Dick Morris Pimps NRA conspiracy theory in his new book
Dick Morris is one of those mealy mouthed false pundits wo are perennial favorites at Fox news. No matter how wrong they get so many facts, predictions, projections or analyses they just keep coming back. Now Morris is promoting an extreme right theory that the UN is coming to get our guns, even though the treaty in question explicitly forbids interference in gun sales within sovereign nations’ borders. It’s a treaty specifically designed to stop people like Viktor Bout
from trading arms by the thousands into strife torn regions of the world like Liberia, Columbia, etc.
The right-leaning Heritage Foundation has thrown cold water on the revival a conspiracy theory pushed on Fox News by contributor Dick Morris and the National Rifle Association that the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is actually a sinister Obama administration plot to eliminate the right of private individuals to own a firearm.
During a Heritage Blogger Briefing, senior research fellow Ted Bromund stated, “I don’t think that the ATT is a gun confiscation measure for a variety of reasons. First, because I don’t regard that as within the bounds of possibility in the United States and secondly, because that is not what the text says.”
Bromund’s assessment is correct. The stated goal of the treaty is to regulate the international trade of firearms in order to prevent the diversion of arms to human rights abusers, and the most recent version of the treaty’s text expressly prohibits the regulation of firearm ownership within sovereign nations.
The preamble of the July 26 treaty draft clearly “reaffirm[s] the sovereign right and responsibility of any State to regulate and control transfers of conventional arms that take place exclusively within its territory, pursuant to its own legal or constitutional system.” Furthermore, the Department of State has stated that it will oppose any treaty that contains “restrictions on civilian possession or trade of firearms otherwise permitted by law or protected by the U.S. Constitution.”
Despite convincing evidence that the treaty seeks only to regulate international trade — and that any treaty limiting rights granted by the United States Constitution would be considered invalid — the conspiracy theory persists. Morris, who has pushed theory on Fox News, and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, both dedicated space in their latest books to advance the claim