Barack Obama has spent eight years in the White House, but he hasn't managed to meaningfully move the needle on gun control — but he hasn't given up yet.
With just over a month left in office and no gun control achievements to speak of during his time in the White House, President Obama has sent the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to the Senate for one last shot at ratification.
The ATT garnered a lot of attention as it moved through various bureaucratic channels in 2012 and 2013. Breitbart News reported that the treaty was supported by 46 Senators, two of whom were Independents–Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Angus King (I-Maine)–and the rest of whom were Democrats. It was signed by Secretary of State John Kerry on September 25, 2013, but it is not binding because Republican Senators shot down ratification efforts.
At the time that Kerry signed the treaty the NRA warned, “This treaty threatens individual firearm ownership with an invasive registration scheme [and is full of regulations and requirements that are] blatant attacks on the constitutional rights of every law-abiding American.”
The “registration scheme” referenced by the NRA is a clear and present danger which still presents itself in this latest ratification attempt.
Obama has many times complained about his inability to push a gun control measure through congress, calling his efforts “common sense.” Apparently, Obama's understanding of common sense necessitates total disregard for the second amendment.