Republican Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania on Wednesday called on Americans to do everything within their power to block the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty.
“Our folks have got to get on board with this,” he said on NRA News. “We have this ATTpetition.com — we need to be more on fire than we ever have to send a loud and clear message to this president and his administration: Stop it. Stop turning the sovereignty of the United States of America over to people who don’t have the same concerns, don’t have the same value systems, don’t have the same beliefs as us.”
The UN General Assembly on Tuesday approved a treaty to regulate the international trade of weapons, including tanks, armored combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles, missile launchers, and small arms. The treaty is meant to keep weapons away from human rights abusers, but the NRA and other gun rights advocates in the United States believe it is a secret plot to implement gun control laws.
“It is time for America to stand up for American values,” Kelly said. “These rights we have, given to use by our founders, they are enshrined, they are uniquely American. Why do we continue to sit back and watch this unravel and shrug our shoulders and say, ‘What can we do?’… We can lock arms, we can band together, a band of brothers that can save the Constitution and save this country, but we have to act now.”
“Listen, I’m not asking people to get involved, I’m asking for that same commitment that over a million — a million — men and women in uniform have given their lives to protect. We’ve got to do this. It is incumbent of us right now to stand up and fight this administration every step of the way.”
Republicans have vowed to block the treaty from being ratified in the U.S. Senate, where it needs at least 67 votes.
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