President Obama has lost (at least, temporarily) his gun-control battle as the Senate shot down his beloved assault weapons ban in its latest gun-control legislation (due to waning support). But that hasn’t stopped the administration from “making up for lost ground by pursuing a broader gun grab at the United Nations,” according to the Washington Times.
Thankfully, the Senate did its job again on last Friday, and voted in favor of an amendment that prevented the U.S. from entering this U.N. Small Arms Treaty.
The Hill reported on March 23, 2013, “Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53-46 vote.”
Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, stated, “Thanks to the efforts of Senator Inhofe, we are one step closer to ensuring the UN will not trample on the freedoms our Founding Fathers guaranteed to us.”
The Senate’s vote against entering U.N.’s Small Arms Treaty is terrific news, of course.
It is important for ALL Americans to understand that our Constitution is Law of Our Land, superseding any international treaty, no matter how the Senate votes. We have been taught for so long to believe that government treaties overrule our Constitution. But, that’s simply not true. In fact, it is a lie.
According to The Movement to Torch the United States Constitution, “This is just another strategy by the enemies of our Constitution to work through the United Nations in order to push an international law to ban guns.”
Their (‘powers that be’) objective is to make a treaty that will overrule the guaranteed right of U.S. citizens to bear arms, which our Founding Fathers perceived as critical to a free people. In fact, the Second Amendment was crafted mainly to secure a citizen’s right to protect themselves from tyranny of the very ‘powers that be’ that are attacking it (Second Amendment) at the present moment.
From They Fired the First Shot, published by Caritas of Birmingham:
“No treaty can be made which trumps the United States Constitution or any part of the Constitution period. It is not true that treaties can modify law when they do not conform to the Constitution, and it is not true that treaties can change the Constitution itself, even if ratified by the Senate.”
There have certainly been efforts by the “powers that be” to push the United States into the U.N.’s Small Arms Treaty. This may come as a surprise to many……but, because this treaty is ultimately aimed at disarming Americans, it is in contradiction of the Constitution, and is to be “held invalid.”
Yet, there is still a big lie being perpetrated against the Constitution (at the present time) attempting to convince Americans that the Constitution can be changed by treaty.
Article VI of the United States Constitution states:
“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, ‘under’ the authority of the United States, shall be supreme Law of the Land.”
This means there are three things that make up the Supreme Law of the Land:
1. The Constitution itself.
2. The Laws of the United States made in pursuance of the Constitution.
Pursuance means: A following: prosecution, process or continued exertion to reach or accomplish something: as in pursuance of the main design (The main design of the Constitution). Therefore, laws that follow the Constitution or laws made in consequence of the Constitution.
3. Treaties made under the authority of the United States.
From They Fired the First Shot:
“In regards to the wording in Article VI of the Constitution, in number 3, which states treaties made “under the authority of the United States,” this has been altered by revisionists and twisted around by those who promote and teach that treaties trump the Constitution.
1. Enemies of the Constitution say: “The Constitution does not say that treaties must be made in Pursuance of the Constitution, only that they are made under the authority of the United States.”
Fact: This, in fact, is not true…Pursuance of the main design. The main design is the Constitution. Therefore, all treaties must conform to and not contradict the Constitution.
2. Enemies of the Constitution say: “Treaties are part of the Supreme Law of the Land.”
Fact: This, in fact, is not true….Treaties are not the Supreme Law of the Land, the United States Constitution is. Treaties become law only when they conform to the Constitution.
3. Enemies of the Constitution say: “Congress makes new laws that validly override previous laws, and therefore we can make new treaties that override the Constitution and take precedence as the Supreme Law of the Land.”
Fact: This, in fact, is not true…even though Congress can make new laws that override previous laws, they cannot make new laws that contradict the Constitution, and by the same principles the Senate cannot ratify treaties proposed by the president that contradict the Constitution.
