September 24, 2013
GUN RIGHTS: Kerry to sign UN arms treaty.
Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to sign an arms trade treaty opposed by the Senate and the gun lobby as early as Wednesday, and Republicans aren’t happy about it.
Kerry’s plan to sign the treaty on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly in New York this week has sparked immediate criticism from GOP opponents. “This treaty is already dead in the water in the Senate, and they know it,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services. “The Administration is wasting precious time trying to sign away our laws to the global community and unelected U.N. bureaucrats.”
A majority of Senators oppose the treaty because it covers small arms, making ratification impossible in the short term.
Republicans should push a non-ratification vote in the Senate now, and get Democrats from swing states on record. And we need to push, instead, for the international human right to be armed.