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Republicans Seek To Help Terrorists Get Weapons

Greg Hittelman of the Conflict Awareness Project, writes that “The world’s weapons business is a kind of Wild West: law and order is not the rule, it’s the exception.” The unregulated flow of deadly weapons across international borders has encouraged the high rate of war between nations, civil war, terrorism, piracy, and other violent crime. Totalitarian regimes have relied on easy access to weaponry to intimidate dissidents and prevent political reforms.

The business of international arms trade is highly destructive, but it’s also highly profitable. The international Arms Trade Treaty to be completed by the United Nations this month will regulate the flow of weapons across international borders, diminishing the suffering caused by the unscrupulous governments and individuals who seek to purchase and use weaponry that isn’t manufactured in the countries where they live. The treaty won’t work, however, if large nations like the United States don’t participate.

A large group of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, are seeking to cripple the international Arms Trade Treaty by preventing American participation. This week, led by Pennsylvania Republican Mike Kelly, they introduced H. Con. Res. 23, legislation that calls upon Barack Obama to disable the Arms Trade Treaty by refusing to sign it.

The consequences of failure to ratify the international Arms Trade Treaty are clear. Deadly weapons will continue to be easily available to members of Al Quaeda and other terrorist organizations, if the House Republicans have their way. These weapons will be used against American soldiers, and will help terrorists, dictators, and international criminal organizations to increase their power.

Why would anyone knowingly create such dangerous conditions?

international arms trade treatyThe House Republicans who have signed H. Con. Res. 23 are uncritically repeating the claims of the National Rifle Association that the Arms Trade Treaty somehow violates the second amendment rights of American citizens. These claims are without basis in fact, however, and have been proven to be without merit.

The International Arms Treaty explicitly recognizes that national legal systems for regulating weaponry will continue to have precedence over the treaty itself. Furthermore, under American law, no treaty can overrule the Constitution, which is always the supreme law of the land.

What’s more, though the second amendment establishes the right of people in the United States to keep and bear weapons, the second amendment does not establish the right of people or businesses in the United States to sell deadly weapons to foreign governments, criminals and terrorists. There is no constitutional right to profit from bloodshed.

Yet, that’s just what the House Republicans who support H. Con. Res. 23 are seeking to protect. They claim, in writing, that the need of international arms merchants to turn a profit must not be interfered with. H. Con. Res. 23 complains that the “Treaty risks imposing costly regulatory burdens on United States businesses, for example, by creating onerous reporting requirements “. However, the international Arms Trade Treaty would actually create no new regulatory reporting requirements. What would happen, if the Arms Trade Treaty were ratified by a large number of nations, including the United States, is that the ability of terrorists, dictators and criminal organizations to purchase American weapons would become severely reduced. That would, it’s true, dry up the international marketplace for deadly weapons. As a result, Americans weapons manufacturers would probably not enjoy the amount of profit that they have had in the past.

Most people recognize that diminished profits for the manufacturers of deadly weapons is a reasonable price to pay for a world with less crime, less terrorism, less despotism, and less war. The politicians who signed H. Con. Res 23, however, just don’t see things that way. So long as weapons manufacturers can profit, they prefer to keep the world in its current violent state.

Their motivation for protecting the economic interests of weapons manufacturers isn’t very abstract, either. Every single politician on the list below, of members of Congress who have signed H. Con. Res. 23, has been given money by the representatives of companies that manufacture deadly weapons for profit. They are willing to unleash deadly violence upon the world, in order to sustain their own individual appetite for corruption.

Politicians In Congress Who Want To Protect Terrorists’ Access To Deadly Weapons:

