The UN Arms Treaty is DOA, CO’s governor wants gun control groups out of the latest recall efforts, and some thoughts on training from NRANews’ Dom Raso. Fairly laid back this week, and not much to cover.
1.) UN Arms Treaty. The US Constitution states that any treaty the President or his Cabinet signs must be ratified by a 2/3 vote in the Senate. That isn’t going to happen with the UN Arms Treaty. Armed Novelist sends word that 50 US Senators have signed a letter stating their intent to block the treaty from passage.
The Senators cite, among other things, the treaty’s broad language, and their concerns that the amendment process could force the US to violate its own laws; namely the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, as their reasons for refusing to support the treaty.
With 1/2 of the Senate against the treaty, it is simply impossible for it to pass. This is a major victory considering the idea of bringing the UN in to “fix” America’s supposed problem with guns has been floated in the past.
2.) Recall Redux. A third anti-gun CO State Senator is facing recall efforts after the first two successful attempts. This time, however, the attitude of gun control advocates, namely CO Gov. John Hickenlooper, is a LOT more measured. Hickenlooper says that gun control groups, like Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” should stay out of this latest recall effort.
He says that “Colorado is a state that people like to be themselves and solve their own problems. They don’t really like outside organizations meddling in their affairs, and maybe the NRA gets a pass on that.”
No word on when or if the election will take place.
3.) Training. The latest from NRANews contributor Dom Raso is probably one of his best. His latest, named “Training” focuses on the fact that “self-defense” is about more than simply buying a firearm, and briefly looks into what motivates people to train.
One of the quotes that I love is find something you would die for and living for it. Makes sense right? For some in special operations it is literally to go kill the bad guy, some just want to protect this country, and others want their kids to grow up in a better world. But regardless, they are motivated by something. Its up to you to figure out what drives you and motivates you to wake up everyday. Then get after it.
4.) CCW On Campus. A recent article in Technique, the student paper of Georgia Tech, seems to be getting a head-start on the debate over guns on campus. The 2014 session loads up in January, goes to about March or April (long story).
5.) 3-D Revolution. Finally this week, authorities in Europe are concerned that criminals might start breaking laws. As many of you know, the EU in general has some extremely strict gun control laws, including requiring guns to be registered. European authorities are worried that the advent of 3-D printing will completely undermine the registration system by allowing people to make their own guns, at home, with a (relatively) cheap printer and free blueprints downloaded off the Internet.
Or, put another way, we have seen Eric Holder admit that guns in schools are a viable solution, and now Europeans are thinking criminals don’t follow laws. They are laying waste to a narrative they’ve spent decades building.