Second Amendment: The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
The Liberty Voice Transcript Service
This is a transcript [modified for readability] of the May 1, 2009 broadcast of CNN’s ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight’ show.
Lou Dobbs: There is a renewed effort tonight that could curtail our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms, if President Obama has his way. He wants the Senate to ratify a little known treaty that would create a national registry for guns. Under that treaty other nations would be able to identify gun owners in the United States.
President Obama went to Mexico and brought back a 12-year-old treaty. Obama stated, “I am urging the Senate of the United States to ratify the Inter-American treaty known as CIFTA (Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials) to curb small arms trafficking that is a source of so many of the weapons used in this drug war.”
The treaty signed by President Clinton in 1997 was never ratified by the Senate. It calls for the institution of a regime of gun control never before seen in the United States, creating a gun registration system that would be open to international sharing. Offenders would be prosecuted under treaty law and they would be eligible for extradition.
Proponents like Senator Dick Lugar are urging passage, saying “we should consider ratifying, during this Congress, the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and related materials.”
Gun rights activists are incensed. Larry Pratt from Gun Owners of America stated, “it reflects a deep distrust that the government of the United States has had toward that the people, that somehow we need to be regulated because of other people’s inability to have a peaceful and orderly society.” Which cuts to the deep distrust that some gun owners have for government in general and specifically for this administration. President Obama as a Senator consistently supported gun control legislation. His Attorney General, Eric Holder, is also in favor of gun control.