“Could you ever really think that our Founding Fathers, who knew tyranny all too well, would spend so much effort to draft the Constitution only to include a clause that would make it possible for the entire document to be changed by a treaty? This is exactly what is being attempted over the United States at the present. If treaties don’t have to “follow” the Constitution, then a treaty could at any time, be passed by Congress and completely wipe out the entire Constitution. Does this make any sense at all? Absolutely not! It is absurd to think that our Founding Fathers ever had it, as a figment of thought in their minds, to set the United States up in this way.”
The Supreme Court has ruled very explicitly in several cases that treaties must conform to and can NOT violate the Constitution.
In 1853, the U.S. Supreme Court decide in Doe v. Braden:
“The treaty is therefore a law made by the proper authority, and the courts of justice have no right to annul or disregard any of its provisions unless they violate the Constitution of the United States.”
In 1870, from a case titled, The Cherokee Tobacco:
“It need hardly be said that a treaty cannot change the Constitution or be held valid if it be in violation of that instrument.”
Therefore, a treaty in contradiction of the Constitution is to be “held invalid.” In clear terms it is nullified by the Constitution. So, it’s no wonder globalists hate the U.S. Constitution. Their tyrannical lust cannot run over the whole world until the U.S. Constitution is destroyed.
In 1890, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Geofroy v. Riggs,“It would not be contended that (treaty power) extends so far as to authorize what the Constitution forbids…”
However, some of the strongest language comes from one of the most recent cases. In 1956 in Reid v. Covert the Supreme Court ruled that:
“The obvious and decisive answer to this, of course, is that ‘no’ agreement with a foreign nation can confer power on the Congress, or on any other branch of Government, which is free from the restraints of the Constitution…”
No treaty, no agreement, nothing can be made without being under the restraint of the Constitution, and this is decisive.
The Supreme Court then continued (in Reid v. Covert):
“There is nothing in this language [in Article VI] which intimates that treaties and laws enacted pursuant to them do not have to comply with the provisions of the Constitution…”
Therefore, treaties clearly must still be in conformity with the Constitution.
The Supreme Court then continued (in Reid v. Covert):
“It would be manifestly contrary to the objectives of those who created the Constitution, as well as those who were responsible for the Bill of Rights—let alone alien to our entire constitutional history and tradition—to construe Article VI as permitting the United States to exercise power under international agreement without observing constitutional prohibitions….”
The Founders would never have conceived that all their work could be wiped away in one single treaty. Yet, the enemies of the Constitution have been very successful at making Americans believe the Constitution means something other than what it means.
The Supreme Court finished by stating (in Reid v. Covert, emphasis mine), “This Court has regularly and uniformly recognized the supremacy of the Constitution over a treaty.”
Many of us have been taught to believe that any and all treaties trump any laws in conflict with the adopted treaty. So, it’s no wonder the Second Amendment is under assault to be nullified the U.N.’s Small Arms Treaty. But, our Founding Fathers never intended for an international treaty that would nullify the Second Amendment (or any other Amendment, for that matter).
From They Fired the First Shot:
“Treaties cannot change our law when it is in conflict with the Constitution. The Constitution is the Supreme Law that ALL treaties must conform to when they are adopted. Otherwise, these treaties are UNCONSTITITIONAL. Treaties can only change law when they are in accord with what the Constitution allows.”
The U.N.’s Small Arms Treaty is in contradiction of the Constitution (since it conflicts with the Second Amendment), which means it is automatically nullified.
The Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment very clearly– the Constitutional right for every American to bear arms.
Quite frankly, I believe we should be questioning those who are pushing to change the U.S. Constitution through an international treaty (by unlawfully circumventing the Second Amendment), anyway. Since the Senate voted in favor of preventing the U.S. from entering into U.N.’s Small Arms Treaty, there has been great debate about those 46 senators who did NOT vote in favor of it upholding the Second Amendment. So, far, there have only been two explanations as to why these senators would support such an unlawful treaty. One, that they have also been duped (into believing that treaties supersede the Constitution), and two, that they themselves are enemies of the Constitution.
Either way, we must do what we can to educate our fellow Americans, and dispel the lie many of us had also believed as truth. We must keep reminding each other that the U.S. Constitution is still the Law of Our Land.