UN votes to reopen talks on arms-trade treaty opposed by NRA

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  1. Revmitchell

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    The United Nations General Assembly on Monday voted to reconsider an international treaty to regulate the global arms trade, a measure opposed by the nation’s largest gun-rights lobby.

    The move could intensify another high-profile fight between the administration, which backs the treaty, and the National Rifle Association (NRA) which says it will restrict the domestic sale of firearms.

    The General Assembly set the final round of negotiations on the treaty for March 2013. While the results of the vote were not available, Reuters reported that diplomats said the U.S. voted in favor of the resolution.

    The arms-trade treaty stalled in July, with gun-control activists accusing the Obama administration of sandbagging support for the bill to avoid criticism from Republicans and pro-gun-rights Democrats ahead of the election.

    The U.S. mission to the U.N. denied that the timing of the election had anything to do with the treaty’s talks being delayed.

    At the time, 50 senators — including eight Democrats — signed on to a letter signaling their opposition to the treaty, saying they were worried it would affect the sale of civilian weapons within the United States.

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    Wonder how much pressure is being applied, in the name of 20 children, to Congress members who oppose this treaty?

    Especially since this adminstration has omitted the clause that the UN cannot override the laws of our land. Historically included by the US with any applicable treaty. That little bit of information will be pushed far back into a dark corner, as the "never let a crisis go to waste" takes center stage.

    Interesting that the article focuses on NRA instead of the opposition that exists in Congress.

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