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In the run-up to the election last month we were told by Democrats and their apologists that there would absolutely be no infringement on gun rights in America.
Any claim to the contrary was entirely imagined.
Except, now that the returns are in, the agenda--which was put on hold for political reasons--is now back on. Take this story from Dick Morris:
As soon as the election returns were in, the United States voted to reopen negotiations on the Small Arms Treaty from which it had backed off in the summer of 2012. Now the Treaty is slated for signature in March of 2013.
The Treaty is designed to establish “common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms.” The White House claims that the goal is to “fight illicit arms trafficking and proliferation” and assures us that it will not accept any “treaty that infringes on the constitutional rights of our citizens to bear arms.”
But, as the Washington Times noted in a recent editorial, “it is hard to take the White House response seriously.” The treaty requires signatory nations to “take the necessary legislative and administrative measures, to adapt, as necessary, national laws and regulations to implement the obligations of this treaty.” As the Times wrote “The agreement’s language is so broad, vague and poorly defined it could be stretched in a variety of ways that would pose a threat to the Second Amendment.”
The editorial warns that “activist judges adjudicating cases arising under the treaty and enabling legislation” could use the provisions to require gun registration and limit gun possession, even to the point of requiring confiscation. If the judges who interpret the treaty could take the position that “anything that indirectly or incidentally affects the trade in arms would fall under its control.”
Just because it's hard to believe does not mean that it will not become a point for the lame duck Obama administration.
Take the story of a former Marine who, by all accounts, followed the rules when entering Mexico and has been jailed for several months without a word from the White House. From Breitbart:
A former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has been chained to a bed in a Mexican prison since August. Jon Hammar faces up to 12 years in a Mexican jail on what may be a trumped-up charge of possessing an illegal shotgun. Customs officials had already cleared the shotgun before he entered Mexico.
On August 23, Hammar and his friend Ian McDonough were en route to Costa Rica on a surfing vacation when they ran into trouble after crossing the Mexican border.
According to McClatchy newspapers, Hammer brought “a six-decade-old shotgun into Mexico,” which his mother referred to as a “glorified BB gun,” that was passed down to him by his grandfather.
McDonough said the Customs and Border Protection Agent said, “All you have to do is register” the gun, and gave them a registration paper to give to the Mexican authorities.
When Hammar gave the registration form to the Mexican agents, he and McDonough were immediately taken into custody and Mexican prosecutors looked at the “disassembled relic in the 1972 Winnebago motor home” and “dismissed the U.S. registration papers Hammar had filled out,” charging Hammar with the serious crime of “possession of a weapon restricted for use to Mexico’s armed forces”:
Curiously, it wasn’t the type of shotgun that broke Mexican law. It was the length of the barrel, which the formal citation said was shorter than 25 inches, although a discrepancy has emerged over how the barrel was measured.
It is worth noting Mexico’s gangs “routinely wield AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles, high-powered .50-caliber sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and other potent weaponry," and Hammar's shotgun is rendered useless against such high-powered weapons.
The silence from the White House is evidence that they aren't concerned with protecting a vile brute who would dare take protection into a nation renowned for kidnapping Americans.