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Old June 7, 2010, 06:07 PM   #2
Bartholomew Roberts
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A couple of points:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States reversed policy on Wednesday and said it would back launching talks on a treaty to regulate arms sales as long as the talks operated by consensus, a stance critics said gave every nation a veto.
The United States and Britain already have some of the strictest arms export/import regulations in the world. The chance that the small arms treaty survives a process where Russia and China are forced to adopt U.S. style import/export regulations is about zero. The "reversal" of U.S. policy is mostly just theater for the base as long as we continue to insist the talks operate by consensus.

Second, if you check the sticky at the top of this forum, there is the CIFTA Treaty - which we already have signed and is extremely restrictive and President Obama has asked the Senate to ratify. If you are concerned about treaty issues, that might be a better place to look.

Third, no treaty affecting our Second Amendment rights is likely to pass before November and the ability of the Senate to ratify one after November depends on the elections; but the UN treaty is a ways off (this summer is just another round of talking) and ratification of the CIFTA treaty has little visible support currently.

Fourth, this is pretty much the definition of a drive-by post and on an often-posted and overhyped subject, so don't be surprised if it gets locked.
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