U.S. President Donald Trump shows the crowd a signed document rejecting the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 26. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump recently announced that he would withdraw the United States from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, a move that analysts at The Heritage Foundation have long advocated.

The Arms Trade Treaty is an international agreement that attempts to limit the sale of arms abroad. It was backed by a coalition of left-wing, non-governmental organizations and gun-control proponents.

The Arms Trade Treaty “has no substantive achievements and is fundamentally unserious, but its effort to promote norms to shape U.S. policymaking poses significant risks to U.S. security,” says Ted Bromund, a research fellow in Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. “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—or to develop their own indigenous arms industries that will not fall under the treaty’s purview.”

Learn more about how Heritage’s influence helped untangle the United States from this treaty: Heritage Research Influences Trump Administration Decision to Withdraw from U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

 What else should be done to limit the overreach of the United Nations?

Comments (10)

David E. Bahner - May 24, 2019

Continue to eliminate funding to any and all governments and organizations that oppose our form of government and support the Soros goals.

Dennis R. Smith - May 24, 2019

Complete withdrawal from the UN!

Carl Pepper - May 24, 2019

If we stop funding the United Nations, the United Nations will no longer be anything to reckon with. Our support is what keeps it going.

William Coates - May 24, 2019

It has demonstrated incompetence in virtually every effort. It constantly seeks to increase its power. It should be trying to supply doctors, nurses, clean water and literacy but would probably use defective materials for those. It is useless for instituting the rule of law or private property, because many UN member nations reject those.
It’s just a fancy supper club for government insiders.
Its buildings might make good high-income condominiums.

Mark Zanghetti - May 25, 2019

I agree with both of the previous commenters, we should de-fund and withdraw from the United Nations. The UN has grown to a point of absurdity and does more harm than good in many of the situations it gets involved in.

James Mele - May 25, 2019

The U N is a total drain on the USA both financial and political. They dare to accuse us of human rights violations when the biggest offenders sit on the human rights committee. The U N should be kicked out of the U S and all of U S funding should be terminated. They have a real dislike of our Constitution and want us to be subject to their one world ideology.

Tom Lanners - May 25, 2019

Leave the U.N.

Howard Jaeger - May 25, 2019

Indeed, it is appropriate for the US to consider exiting the UN. It appears more a vehicle for our detractors to insult us and undermine our sovereignty than a body to promote peace and prosperity of it’s members.

James H. Sloan, Jr. - May 26, 2019

The UN is the “Administrative State” run amuck with unaccountable bureaucrats in charge. The US government is becoming suspiciously close to the same level of incompetence and inability to accomplish its legitimate purpose.

Mort Abramson - May 28, 2019

I enlisted in the USAF (during the Korean Conflict) to support and defend the constitution of the United States, not to house and finance those who would tear it to shreds. We need to stop all funding, withdraw our membership, and evict them from our country.

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