How President Obama Can Implement the U.N. Gun-ban

U.S. Constitution: Article 2, Section 2

“The President… shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…”

There are two paths to Obama’s imposition upon the U.S the U.N. treaty on controlling – then confiscating – private small arms.

The first is the Harry Reid way, by springing the consent vote on a day when Democrat senators present constitute 2/3 of those voting.

The second way is The Massachusetts Way. Just as Romneycare proved to be the forerunner of Obamacare, so, too, AN ACT RELATIVE TO GUN CONTROL IN THE COMMONWEALTH (http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/1998/Chapter180) -- more commonly known as the “Worst in the Nation Gun Laws” -- eliminated 80% of the licensed private firearms owners in the state and encumbered the remaining owners as to render their opposition to confiscation impotent. In conjunction with the cynical list of “consumer safe” approved firearms, authored by former state attorney general Scott Harshbarger, the ability of the law-abiding gun owner in Massachusetts to acquire a firearm has since been badly weakened.

This is the road Obama is most likely to take. With his Department of Commerce, Consumer Protection Bureau, and EPA packed with anti-civil rights left-wing head cases, it would be a very short step to declaring all guns sold in the country as “defective consumer products” and thus make it almost impossible to buy or own any but a short list of approved guns a la Massachusetts. One notes that the approved list does not contain most of the “defective” firearms sold in the rest of the country for no other reason than to restrict gun ownership while piously mouthing “for the children” and “it’s only common sense.” (http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/chsb/firearms/approved-weapons-roster-4-2012.pdf)

Watch for the president to attempt to so restrict firearms after the UN passes its Agenda 21 firearms registration/confiscation treaty.

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Massachusetts is First to Use Consumer Protection Laws for Handgun Safety

With the adoption of tough laws requiring all new handguns sold in the state to meet minimum quality and safety requirements, Massachusetts can finally crack down on unsafe guns.

Passage of the legislation makes Massachusetts the first state to use consumer protection laws to keep cheap, unsafe handguns off the market. The law requires new handguns to include trigger locks, built-in childproofing measures, tamper-resistant serial numbers, load indicators and verbal and written safety warnings. Gun control advocates say the regulations are no different from requirements that cars have seatbelts and headlights.

The regulations, first written in 1997 by former Attorney General Scott Harshbarger, were passed late last year after being held up in a lawsuit by the handgun industry for nearly two years. Attorney General Thomas Reilly gave the state's 700 licensed dealers until mid-April to comply with the gun safety regulations or risk losing their business license and other penalties and fines. Staff from the Attorney General's office will spot-check dealers to ensure compliance.

The MMS supports gun safety legislation as well as the education of physicians and the general public about the epidemic of gun violence. At its 1997 Annual Meeting, the MMS House of Delegates adopted a resolution on handgun safety. Sponsored by the Committee on Public Health, the resolution, among other things, supports requirements for safety features in the design and manufacture of firearms in order to reduce unintentional firearm-related deaths and injuries.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, ten children under the age of 20 are killed by handguns every day in the U.S. How can physicians help reduce firearm death and injury, particularly among children?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians and other adolescent health care professionals ask families about the presence of a gun in the home and, if present, counsel them to remove it or to secure it and the ammunition separately, and to hide the keys where children can't find them. The American Medical Association (AMA) urges physicians to assess patients' risk for violence and counsel patients on safety practices related to guns. The AMA's National Coalition of Physicians Against Family Violence developed a 38-page set of guidelines, the Physician Firearm Safety Guide, with information on how physicians can help patients reduce their risk from guns. The booklet is available for a nominal fee by calling the AMA at (312) 464-5476.

– Eileen Mongeau