Ralph E WallSrAdmin started the discussion "LETTER FROM CONGRESSMAN GRIFFITH 9th DISTRICT" in the group Commonwealth of Virginia on Tea Party Command Center
Thank you for contacting me regarding Second Amendment rights. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.
On April 2, 2013, 154 countries, including the United States, voted in favor of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the U.N. General Assembly.
I understand the intent and the effort to stop illegal arms sales, but it is clear that this treaty doesn't understand or take into consideration the history of the United States or our Constitution. In its preamble, it violates the Constitution by claiming to reaffirm the right of the State to regulate firearms. But the right to be able to defend oneself by bearing arms is a part of the natural law recognized by the United States Constitution. While this right was recognized by the Constitution, it was not granted by the Constitution because the power of the State cannot take away the natural laws of man.
These natural laws were the basis for both the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Virginia would not have ratified the Constitution if these rights were not recognized. Secretary of State Kerry and the Obama administration clearly do not understand the history of the United States and the importance of the Bill of Rights, or they would not have agreed to a document that so callously disregards those rights. While George III would have loved this treaty, I feel certain that Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Washington, and the other luminaries of Virginia's revolutionary period would feel betrayed.
You may be interested to know last Congress, I cosponsored H. Res. 814 to oppose the ATT, and also joined more than 100 House members in sending a letter to President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opposing the ATT. This Congress, I am one of 129 bipartisan cosponsors of H. Con. Res. 23, a resolution that makes clear that the ATT undermines Constitutional freedom.
As you know, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads: "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." While some may disagree, I believe the plain language of this Amendment guarantees the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. I strongly oppose limitations on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owner who do not suffer from severe mental illness. We must not hinder the ability of law-abiding citizens to bear arms.
For more information on what is happening in Congress, please visit my website atwww.morgangriffith.house.gov (http://www.morgangriffith.house.gov/). If I may be of further assistance to you on this, or any other issue, please feel free to contact me in my Washington, DC office at (202) 225-3861. I remain
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