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Gun treaty's recoil

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After flatly rejecting the United Nations' gun-grabbing Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) last year, followed by a rapid post-re-election change of heart, the Obama administration waited for the coast to clear, then signed this odious deal.

And now that it's signed, the treaty will linger for Senate ratification, which remains highly unlikely. In a bipartisan letter, half the Senate has pledged to oppose ratification.

To critics who insist the gun treaty tramples the Second Amendment if not U.S. sovereignty, Team Obama firmly plants thumb to nose and signals its mindset. The U.N.'s cheerleaders insist this pact will keep guns out of the wrong hands — assuming that terrorists, gun-runners and the world's worst thugs will abide by its stipulations.

What the administration's not-so-sharpshooters disregard is the likelihood of future amendments by the U.N.'s gun-control fanatics, notes The Heritage Foundation's Ted R. Bromund. And whereas the amendments would be binding only on the nations that accept them, the U.S. would be pressed to do so.

“As the treaty is interpreted and amended, both the U.N. agencies that explicitly promote gun control and the many nations that wanted the ATT to impose even tighter domestic restrictions will pull and pressure the U.S. toward imposing future regulations,” writes Mr. Bromund.

Congressional Democrats who helped the Obama administration target this abysmal gun treaty should brace for the recoil from angry voters in next year's elections.

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