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The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty: What's that smell?

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Kudos to Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Kelly for leading the charge against the Obama administration's all-but-certain reversal on an odious United Nations gun treaty.

Even before Secretary of State John Kerry could suggest conditional support of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, the Butler Republican, along with Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., organized opposition from at least 28 senators and 121 representatives.

And with very good reason.

“(W)hy would we ever sit down with bad actors and let them decide what our (gun) policy will be going forward?” asks Mr. Kelly. Especially when the United States already has some of the strictest statutes in the world on the import, manufacture and export of firearms, says Ted Bromund, a security policy expert at The Heritage Foundation.

The congressional resolution makes clear that the arms treaty “needs to exempt domestic civilian firearm ownership and use from its scope,” Mr. Moran says. And as with any treaty, it must pass congressional review.

That's especially pertinent as new arms treaty negotiations begin at Turtle Bay. Mr. Kerry says he's confident a consensus can be reached — you know, so long as the treaty doesn't trample the Second Amendment.

Don't be too sure of that.

Last summer, the Obama administration, in full re-election mode, walked away from this U.N. entanglement. Now, apparently, the same troublesome treaty is worthy of U.S. consideration?

The administration's reconsideration of the arms trade treaty stinks worse than the gun-grabbing treaty itself.



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