Republican congressman warns of ‘global totalitarians massed in New York City’
Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) on Thursday portrayed the United Nations as a tyrannical international body intent on grabbing Americans guns.
“The right to keep and bear arms is granted by God and protecting from government aggression by the Constitution,” he said in a statement. “It is not subject to the whims of global totalitarians massed in New York City. I oppose any UN treaty touching the right to keep and bear arms. It’s beyond time for the United States to withdraw from the UN.”
The statement was released to announce Stockman’s signature of a letter (PDF) opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, an international effort to crack down on the black market trade of military weapons.
The United States voted with 153 other nations to approve the treaty in April, but it still needs to be ratified by the U.S. Senate before President Barack Obama can sign it.
Conservatives gun advocates have claimed the treaty is actually a secret plot to implement new gun control laws in the United States. Senate Republicans have vowed to block the treaty, which requires 67 votes.
The treaty explicitly states that it is “the exclusive right of States to regulate internal transfers of arms and national ownership, including through constitutional protections on private ownership,” meaning it would not affect individual country’s domestic gun laws.