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Gut the UN for Kerry ATT Signing, says Gun Law Expert
John M. Snyder -- Gun Law Expert John M. Snyder -- Gun Law Expert
Washington , DC
Friday, September 27, 2013

 "Let's work to get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US," says gun rights expert John M. Snyder.

"The National Rifle Association is right on in blasting the Obama administration for signing the UN Arms Trade Treaty, as Secretary of State John Kerry did Wednesday," said Snyder. "The real problem, though, the underlying problem, is American membership in the United Nations.

"This has been the opinion of many Americans since the founding of the UN. This act by the Obama administration underscores part of the explanation for this reasoning. It shows why we should dump the United Nations organization."

Snyder said, "That's how we react to the Obama administration signing the UN Arms Trade Treaty. ATT undermines our national sovereignty and individual gun rights. The treaty refers specifically to small arms. This means the 300 million rifles, shotguns and handguns owned by 100 million Americans.

"Gun-grabbing interests for years have been pushing for ways to undermine the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms. They generally have butted their heads against the brick wall of domestic American opposition to various anti-gun legislative schemes. They even have seen Americans strengthen public policy in support of some pro-gun measures, like right to carry concealed firearms and stand your ground laws."

"With this internationalist anti-gun approach," continued Snyder, "the gun-grabbing bad guys may think they have found a way to undermine American freedom. The ATT calls for arms transfer activity to be regulated domestically in accordance with international UN standards.

"Obama most likely cannot induce the Senate to ratify ATT. More than a sufficient number of Senators to defeat ratification are on record opposing ratification. However, anti-gun forces may think they can promote additional domestic gun controls because of some legal interpretations that activity commensurate with the objective of a treaty may and should be pursued pending ratification."

Snyder warned that, "An Obama attempt to implement the treaty will draw down upon his administration the active opposition of millions of Americans."

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stated, "The ATT raises significant legislative and constitutional questions. Any act to implement this treaty, provisionally or otherwise, before the Congress provides its advice and consent would be inconsistent with the United States Constitution, law, and practice."

Snyder reiterated that, "The real problem is the United Nations organization. We must work to gut the UN."

Snyder has been named the gun dean by Human Events, the dean of Washington gun lobbyists by the Washington Post and New York Times, a champion of the right of self-defense by the Washington Times, and the senior rights activist in Washington by Shotgun News. He serves on the boards of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, Council for America, and the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens.


John M. Snyder
Telum Associates, LLC
Bethesda, MD
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