President Trump made news on Friday at the National Rifle Association (NRA)’s Annual Convention by declaring that he was revoking America’s signature in the international arms treaty, dealing another blow to Barack Obama’s already tattered legacy and whatever remains of it.  

Speaking before an enthusiastic crowd of NRA members, Trump blasted the treaty as a threat to the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens that will subjugate them to foreign regimes, restrictions and regulations. 

He also warned the same treaty would threaten the Second Amendment which is fundamental to most Americans,  promising to protect those rights as long as he was President.

NRA members during the Annual Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday April 26, 2019. Credit: AP/Evan Vucci

Without mincing words, Trump excoriated the international treaty aimed at regulating the trade on global conventional arms as “badly misguided” and an encroachment on U.S. sovereignty.

“Under my Administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone.  We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedom and that is why my Administration will never ratify the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty,” in reference to the right to bear arms.

The treaty which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on April 2, 2013 and signed by Barack Obama was never ratified by the U.S. Senate hence giving President Trump this opportunity to revoke its signature.

“I am officially announcing today that the United States will be revoking the effect of America’s signature from this badly misguided treaty.  We’re taking our signature back,” he said to loud applause.

President Trump with NRA Executives Chris Cox (L) and CEO Wayne LaPierre {R) at the 2019 NRA Annual Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday April 26, 2019. Credit: AP

“The United Nations will soon receive a formal notice that America is rejecting this treaty,” he added, lifting the notice that he intended to sign and thus begin the arduous process of revocation.

“As part of this decision, I will sign right now, in front of a lot of witnesses …a message asking the Senate to discontinue the treaty ratification process and to return the now-rejected treaty right back to me  in the Oval Office where I will dispose of it. 

“By taking these actions, we are reaffirming that American liberty is sacred and that American citizens live by American laws, not the laws of foreign countries,” he concluded. 

Then, in a Trumpian-style symbolic gesture, he signed the notice compelling the Senate to begin a process to withdraw the U.S. and formally revoke its  signature to the international arms treaty which would place controls on the nation’s ability to trade in arms with its allies and partners.

President Trump holds a signed order at the NRA Annual Convention revoking the U.S. signature from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty signed by Barack Obama but never ratified – Friday April 26, 2019, Indianapolis, Indiana. Credit: AFP

The treaty signed by Barack Obama in 2013 was never ratified.

Pro-Second Amendment groups including gun rights advocates and the NRA have long argued the global regime would violate U.S. sovereignty by subjecting the country’s policies to intervention and subjugation by an external foreign entity whose objectives are counter to everything that the country advocates and stands for.

In response, the United Nations pointed to the fact that the treaty is “the only global instrument aimed at improving transparency and accountability in the international arms trade.”

This is another big win for President Trump against anti-gun Democrats particularly with the 2020 elections already in play.

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