John Bolton: " A major problem for the United States at the United Nations is what is known as norming. Norming is the idea that the U.S. should base its decisions on some kind of international consensus, rather than making its decisions as a constitutional democracy. It is a way in which the Europeans and their left-wing friends here and elsewhere try and constrain U.S. sovereignty. The fact is that were sitting with a majority of countries that have no traditions or understanding of liberty. The argument of the advocates of norming is one nation, one vote. That sounds very democratic: Who could object to that? But its result would be very anti-democratic. As an illustration of this, a friend of mine once went to a conference on international law and heard a professor from a major European university say, The problem with the United States is its devotion to its Constitution over international norms. Consider this: . An issue on which norming is brought to bear is gun control. The discussion turned out to have nothing to do with small arms and light weapons in African or Asian civil wars. Instead it was about gun control in the U.S., with advocates of international norms pressing for the prohibition of private ownership of firearms of any sort. The U.S. delegation made it clear that while we were concerned about the illicit flow of weapons into conflict areas, we were not going to sign on to any international agreement that prohibited private ownership of guns. I explained that we had a Constitution that precluded any such restrictions. This was treated as an entirely specious notion." https://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis/archive/issue.asp?year=2008&month=04 "In fact, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just announced the Obama Administration would be working hand in glove with the UN to pass a new Small Arms Treaty. Disguised as legislation to help in the fight against terrorism, insurgency and international crime syndicates, the UN Small Arms Treaty is nothing more than a massive, GLOBAL gun control scheme. So far, the gun-grabbers have successfully kept the exact wording of their new scheme under wraps. But looking at previous versions of the UN Small Arms Treaty, you and I can get a good idea of whats likely in the works. If passed by the UN and ratified by the U.S. Senate, the UN Small Arms Treaty would almost certainly FORCE national governments to: *** Enact tougher licensing requirements, making law-abiding citizens cut through even more bureaucratic red tape just to own a firearm legally; *** CONFISCATE and DESTROY ALL unauthorized civilian firearms (all firearms owned by the government are excluded, of course); *** BAN the trade, sale and private ownership of ALL semi-automatic weapons; *** Create an INTERNATIONAL gun registry, setting the stage for full-scale gun CONFISCATION." Townhall.com Congress.org - : Letter to Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Virginia): OBAMA AND UN want to strip FREEDOMS and DESTROY GUN RIGHTS. NO NO NO.