Good News from Senator Corker of Tennessee
I just received this from Senator Corker and thought I would share it with you. There are still those in public service that believe in our Constitution and Second Amendment. In addition Congressman Diane Black is also a member of the NRA! God Bless Tennessee!
Since you have contacted me in the past about protecting your Second Amendment right to bear arms, I wanted to update you on two letters I recently wrote to the President about the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), expressing my opposition to it.
As you may know, after a number of conferences and drafting sessions, the United Nations approved final language for the ATT on April 2, 2013. Subsequently, on September 25, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the ATT on behalf of the United States.
However, before this treaty can take effect as a matter of U.S. law, the President must refer it to the Senate for its advice and consent, which he has not done. In addition, the treaty would have to receive two-thirds of the votes in the Senate to be ratified and become binding on the United States.
When it became clear that the Obama Administration was going to sign the treaty in the face of objections from many members of the Senate, including myself, I sent the attached letter to President Obama making clear that he does not have the authority to implement the treaty absent the ratification by the Senate and warning that he should not do so by executive order or any other means. On October 15, 2013, I signed an additional letter, also attached, with 50 of my colleagues stating that we will oppose ratification of the ATT because of major concerns with the treaty and the procedure by which it was adopted. As a result, it is unlikely that the ATT will come before the Senate.
The right to own firearms for shooting, hunting, and self-protection is important to me as a Tennessean and as an American. I will continue to be a consistent voice for the Second Amendment, and I will fight attempts to weaken those rights that are granted in the Constitution.
I hope this information is helpful to you and that you will share your views with me on this and other issues before Congress.
United States Senator
The Constitution is not an instrument for the Government to restrain the people. It is an instrument for the people to restrain the Government!
Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom."
-- John F. Kennedy