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Americans take priority

August 2, 2012
The Leader Herald

So eager is President Barack Obama to please some foreign leaders that what is good for Americans sometimes does not seem to be a priority for him. An arms control treaty that was recently being negotiated at the United Nations may be an example of such a failure.

Critics of the proposed pact, aimed at restricting arms exports, say it would infringe on the rights of Americans to keep and bear arms. Unless the treaty specifically recognizes rights to obtain and use guns for activities such as hunting and sport shooting, it should be rejected by U.S. negotiators at the United Nations, say the skeptics.

Recently, 51 U.S. senators signed a letter to the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, stating their concerns about the proposal. The correspondence was drafted by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas.

The letter "sends a powerful message to the Obama administration: an arms trade treaty that does not protect ownership of civilian firearms will fail in the Senate," Moran explained.

It certainly does issue a strong warning. Though Obama often wins on issues in the Senate because Democrats are in the majority there, this is a situation in which that will not happen. Eight Democrat senators signed the letter.

Democrats who signed the letter clearly believe - as some of their peers do not - that it is more important to represent their constituents than to agree with Obama.

Though the latest negotiations on the treaty fell apart Friday, talks could resume later this summer.

 
 

 

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