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 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
"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.