Letter: UN Small Arms Treaty ratification must be stopped

Mar. 25, 2013 @ 11:22 PM

Editor:

The most egregious decision the president and the Senate could make in the near future would be the ratification of the U.N. Small Arms Treaty, now being negotiated in New York — again. Regardless of the sales pitch offered for the treaty’s approval, it is a Trojan horse for disarming America’s law-abiding citizenry.

We may very well be at the point of peril predicted in the April 1945 Journal of the Communist Party U.S.A.: “Great popular support and enthusiasm for the United Nations’ policies should be built up, well organized and fully articulated. But it is also necessary to do more than that. The opposition must be rendered so impotent that it will be unable to gather any support in the Senate against the United Nations Charter and the treaties that will follow.”

For those paying attention to facts, the 2010 U.S. homicide rate was 4.8 per 100,000 persons—a reduction from 8.1 in 1995, according to a 2012 report from the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime. Furthermore, this reduction has occurred in the country sporting, by far, the greatest number of firearms — 88 for every 100 persons in the United States, as reported by The Washington Post on Dec. 15, 2012.

Point taken: A plethora of firearms has witnessed a corresponding decrease in homicides.

The D. C. switchboard (202-224-3121) will connect you with our senators and our representative, as both houses have resolutions opposing the treaty.

Marc Hayes

Sevierville