On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump pledged that “we will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism.”
And today he took a massive step towards following through on that pledge by announcing he is removing the U.S. signature from the U.N. Small Arms Treaty, which was signed by former Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013.
“My administration will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone. My administration will never ratify the UN Arms Treaty,” Trump said while speaking at the National Rifle Association conference in Indiana.
The U.N. Small Arms Treaty is designed to create regulations on the import and export on small arms, which includes everyday firearms that U.S. citizens have the right to own. But gun rights advocates have long been concerned about having a global system of gun regulations, especially with the vast majority of nations leading the effort being vehemently anti-gun.
Gun rights groups like the National Association for Gun Rights have long been sounding the alarm on the treaty, calling it a “global gun control scheme” which could result in global gun licensing requirements, an international gun registration, and bans on the private ownership of certain firearms.
Big League Politics spoke to Dudley Brown, who is the President of the National Association for Gun Rights to discuss the monumental decision.
“It’s been a long slog since Hillary Clinton announced our country would support the Treaty in 2009,” Brown told Big League Politics. “And finally a stake has been put in the heart of this vampire. Now we just need to make sure we’re not still paying for it, which we have been.”
The Treaty first gained traction in October of 2009 when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the U.S.’s support, stating that, “The United States is committed to actively pursuing a strong and robust treaty that contains the highest possible, legally binding standards for the international transfer of conventional weapons.”
This was quickly followed by Congress voting to support the measure at a 2012 U.N. conference. In 2013 is when Kerry put his signature on the move, only having ratification left to accomplish.
But because of the work of group’s like the National Association for Gun Rights and figures like U.S. Sen Rand Paul, the move never gained any traction beyond the signature. The U.S. has continued to fund the implementation of the treaty, despite efforts to remove those funds. It is unclear if Trump removing the signature will also cancel any future funding.
Trump remove the signature makes clear the U.N. that the U.S. is not in any way involved in their global gun control scheme.
Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse
At this Time, Cons
Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer, posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail.
In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”
This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.
Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”
She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”
The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”
Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”
Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”
At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.
It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks.
Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?
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