It is no secret that many liberals and Democrats, from President Obama to local mayors and city councilmen, would like to eviscerate the Second Amendment to the Constitution that protects Americans’ right to keep and bear arms.
Indeed, given Attorney General Eric Holder’s known antipathy to the Second Amendment, some have suggested that the failed Fast and Furious gun smuggling sting that led to the death of Agent Brian Terry was approved in some measure because it would cast Second Amendment rights in a bad light and lead to public pressure for more firearms regulation.
While it seems anything is possible in the inside-out world of the Obama administration, we need not join Fast and Furious conspiracy theorists to find a more real and present danger to Americans’ Second Amendment rights in the policies of the Obama administration.
According to FOX News, the Obama administration is in talks at the UN “on the final wording of the so-called Arms Trade Treaty, which supporters such as Amnesty International USA say would rein in unregulated weapons that kill an estimated 1,500 people daily around the world.”
However, Second Amendment advocates, including the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre, warn the treaty would mark a major step toward the eventual erosion of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment gun-ownership rights.
The hypocrisy of the UN on such matters is such that Iran has been appointed to a key role in the talks, even as Tehran stands accused by the UN of arming Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's bloody crackdown on freedom fighters.
While there are a host of troubling foreign policy implications in the proposed treaty, its real flaw in the eyes of those concerned about protecting the freedom our Constitution guarantees is how it changes the relationship between government and citizens.
As National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre noted, under the proposed treaty, “If you’re the government, you get the guns, if you’re a civilian, you don’t. But this will just end up helping evil governments and tyrants.”
LaPierre has nailed more than just the flaw in the proposed UN small arms treaty; he has hit upon the hypocrisy at the heart of liberal opposition to Second Amendment rights.
Liberals, such as President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, don’t object to guns in general -- they only object to guns that the government doesn’t own or control. The revolutionaries who wrote our Constitution knew, as freedom fighters in Libya and Syria have shown in the present day, that giving government a monopoly on gun ownership is the first action tyrants will take to preserve their power.
Those interested in preserving the freedom our revolutionary forefathers bequeathed us will oppose this backdoor attempt by the Obama administration to undo the Second Amendment.