Texas v. Obama, Part XXX: Greg Abbott Pledges Lawsuit Over U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

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What happens to creatures that try to take Greg Abbott's guns.
The goal of the U.N.'s Arms Trade Treaty -- of fostering international peace and cooperation and "reducing human suffering" -- is laudable. Its methods, which basically consist of asking countries to monitor gun exports so they don't wind up in the hands of terrorists and other malevolent actors, are commonsense. In a rational world, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry adding his signature on Wednesday would be a benign and unobjectionable piece of diplomatic theater.

But this is not a rational world. The NRA immediately bristled at the mention of "small arms and light weapons" and predicted that the treaty will be used as a pretext for a gun registry, which are "blatant attacks on the constitutional rights and liberties of every law-abiding American." Glenn Beck also sounded the alarm.

In Texas, there was a similar refrain.

"I'd like the see the UN try to send inspectors to the Texas State Rifle Association's annual gathering," Senator John Cornyn said in a statement to the Texas Tribune. "Secretary Kerry's signature on the UN Arms Trade Treaty is the latest in a long line of the Obama administration's attempts to trounce on the constitutional rights of law-abiding Texans and Americans across the country."

See also: U.N. Swears it Has No Plans to Invade Lubbock County

But Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is the only one who has laid out a clear plan of action. Here's how he put it Tuesday in a message to supporters:

If Sec. Kerry signs and the U.S. Senate ratifies, Texas will lead the charge to have the treaty overturned in court as a violation of the U.S. Constitution, and Greg Abbott will file his 30th lawsuit against the Obama Administration.

He elaborated in a statement on Wednesday:

By signing this treaty, the Obama administration has attempted to subject Americans' right to bear arms to the oversight of the United Nations ... This treaty contradicts the underpinning philosophy of our country and establishes the precedent that the UN has some level of authority to govern our lives.

Yet Abbott will probably never have to back up his tough talk. The treaty would have to be ratified by a two-thirds vote in the Senate, and none of that body's 46 Republicans seem particularly eager to cast a vote that looks like it's for gun control. As Slate noted yesterday, it's likely to simply "collect dust."

Too bad for Abbott, who will have to accept political credit for standing up for gun rights without actually having to stand up for gun rights.

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RTGolden1 topcommenter

I'm 100% against signing this treaty, or any other treaty coming out of the UN.  With the exception of WHO and UNESCO, the UN hasn't done anything useful since, ever.  Kick them out of NY, turn their building into a low income housing/education facility, turn the WHO and UNESCO functions over to non-profit NGO's (they do a better job than the UN anyway).


Does anyone in Texas think Secretary Kerry or President Obama  gives a dam about Texas when they are working on a UN treaty? How crazy or the folk that hold elective office in this State.Greg Abbott just want publicity because he running for Governor and using Taxpayers money to play these games.What happen to all the Conservatives while Abbott spends all this money on lawsuits at last count about 30 so far. 


Lets hope Abbots Stand on gun control isn't the same as where he Sits on Tort Reform


Republicans on Climate Change: "You can't predict the future. You don't know what things will look like in ten years."

Republicans on Anything Gun-Related: "Obama's starting down a slippery slope. Let me tell you exactly what's going to happen in ten years. "


"Too bad for Abbott, who will have to accept political credit for standing up for gun rights without actually having to stand up for gun rights."

Might want to reword that one. 

mavdog topcommenter

apparently Abbott should read the treaty...in the Preamble:

Reaffirming the sovereign right of any State to regulate conventional arms exclusively within its territory, pursuant to its own legal or constitutional system.

but then why let the actual Treaty get in the way of some good political grandstanding by Abbott et al?

what an embarrassment.


Am I experiencing deja vu, or didn't he make that same comment during the last election in regards to the UN election monitors? "I'd like to see the UN blah blah blah..."


@oakclifftownie Sits....lol.  I follow him on facebook and for a guy in a wheelchair he sure asks people to stand with him a lot.


@mavdog Now you listen here and you listen good. I ain't much for readin', but this Greg Abbott has a nice white sounding name AND he's a true Texan. So when he says something about Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, we all best listen and agree. If we can't listen to someone who tells us stuff, what is this world gonna come to? Next thing you know it'll be legal to smoke aborted fetuses out of pipes made from our deconstructed guns. I don't know about you but that ain't no America I want to live in!


Oh yeah, that's the time the inspectors laughed at us for not requiring photo ID. What an embarrassment!

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