Sen. Murphy: Send the Arms Trade Treaty to the Senate

Posted July 20, 2013 at 12:00pm

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy (D-CT) writes in Roll Call that it’s time to deliver the Arms Trade Treaty to the Senate: “There are more international regulations for the cross-border sale of comfy armchairs than there are for deadly arms. Yes, you read that right. Furniture, fruit and iPods are just a few of the items that cross international borders on a daily basis with more regulation than weapons that can be used to fuel war, tyrannical repression and genocide.”

“That simply has to change.”

“Representatives from countries all over the world, including the United States, voted at the United Nations in April to do just that — create an international treaty to establish basic rules and procedures governing the cross-border flow of weapons and to close the loopholes that allow irresponsible arms brokers to operate outside the international regulatory system. Now the treaty has to be signed by President Barack Obama and ratified by the U.S. Senate.”