Just thought I'd share a response I got from Senator Inhofe (OK) regarding an e-mail I sent him about this subject. Hope it isn't too long for the forum.
Message flagged Tuesday, July 31, 2012 7:22 AM
Dear Mr. White:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. As you know, the United Nations just completed a global conference, during which it attempted to reach an agreement on an Arms Trade Treaty . Fortunately, at the end of the conference the negotiators were unable to reach consensus. The Arms Trade Treaty has, at least temporarily, been put on hold.
The Bush Administration opposed the Arms Trade Treaty on the grounds that national controls were better. Yet i t should come as no surprise that soon after entering the White House, the Obama Administration reversed this position and went to work crafting and negotiating a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.
Although we all agree that a committed effort must be made to prevent terrorists and criminals from acquiring weapons, the treaty could undermine our foreign policy and national security strategy, and infringe on Americans' Second Amendment rights.
Bad actors in the international community will continue their unlawful actions after this treaty is signed. Against nations such as the United States, however, the Arms Trade Treaty may have a considerable impact. Take, for instance, the requirement in the draft that arms should not "be used in a manner that would seriously undermine peace or security, or provoke, prolong or aggravate internal, regional, sub-regional or international instability."
Yet each and every time we supply weapons to some of our greatest allies—Taiwan, South Korea, Israel—we are in fact prolonging regional or international instability. But this is instability that is necessary for international order and the prevalence of democracy in regions where it might not otherwise exist. Yet the terms of the draft treaty could be read to prohibit such weapons sales.
The United States has some of the strictest export control mechanisms in the world and does not supply arms to terrorist organizations or totalitarian regimes. The United States should not, therefore, change its standards on the transfer of conventional weapons to meet new universal standards set by other U.N. member states.
I am a cosponsor of S. 2205, expressing the Senate's opposition to the treaty, and have joined 57 of my Senat e colleague s who have already signed a letter of opposition. Protecting our national interests and individuals' right to bear arms is important to me, and I will continue to champion efforts to ensure they are protected.
Though the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations failed to produce a document the negotiators could agree upon, the debate is not over. I have no doubt that efforts to produce a treaty will continue. At that time, it will be the duty of the United States Senate to refuse to ratify any treaty that will undermine the foreign policy of the United States and the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about other issues of importance to you.
James M. Inhofe
United States Senator