ALERT: Obama rockets back onto ‘gun control’ radar with UN arms treaty
Mere hours after declaring victory and his intent for “reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together,” President Barack Obama demonstrated some of that “flexibility” he predicted he’d have after the election when his administration backed a “U.N. committee's call…to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the $60 billion global arms trade,” Reuters reported today.
“Arms control advocates had hoped Obama would back the treaty if he was re-elected,” Reuters explained, and that he would was a given, as it was his administration that reversed previous policy in 2009 and resurrected U.S. participation based on “consensus,” albeit that was not something his campaign felt prudent to advertise in an election deemed by many a toss-up.
While many will point to the need for Senate ratification and prior pledged opposition by enough members of that body to defeat such efforts, other researchers have cautioned not to rely on that as a guarantee. But at this point, the likelihood of the treaty's passage is not the story.
Some of the talking heads on the news networks following last night’s election returns were speculating about how a second-term Obama would reach across the aisle, how he would focus on his legacy, how he would compromise in the spirit of bipartisanship and getting things done. Based on the administration’s first term actions, such outreach has never been this president’s style.
“Supposedly this vote was to have taken place earlier but was delayed by Hurricane/TS Sandy which caused the UN to close down for three days,” Second Amendment blogger John Richardson observed in a post this afternoon. “Put me down in the skeptical column over this.”
Many are. More likely this is an in-your-face to “the gun lobby,” and a bellwether for things to come—all those things anti-gun opinion shapers ridiculed as paranoia back when that served the agenda. Look for them now to ignore past protestations and focus on whatever “gun control” proposals the administration puts forward, be they bills the president will want Congress to advance or, barring that, whatever he thinks he can get away with by executive order or ATF ruling.
“We’ve got more work to do,” he declared to his celebrating supporters, promising “to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.”