Rep. Mike Kelly (Republican-PA, District 3
Rep. Mark Amodei (Republican-NV, District 2)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (Republican-MN, District 6)
Rep. Lou Barletta (Republican-PA, District 11)
Rep. Joe Barton (Republican-TX, District 6)
Rep. Dan Benishek (Republican-MI, District 1)
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (Republican-MI, District 11)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (Republican-FL, District 12)
Rep. Rob Bishop (Republican-UT, District 1)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Republican-TN, District 7)
Rep. Charles Boustany (Republican-LA, District 3)
Rep. Kevin Brady (Republican-TX, District 8)
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Republican-OK, District 1)
Rep. Mo Brooks (Republican-AL, District 5)
Rep. Paul Broun (Republican-GA, District 10)
Rep. Larry Bucshon (Republican-IN, District 8)
Rep. Michael Burgess (Republican-TX, District 26)
Rep. Ken Calvert (Republican-CA, District 42)
Rep. Shelley Capito (Republican-WV, District 2)
Rep. John Carter (Republican-TX, District 31)
Rep. Steve Chabot (Republican-OH, District 1)
Rep. K. Conaway (Republican-TX, District 11)
Rep. Tom Cotton (Republican-AR, District 4)
Rep. Eric Crawford (Republican-AR, District 1)
Rep. John Culberson (Republican-TX, District 7)
Rep. Steve Daines (Republican-MT, District 0)
Rep. Ron DeSantis (Republican-FL, District 6)
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (Republican-TN, District 4)
Rep. Jeff Duncan (Republican-SC, District 3)
Rep. John Duncan (Republican-TN, District 2)
Rep. Renee Ellmers (Republican-NC, District 2)
Rep. Blake Farenthold (Republican-TX, District 27)
Rep. Stephen Fincher (Republican-TN, District 8)
Rep. Charles Fleischmann (Republican-TN, District 3)
Rep. John Fleming (Republican-LA, District 4)
Rep. Bill Flores (Republican-TX, District 17)
Rep. J. Forbes (Republican-VA, District 4)
Rep. Trent Franks (Republican-AZ, District 8)
Rep. Cory Gardner (Republican-CO, District 4)
Rep. Scott Garrett (Republican-NJ, District 5)
Rep. Phil Gingrey (Republican-GA, District 11)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (Republican-TX, District 1)
Rep. Paul Gosar (Republican-AZ, District 4)
Rep. Sam Graves (Republican-MO, District 6)
Rep. Tim Griffin (Republican-AR, District 2)
Rep. H. Griffith (Republican-VA, District 9)
Rep. Andy Harris (Republican-MD, District 1)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (Republican-MO, District 4)
Rep. George Holding (Republican-NC, District 13)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Republican-KS, District 1)
Rep. Bill Huizenga (Republican-MI, District 2)
Rep. Randy Hultgren (Republican-IL, District 14)
Rep. Duncan Hunter (Republican-CA, District 50)
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (Republican-KS, District 2)
Rep. Bill Johnson (Republican-OH, District 6)
Rep. Walter Jones (Republican-NC, District 3)
Rep. Jim Jordan (Republican-OH, District 4)
Rep. Steve King (Republican-IA, District 4)
Rep. John Kline (Republican-MN, District 2)
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (Republican-CA, District 1)
Rep. Doug Lamborn (Republican-CO, District 5)
Rep. James Lankford (Republican-OK, District 5)
Rep. Robert Latta (Republican-OH, District 5)
Rep. Billy Long (Republican-MO, District 7)
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (Republican-MO, District 3)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (Republican-TX, District 24)
Rep. Tom Marino (Republican-PA, District 10)
Rep. Michael McCaul (R
epublican-TX, District 10)
Rep. Tom McClintock (Republican-CA, District 4)
Rep. David McKinley (Republican-WV, District 1)
Rep. Mark Meadows (Republican-NC, District 11)
Rep. Luke Messer (Republican-IN, District 6)
Rep. Michael Michaud (Democrat-ME, District 2)
Rep. Jeff Miller (Republican-FL, District 1)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (Republican-OK, District 2)
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (Republican-SC, District 5)
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (Republican-TX, District 19)
Rep. Kristi Noem (Republican-SD, District 0)
Rep. Richard Nugent (Republican-FL, District 11)
Rep. Alan Nunnelee (Republican-MS, District 1)
Rep. Pete Olson (Republican-TX, District 22)
Rep. Steven Palazzo (Republican-MS, District 4)
Rep. Stevan Pearce (Republican-NM, District 2)
Rep. Scott Perry (Republican-PA, District 4)
Rep. Robert Pittenger (Republican-NC, District 9)
Rep. Ted Poe (Republican-TX, District 2)
Rep. Mike Pompeo (Republican-KS, District 4)
Rep. Bill Posey (Republican-FL, District 8)
Rep. Trey Radel (Republican-FL, District 19)
Rep. Nick Rahall (Democrat-WV, District 3)
Rep. Tom Reed (Republican-NY, District 23)
Rep. David Roe (Republican-TN, District 1)
Rep. Mike Rogers (Republican-AL, District 3)
Rep. Dennis Ross (Republican-FL, District 15)
Rep. Keith Rothfus (Republican-PA, District 12)
Rep. Matt Salmon (Republican-AZ, District 5)
Rep. Steve Scalise (Republican-LA, District 1)
Rep. David Schweikert (Republican-AZ, District 6)
Rep. Austin Scott (Republican-GA, District 8)
Rep. Pete Sessions (Republican-TX, District 32)
Rep. John Shimkus (Republican-IL, District 15)
Rep. Adrian Smith (Republican-NE, District 3)
Rep. Steve Southerland (Republican-FL, District 2)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Republican-UT, District 2)
Rep. Steve Stivers (Republican-OH, District 15)
Rep. Steve Stockman (Republican-TX, District 36)
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Republican-IN, District 3)
Rep. Glenn Thompson (Republican-PA, District 5)
Rep. Mac Thornberry (Republican-TX, District 13)
Rep. Patrick Tiberi (Republican-OH, District 12)
Rep. Ann Wagner (Republican-MO, District 2)
Rep. Tim Walberg (Republican-MI, District 7)
Rep. Randy Weber (Republican-TX, District 14)
Rep. Brad Wenstrup (Republican-OH, District 2)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (Republican-GA, District 3)
Rep. Ed Whitfield (Republican-KY, District 1)
Rep. Joe Wilson (Republican-SC, District 2)
Rep. Robert Wittman (Republican-VA, District 1)
Rep. Steve Womack (Republican-AR, District 3)
Rep. Kevin Yoder (Republican-KS, District 3)
Rep. Ted Yoho (Republican-FL, District 3)
Rep. C. Young (Republican-FL, District 13)
Rep. Don Young (Republican-AK)

1 comment to Republicans Seek To Help Terrorists Get Weapons

  • manning120

    I never heard of this connection between the 2nd Amendment and international arms trade. This is big. Are we looking at an extension of the Citizens United concept that corporations that profit from the arms trade are people? People, that is, whose right to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed? Incredible!

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