I am writing as your constituent in the 6th Congressional district of Georgia. I support S.2205 - Second Amendment Sovereignty Act of 2012, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.
Pass this bill NOW!
Dear Mr. Snyder:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. I appreciate your thoughts and the opportunity to respond.
As you are aware, the Obama administration and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton support the drafting of a U.N. Small Arms Treaty that is designed to curb hostilities in areas of the world experiencing political instability. Supporters of this treaty believe that an international effort to reduce small arms will help achieve this goal. Under former President George W. Bush's administration, the United States was the only nation to oppose a 2006 resolution to create an international treaty on the sale of small arms and light weapons. In 2011, I joined 44 of my Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama and Secretary Clinton stating my opposition to this treaty since I believe it violates our Second Amendment rights.
While I believe it is important to reduce the availability of small arms to terrorist organizations and groups that undermine regional political instability, I would never support any international agreement that would undermine the Second Amendment rights of American citizens in any way. If the Senate considers ratification of a U.N. Small Arms Treaty, I will seek to address these concerns. In the meantime, as a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, I will continue to explore ways to reduce international violence without making the United States party to any agreement that would undermine our own Constitution.
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Sincerely, Johnny Isakson United States Senator
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