Following the mass shooting at a school in Newtown, CT in 2012, then-President Barack Obama signed the United States up for the controversial anti-gun U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. He then sent the treaty to be ratified by the Senate, where it has languished ever since.
But before a crowd of National Rifle Association (NRA) members on Friday, President Donald Trump signed an order rejecting that treaty, and made clear that the U.S. would not allow its sovereignty to be subjugated by any international agreements.
“We will never surrender American sovereignty”
Standing before thousands of attendees at the NRA’s Leadership Forum in Indianapolis, IN, on Friday, President Trump made it clear that his administration wanted no part in the U.N.’s anti-gun treaty that many gun rights supporters view as a direct threat to the Second Amendment.
“Today I’m proud to announce another historic step to protect your Second Amendment rights,” Trump proclaimed, noting that he had not given anybody any advance notice of what he was about to reveal.
Trump explained that Obama had signed the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty and sent it to the Senate for ratification “in his waning days in office.” He went on to say that the treaty would subjugate American’s Second Amendment rights to “international rules,” restrictions and regulations.
“Under my administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone. We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedom, and that is why my administration will never ratify the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty,” Trump said, to resounding applause and cheers from the pro-gun audience.
“We’re taking our signature back”
But he wasn’t done yet.
“And I’m officially announcing today that the United States will be revoking the effect of America’s signature from this badly misguided treaty. We’re taking our signature back,” Trump said. “The United Nations will soon receive a formal notice that America is rejecting this treaty.”
The order he was about to sign requested the Senate to discontinue the ratification process and send the “now-rejected treaty” back to the White House, “where I will dispose of it.”
“By taking these actions, we are reaffirming that American liberty is sacred and that American citizens live by American laws, and not the laws of foreign countries,” Trump said, prior to pulling out a pen and signing the order right there at the podium.
The president then held the order up so everyone could see his signature, right before he tossed the pen he used to somebody in the audience.
President Obama wanted desperately to restrict the gun rights of American citizens, and attempted to do so by signing on to the U.N.’s anti-gun treaty that would ultimately have forced the U.S. to change its gun laws to be in compliance with the norms of other foreign nations.
Thankfully, the Senate never ratified that unconstitutional and anti-American treaty, and now, thanks to President Trump’s actions, a future Democrat-controlled Senate will not have the ability to ratify that garbage document.