August 23, 2010
|Obama and Mexican president Felipe Calderón.|
Virtually out of the inaugural gate, President Obama picked up the anti Second Amendment gauntlet and held it high on his first trip to Mexico City in April of 2009. In a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderón, he promised to urge the U.S. Senate to pass the international arms control agreement signed by Bill Clinton in 1997.
This agreement is titled the “Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials” better known as CIFTA. Though signed, it was thankfully never ratified by the Senate. This regional treaty, was adopted by the Organization of American States, yet the US and four other member states have not ratified it, at last accounting. Among the notable sticking points are disagreement over the lapsed U.S. assault weapons ban, cross-border trucking between Mexico and the US, and the ever present illegal drug and illegal immigration problem.
So now, to make this all palatable to the American People, it is couched in the rhetoric of fighting the international Drug War. An attempt to rationalize under the auspices of solving drug violence in Mexico the curtailing of firearms ownership in America. Blaming Americans not only as the market for illegal drug traffic from Mexico, but as the source of illegal firearms going back into Mexico. Yet, it is a well known fact that most firearms on the Mexican streets are supplied by European and Chinese arms manufacturers with little if any coming from, or through the legal arms network in America. However, much of the arms, munitions, helicopters, armored personnel carriers, and other “policing” paraphernalia utilized by the Mexican government is supplied by the U.S. government.
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With that said, if this treaty is ratified and the U.S. is found to be in violation of even one small provision — like the provision that would outlaw ammunition reloading without a federal license — this treaty would empower the President to implement regulatory policy, law, without the approval of Congress. A dictatorial power to be sure, that will not stop the violence in Mexico, the border states, nor will it stop the flow of illegal drugs into America. It will only erode away at the Constitution and further disarm the law abiding American People.
With his latest over arching attack on the 2nd Amendment, President Obama is blocking a trade deal between arms merchants here in the U.S. and South Korea. He is wooing the South Korean government into blocking the deal. To stop the lawful purchase of 100,000 World War Two era, surplus M1 Garand and M1 Carbine rifles destined for the curio firearms market here in The States. He is disallowing the return of these antique American made auto-loaders, the very first of their kind, desirable and useful relics of a bygone time — this is unbelievable.
This President will pull out the stops to block legal relic firearms from importation into the U.S. through legal channels, but will not lift a finger to stop the illegal drug and illegal immigration traffic across our southern border. Perhaps the president is seeking to get these World War Two relic arms re-directed into the illegal Mexican arms market, so when giving a speech at a future treaty summit on arms control in the Americas, he can say in condemnation, that actual U.S. made arms are being used in Mexico.
Alexander Hamilton has the last word on this. He was right on the money when he stated, “The only constitutional exception to the power of making treaties is that it shall not change the Constitution…”