Is the United Nations gunning for Americans' second Amendment rights?
In an op-ed for Forbes, University of Houston professor Larry Bell rails against the U.N.'s "Small Arms Treaty." Bell claims that the international body is passing the measure off as an effort intended to combat terrorists and insurgents. He says the measure has a very different purpose:
Under the guise of a proposed global “Small Arms Treaty”...you can be quite certain that an even more insidious threat is being targeted – our Constitutional right for law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms.
Bell claims that this international treaty, from the Obama administration's perspective, is an opportunity to increase domestic gun control. If implemented, he believes it will enforce rougher licensing requirements, more red tape, create an "international gun registry," "confiscate and destroy all 'unauthorized' civilian firearms'" and severely impede Americans' right to bear arms.
Bell explains that this plan is very real and that the U.S. has already joined 152 other countries in to endorse a U.N. Arms Treaty Resolution that will lead to a 2012 conference. It is during this meeting that plans to enact these international new controls will take place. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she will encourage the Senate to ratify he resolution as well. You can read more about Bell's thoughts on this important subject here.