President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence successfully headlined the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual convention and revealed the U.S. is rejecting the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (UNATT), at the Indiana Convention Center on April 25.

‘Never Ratify the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty’

Perhaps the highlight for NRA members of the president’s speech was the scrapping of the UNATT. Those attending the pro-gun rally cheered in strong approval.

President Trump told NRA conventioneers, “This treaty threatened your … rights. … Under my administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone.”

“We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedom. And that is why my administration will never ratify the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. I hope you’re happy.”

Trump added the U.S. is “taking our signature back,” and said he will notify the U.N. that “America is rejecting this treaty.”

Treaty is Useless

Opponents of the treaty say it doesn’t prevent illicit gun sales, and instead puts people at risk of losing control over their own arms deals.

“The ATT is, in effect, an escalator: Once you step onto it, you are no longer in control of your direction of travel,” The Heritage Foundation’s arms expert Ted Bromund told POLITICO.

Bromund said the treaty “has achieved nothing” and is useless considering China, India, Iran, Russia, and Pakistan aren’t a party to it.

“By the U.S.’ own criterion, the ATT is, therefore ‘less than useless.’ This is because, to the extent that the treaty reduces arms exports from the West, it can only have the perverse effects of driving potential importers to buy from China or Russia.”

Right to Bear Arms

The president made it clear to convention attendees: “We believe in the rule of law, and we will always protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

He noted how the NRA stands up “for our God-given rights, without exception, without fail, and without apology.” He said together they are “fighting for the timeless values that have built and sustained our nation. And our nation is greater today than it has ever been. Stronger, richer—we’re doing better than ever before. We are great Americans. You’re doing a great job.”

He mentioned the rights and values that many agree are inalienable rights of all Americans. The belief “in the right to self-defense and the right to protect your family, your community, and your loved ones.”

“We know that faith and family, not bureaucracy, are the center of American life. And above all else, we know this, in America, we don’t worship government, we worship God.”

He also mentioned the “bad apples” in Washington who tried to create a coup against him and his administration, saying people would see more resignations as a result of “corruption at the highest level.”

Presidential Tweets

The morning of the event, the president happily announced on Twitter he was “Heading to Indianapolis to speak at the big NRA Conference. Love being in Indiana.”

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