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Letter: The U.N. Arms Treaty And The U.S. Constitution

There is no law or treaty that supersedes the United States Constitution. The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land. We elect men and women who swear to defend it against all enemies; foreign and domestic.

The United Nations was formed following the Second World War from allied nations in hopes of bringing peace and unity after the atrocities witnessed after the war.  Further, since its inception it has been helping out third world nations, and assisting them with everything from voter fraud to helping out children in need, among others.

However, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, United States Secretary of State John Kerry signed the controversial United Nations Arms Treaty, despite wide felt objection from many Republicans in the United States Senate and citizens alike.  Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, head of the U.N. General Assembly, applauded Secretary Kerry’s effort, as his signature marks 118 member nations to endorse this treaty. The aim of this treaty seems pretty simple.  It was designed to eradicate the sale of certain weapons used in “commission of genocide, crimes against humanity, and certain war crimes,” in addition to sale of certain weapons and vehicles.  The U.N. is doing this in hopes that we will never see another act of terrorism or genocide.

The issue is that Kerry should have allowed this treaty to go before the Senate first for debate, then for vote, before taking it upon himself to sign it.  Despite the fact that Kerry signed the treaty, which some argue will have little to no impact on the Constitution, is that Kerry should have had it sent to the Senate first.  Now, the battle will have to be brought before the Senate for ratification where many believe it will fail.  One can argue, by going behind the back of the Senate, people who are elected to serve both the American people and the Constitution is downright deceitful and malicious.   Nonetheless, now it has to go back to the Senate.

Many people will ask what effect this treaty will have in stopping and/or preventing any crimes or atrocities from being committed.  One can argue none whatsoever.  In other words, war lords and dictators will do anything in their power to hurt, kill, maim or torture their citizens. Many of these sick despotic war lords or dictators already possess weapons and vehicles which they probably purchased on the black market.

We are a sovereign nation, independent of the U.N. and its articles.  Importantly, no articles of the U.S. Constitution shall be challenged by the U.N. or anyone else.  Our founders put the Constitution in place for this reason. The Constitution shall not be ignored or stepped on. It is here to give us freedoms and rights that were not given to other nations and our ancestors.  We are a perfect example to the U.N. what other nations should be. The U.S.A. is an open and tolerant nation, we have a proud, but long, history and must not let anyone influence us otherwise we may lose our rights altogether.

Scott Diamond

Mineola Resident