Paul, a long-time Second Amendment supporter and strong opponent of gun control legislation, addressed subscribers of the National Association on Gun Rights’ email list on Saturday to demand they speak up about an alleged attempt to disarm Americans by way of a United Nations treaty supported by the US.The UN Arms Trade Treaty was proposed with the intent of curbing mass acts of violence in parts of the world ravaged by uprisings and civil war. According to Paul, however, it is being endorsed by US President Barack Obama and his administration because it would be the beginning of the end for gun ownership in the States.“But after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut — and anti-gun hysteria in the national media reaching a fever pitch — there’s no doubt President Obama and his anti-gun pals believe the timing has never been better to ram through the UN’s global gun control crown jewel,” wrote Paul.“I don’t know about you, but watching anti-American globalists plot against our Constitution makes me sick.”The UN did approve the Arms Trade Treaty last month when the US and 153 other nations signed on to support the measure, “Yet because the Constitution requires that two-thirds of the Senate give its advice and consent to any treaty, Second Amendment supporters still have a political route to stop the administration,” the Wall Street Journal acknowledged at the time.Sixty-seven of the 100 US senators would need to approve the treaty before the country can adopt the measure, but 53 of the lawmakers said as recently as this March that they would vote against the effort — essentially leaving the treaty unlikely to be accepted by the US at any time in the near future. But even if the likelihood of the US adopting the treaty seems grim, efforts in across the country have been underway for some time to ensure the president isn’t presented the opportunity to sign on.“If you sign it, and if the US Senate ratifies the treaty, Texas will lead the charge to have the treaty overturned in court as a violation of the US Constitution,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, wrote President Obama earlier this year.“I am deeply disappointed with the Obama administration’s vote today in support of forcing the ominous Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) through the UN General Assembly,” added Sen. Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania). “For the sake of our national interests and Constitutional freedom, I strongly urge President Obama to reject the ATT.”Sen. Paul has now become the latest high-ranking Republican to issue a call to arms. His email sent out on Saturday was addressed to “Dear fellow Patriot” and insisted that “Gun-grabbers around the globe believe they have it made.”“So far, the gun-grabbers have successfully kept many of their schemes under wraps. But looking at previous attempts by the UN to pass global gun control, you and I can get a good idea of what’s likely in the works,” Paul wrote.“You can bet the UN is working to FORCE the US to implement every single one of these anti-gun policies,” he added, only to claim the treaty will enact tougher licensing requirements, “making law-abiding Americans cut through even more bureaucratic red tape just to own a firearm legally.”Additionally, said Paul, the treaty would lend to the confiscation and destruction of all “unauthorized” civil firearms, as well as “ban the trade, sale and private ownership of all semi-automatic weapons.”“Ever since its founding 65 years ago, the United Nations has been hell-bent on bringing the United States to its knees,” he wrote. “To the petty dictators and one-world socialists who control the UN, the United States of America isn’t a ‘shining city on a hill’ — it’s an affront to their grand designs for the globe.”“These anti-gun globalists know that as long as Americans remain free to make our own decisions without being bossed around by big government bureaucrats, they’ll NEVER be able to seize the worldwide power they crave,” said Paul.Others, however, say he has things all wrong. “The treaty adopted today will establish a common international standard for the national regulation of the international trade in conventional arms and require all states to develop and implement the kind of systems that the United States already has in place,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said last month. “It will help reduce the risk that international transfers of conventional arms will be used to carry out the world’s worst crimes, including terrorism, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.”“By its own terms, this treaty applies only to international trade, and reaffirms the sovereign right of any State to regulate arms within its territory. As the United States has required from the outset of these negotiations, nothing in this treaty could ever infringe on the rights of American citizens under our domestic law or the Constitution, including the Second Amendment,” said Kerry. …
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Packed inside a stadium on the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur , 40,000 Malaysian opposition supporters held a rally
against last weekend’s election results, they say tainted by fraud.
The election was considered Malaysia’s most keenly contested poll since independence.
Among the crowd was its leader, Anwar Ibrahim, vowing to expose what he calls “stolen polls”. The ruling coalition Mr Najib’s Barisan Nasional (BN or National Front) won 133 of the 222 of the parliamentary seats. Anwar Ibrahim is calling for a recount. The Prime Minister Najib Razak vehemently denies the opposition`s allegations of fraud.
However, The United States has also raised questions about the conduct of the election,. The White House has now urged the government to address concerns.
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ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers approved a measure abolishing the death penalty on Friday, and the bill is expected to be signed by the Democratic governor who has long pushed for banning capital punishment in the state.If the measure is signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley, it will make Maryland the 18th state in the nation to do away with the death penalty.A repeal bill won final passage from the House of Delegates on Friday. It already had been approved by the Senate.The House advanced the legislation this week after delegates rejected nearly 20 amendments, mostly from Republicans, aimed at keeping capital punishment for the most heinous crimes.If passed, life without the possibility of parole would be the most severe sentence in the state.Supporters of repeal argue that the death penalty is costly, error-prone, racially biased and a poor deterrent of crime. But opponents say it is a necessary tool to punish lawbreakers who commit the most egregious crimes.Maryland has five men on death row. The measure would not apply to them retroactively, but the legislation makes clear that the governor can commute their sentences to life in prison without the possibility of parole.Continue Reading… …
Socialist gun grabbers were dealt a tremendous blow just a couple of weeks ago, in part due to pressure by American patriots letting Washington elected officials know that they would not go quietly into the night towards tyranny. …
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Both the House and the Senate will introduce ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a key piece of gay rights legislation that prevents discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgender people in the workplace.The Washington Blade reports:The bill will be reintroduced in the House by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), the most senior openly gay member of the chamber, who’s taking over the legislation now that former Rep. Barney Frank has retired. In the Senate, the legislation will be reintroduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). The lawmakers’ offices confirmed they would introduce ENDA concurrently on Thursday.Though the White House has said it plans to make ENDA’s passage a priority, though it has not made much headway, and the legislation has had a hard time getting any traction in Congress. Supporters of the legislation hope that with the recent slew of Senators who have come out in support of gay marriage, ENDA will have more of a fighting chance.Continue Reading… …