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Subject: Thank You For Contacting My Office
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2012 11:43:11 -0400
Thank you for contacting me regarding a proposed treaty
on international arms trade. I appreciate having the benefit
of your comments on this matter.
In October 2009, the Obama Administration announced
that it would reverse current U.S. policy by supporting the
launch of United Nations (UN) talks on the formation of
a treaty to regulate international arms sales. Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton stated that U.S. support of these
talks is predicated on the negotiations operating under
the rules of consensus decision-making, which afford
each nation veto authority. I share your concerns
regarding the implications of such a treaty.
The negotiating forum for these talks, the UN Conference
on the Arms Trade Treaty, seeks to propose a legally
binding treaty to increase regulation of, and set
international standards for, the import, export, and
transfer of conventional weapons. A conference to
negotiate a treaty text began in New York on July 12,
2012. Furthermore, it is important to note that, should
a U.S. President choose to sign the resulting treaty text
in the future, it would subsequently require ratification
by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate in order to enter into
Therefore, I have joined with my colleagues in signing
a letter to President Obama and Secretary Clinton
expressing grave concern about the dangers posed by
this treaty to our Second Amendment rights, and
encouraging President Obama and Secretary Clinton
to uphold our country’s constitutional protections of
civilian firearm ownership as the treaty process continues.
It is essential to safeguard the law-abiding citizens’
constitutional right to own and use firearms
for legitimate purposes such as hunting, target
collecting, and self-protection. Restricting this right
runs counter to the intent of our Founding Fathers,
who expressly guaranteed in the Second Amendment
that citizens would retain the right to keep and bear
The United States must carefully evaluate actions
taken by international organizations to determine
whether they are consistent with our national interests.
As Americans, we take pride in our nation and its
hard-fought independence, and you may be certain
that I will vigorously oppose any legislation or action
that infringes upon that sovereignty.
I appreciate the opportunity to represent Texans
in the United States Senate, and you may be certain
that I will continue working with my colleagues to
protect our sovereignty and defend our Second
Amendment rights. Thank you for taking the
time to contact me.
United States Senator
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-2934
Fax: (202) 228-2856
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