“It will contribute to international peace and security, will strengthen the legitimate international trade in conventional arms, and is fully consistent with rights of U.S. citizens (including those secured by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution),” Obama said as he made a last ditch effort to forward the UN treaty last week.
The treaty is controversial because its opponents believe it could provide loopholes to new U.S. gun control laws based on UN firearm stipulations.
The Obama administration, however, has maintained that the treaty would simply make it harder for terrorists throughout the world to obtain small arms illegally.
Meanwhile, former NSA head Michael Hayden suggested recently that the U.S. government’s spying capabilities are inadequate to prevent terror attacks, so increased gun control should be a next step in the War on Terror.
Hayden added: “We could probably do more things that’ll squeeze your privacy a bit, to give us a marginally higher probability that we could have caught the Orlando guy prior to the attack, but not much.”
Hayden said that the inability to predict certain attacks should open the door for more firearm laws.