1

      Go figure ALL of them DumboRATS

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002866315809 Charles Higley

    How about a separate freaking bill that does what this amendment does? Why attach it to a budget that they know will not pass the House?

  • A. Levy

    Well, well, well. They finally got one thing right. Now they need a couple of weeks off to rest. Judging from the actions of the American people, they don't deserve anything better.