Kansas Senator Jerry Moran Blasts Obama on Cancun Gun Control Conference
Bromund, who was in attendance, said the conference president even managed to use the objections of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Tom Countryman to "a new program of work for the secretariat," which would collate “best practices on the implementation and operation of the Treaty." By objecting, the "program of work" was entered into the conference record as something to consider. According to Moran:
This is just one more example of why you have to be so nervous, so concerned about the Obama administration. Unlike even President Clinton and certainly unlike President Bush, the Obama administration decided to negotiate within the United Nations.
The president used the recent on-air shooting deaths of two TV reporters to once again call for gun control, within hours of the tragedy. Giving him the authority of an ambiguous gun control treaty is a dangerous precedent to set for a president who has been anti-gun from the beginning, and has a history of executive overreach. Moran says:
The worry is that they're going to use this as their policy, their guideline. This becomes the standard by which they require business to be conducted -- even though the Constitution hasn't been followed and the Senate hasn't ratified the agreement. We have a president who doesn't seemingly abide by the law or the Constitution.
Fortunately, it's unlikely that the Senate will even take the matter up, let alone ratify it, according to Moran:
The president has not submitted the treaty to the Senate, and on every occasion, in letters from the Senate and votes on the Senate floor, it is clear there are less than two-thirds of the United States Senate who support this treaty. The president is seemingly trying to advance an agenda that, once again, he has no legal authority to implement in the United States.