We all know or have heard the legend of Chuck Norris. For example, Chuck Norris can split the atom… with his bare hands or Chuck Norris does not get frostbite; Chuck Norris bites frost or Chuck Norris doesn’t flush the toilet, he scares the shit out of it.
But did you know that Chuck Norris also gives sage advice concerning the United Nations Global Arms Trade Treaty?
Well, he does. On Tuesday, in his column for townhall.com, Norris explained the dangers of the treaty, which sought to create, according to the U.N., “a robust legally binding instrument to establish high common standards for international trade in conventional arms.”
The United Nations has been debating an arms trade treaty for nearly a decade now. Though the treaty is ostensibly focused on military arms, it has long been clear that the majority of U.N. delegates consider our personal firearms to be crying out for international regulation, as well. The focus of the treaty would be a demand that governments regulate the sale and possession of firearms worldwide — all of them, including yours and mine.
Though I believe that firearms should not be in the wrong hands, the proposed terms of this global gun control treaty would overreach wildly into regulating the sale of firearms to law-abiding citizens. In other words, the proposed treaty is a mechanism for Iran and other tyrannical powers to have a say in your gun ownership.
Norris went on to discuss some of the particular provisions in the proposed treaty.
The draft treaty was odious on its face. Among other things, it would have required the United States to “maintain records of all imports and shipments of arms,” register the identity of the “end user” of those firearms and then report the user’s information to a U.N.-based gun registry. In several drafts, the treaty would have mandated that every round of ammunition be tracked globally.
Now, as Chuck noted, negotiations for the treaty did break down in July and probably won’t get picked up again in full until 2013. Nevertheless, the point is, proponents of the treaty do not plan on giving up.
As I have mentioned, the treaty negotiations broke down this summer, and that is a good thing. But that doesn’t mean the U.N. is giving up the fight. It’s just reducing it into smaller pieces. In fact, in late August, an umbrella organization of 23 separate U.N. agencies, known as the Coordinating Action on Small Arms, adopted the first portion of International Small Arms Control Standards. The ISACS text is made up of 33 separate modules, some 800 pages in total. And they’re just getting started.
So, the obvious question is, what can we do to prevent a treaty from being adopted by the U.S.?
Chuck, of course, has an answer:
We can ensure that we have a president who will not support the treaty and a Senate that will not ratify it. That’s not a one-time commitment. Remember that once a treaty is enacted, it can be picked up at any time by a president and Senate. There are smaller gun control treaties that have been floating around the Senate for ratification since 1998.
What does this mean on an individual level? What can you do to preserve our 2nd Amendment rights?
You can make sure that you and every freedom-loving American you know is registered to vote. I’m proud to serve as the honorary chairman of Trigger The Vote, the National Rifle Association’s nonpartisan campaign to register voters who support the Second Amendment. We’ve made it easy on our website; all the tools to register are there, at http://www.TriggerTheVote.org. If you’re already registered, you probably know someone who isn’t. Share the stakes with that person, and urge him or her to join the rolls of informed voters.
Okay, so Chuck’s advice is really just a plug for the NRA’s ‘Trigger the Vote’ campaign. Or is it?
See, one is tempted to suggest that Chuck is simply acting as a mouthpiece for the NRA – America’s favorite defender of Second Amendment rights – but then, we have to remember that we’re talking about Chuck Norris here.
And Chuck Norris is not a mouthpiece for any organization, which would stand to reason that the NRA is – in fact – a mouthpiece for Chuck Norris. Interesting…
So, as gun owners, what are we to do? Well, if you value your 2nd Amendment rights and your life (remember, Chuck Norris doesn’t sleep, he waits), you’ll listen to Chuck.