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Gun Nuts Threaten President Over Something He Hasn’t Even Done


Look above at the mention of the president and an image of a firing gun from World Net Daily yesterday. Add to that the suggestive title: TRIGGER PULLED TO STOP EXECUTIVE ORDER ON GUNS ‘There’s only 1 way to hold Obama accountable’.

What does that suggest to you?

We haven’t forgotten Sarah Palin taking opponents into her sights right before Democratic Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot. Giffords was on Palin’s hit list. Gun-owning conservatives have proven to be very suggestible.

Why the threat? What has Obama done now to warrant being assassinated by some gun-toting conservative lunatic?

Turns out to be something he hasn’t actually done.

The Second Amendment Foundation claims it worries that President Obama will announce an executive order “committing the United States to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty” on Christmas Eve.

The treaty, claims World Net Daily, “requires nations to keep records tracking every transaction involving firearms.”

That’s not exactly what the treaty is about. According to the UN:

The landmark Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), regulating the international trade in conventional arms – from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships – will enter into force on 24 December 2014.

Far from being a “small arms” treaty, Article 2 of the treaty specifies:

(a) Battle tanks;
(b) Armoured combat vehicles;
(c) Large-calibre artillery systems;
(d) Combat aircraft;
(e) Attack helicopters;
(f) Warships;
(g) Missiles and missile launchers; and
(h) Small arms and light weapons.

I know we have a well-armed citizenry, but battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships? Really? Is this something Americans need to worry about?

Not according to the UN. The ATT specifies as a principle,

Non-intervention in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any State in accordance with Article 2 (7) of the Charter of the United Nations

And reaffirms,

[T]he sovereign right of any State to regulate and control conventional arms exclusively within its territory, pursuant to its own legal or constitutional system

For the record, Article 2(7) states:

Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter.

But according to Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation, not only is this is a “small arms treaty,” but it is aimed at American gun owners:

The only way to do that is to set up a national database, and that is what the U.N. wants every country to set up and maintain. We know that’s been one of the objectives of this administration from Day 1 anyway, so under the color of the U.N., that’s what they’re going to try to do.

In fact, the ATT specifically does not include domestic gun sales.

Yet Gottlieb insists,

We knew from Day 1 the Obama administration wanted to push this treaty, but they didn’t want to get gun owners all up in arms before the election and mobilize the Republican base. Based on what he’s done with amnesty, we have reason to believe he’s doubling down on everything that he can’t get through Congress now, and he’s going to do it through executive orders or actions. It’s a case of dictator in chief.

The treaty goes into effect the day before Christmas:

So based on that, it gives him a window to do it now. Christmas Eve triggers the opportunity, in their eyes, where they could do this way below the radar. When everyone is looking for Santa Clause to arrive, they may end up with an anti-gun treaty instead.

Watch the Second Amendment Foundation’s over-the-top ad:

It even turns out what Gottlieb is suggesting is a lawsuit. But apparently, for the folks at WND, it is more titillating to seem to be suggesting shooting the president instead.

Gottlieb says,

We will educate the public, so people understand the threat that an Obama executive order poses to the Constitution. Nobody elected Barack Obama as emperor, but his actions lately suggests he believes otherwise. If he has forgotten there are three branches of government, we intend to refresh his memory.

And the Second Amendment Foundation is not alone in its opposition. It is joined by the National Association for Gun Rights, the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights, the National Rifle Association (NRA), the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), and The Heritage Foundation.

You would not think these groups would be so opposed to, as the ATT states, “the need to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and to prevent their diversion to the illicit market, or for unauthorized end use and end users, including in the commission of terrorist acts.”

Apparently their opposition to terrorism is only skin deep. We already know they oppose restrictions on domestic terrorism.

But no matter the level of their opposition, nothing – nothing – excuses the suggestion that the only way to stop the president from doing something you don’t want him to do, is to shoot him.

Hrafnkell Haraldsson

Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen's Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.

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