Obama ready to pounce on gun rights, says group

Monday, November 12, 2012
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A Second Amendment rights advocate isn't surprised that Barack Obama, following his re-election last week, is reinvigorated about the possibility of squashing Americans' right to bear arms.

Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, admits he is still shocked that President Obama has won a second four-year term in the White House. After the election, Reuters reported that officials in Washington backed the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee's call to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion conventional arms trade.

Pratt, Larry (GOA)Pratt says the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty is a very serious proposition - and that Americans can expect the administration to "openly launch broadsides" against their gun rights.

"They're going to go for licensing of gun owners registration -- and that is the ballgame," Pratt tells OneNewsNow. "That's what every statist wants in order to make sure that if he feels the need to confiscate guns, he can do it. That's the tool."

But the GOA spokesman says he doubts even the new Senate will have the votes to ratify the treaty if it comes to that.

"I don't think they've got anywhere near the 67 votes that would be required to ratify such a treaty," he offers. "They may want to go through the exercise -- and I hope they do because I'm reasonably certain that we would prevail."

In addition, he says, such action by the Senate would allow gun-rights advocates to identify which senators support the gun-control treaty. "[And] some of those senators ... will be running for re-election -- and it's going to make it a lot easier to target them for defeat," he notes.

Pratt believes that an emboldened President Obama will now pursue the U.N. gun treaty, more gun owner registration, more executive orders designed to limit Second Amendment rights, and more anti-gun Supreme Court Justices.

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