Monday, April 20, 2009

Inhofe Blasts Obama on Gun Treaty

The past few weeks have seen the Obama administration throw ideas on gun control around like throwing spaghetti on the wall – and hoping something will stick. The latest round sees the administration pushing the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA) treaty. This treaty will place onerous requirements on firearm manufacturers and may be used to sharply limit our Second Amendment rights in the United States. This treaty is potentially so dangerous, the NRA has issued a special statement about it.

As with all recent attempts to curtail our Second Amendment rights, this one hinges on the notion that most of the firearms used by criminals in drug lords in Mexico originate in the United States. Previous blog entries have detailed the errors in this assumption, and now some in Washington are waking up to the facts. Senator Inhofe has issued the following statement:

“The idea that American-manufactured firearms are responsible for the growing violence in Mexico isn’t grounded in reality, but the Obama Administration is using this violence as justification to require stricter licensing requirements and markings on firearms by U.S. manufacturers. The majority of the gun violence that is occurring in the drug wars in Mexico is the result of assault weapons, including fully automatic versions, which aren’t even available for sale in the United States. Many of these weapons are coming from other countries in Central and South America and deserters from the Mexican military.

“I am strongly opposed to placing more stringent requirements on U.S. gun manufacturers, especially when the evidence shows that they are not the problem. This is an instance of the Obama Administration using alternative means to place greater regulations on the manufacture and sale of legal firearms in the United States. I believe that my colleagues in the United States Senate understand this to be the case and will do as they have for the last 10 years and not ratify this treaty.”

At least one Senator has seen through the Big Lie campaign, and I wager many others have as well. The facts are out there if people bother to go looking for them. Unfortunately there is a large segment of our population (and our politicians, and our media) that are simply uninterested in the facts if they don’t support their preconceived notions. One of my favorite TV characters noted :

“The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views...which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.”

I’ll let you decide which category best describes the current administration and a large portion of the media. I can also sympathize with that “uncomfortable” feeling, as far too often law-abiding firearm owners seem to be one of those “facts that needs altering” if our past history of gun control legislation is any indication.

Given this new tactic, it is more important than ever to write your Senators and urge them not to even consider ratifying the CIFTA treaty. It has languished for over 10 years; it can languish for another 10,000 as far as I’m concerned!

Until next time!!!


Micah said...

Brilliant, definitely glad to see someone in Washington isn't buying all the BS about Mexico's crime problem. I truly hope more wake up to the fact as well.

Nice Doctor Who eh? :)

Fingolfen said...

I think it just shows how desperate the anti-Second crowd is getting. They’re having to go further and further afield to find any justification for their ideas – and their legal tactics are getting shot down left and right. First Heller, now the Nordyke case…