New Castle News

All About You ...

April 8, 2013

Mitchel Olszak: Kelly, allies battle arms treaty

NEW CASTLE — Supporters of the right to bear arms have a champion in Congressman Mike Kelly.

The federal lawmaker, whose district includes most of Lawrence County, has been making waves with his criticism of the Obama administration and its support for the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

That agreement, which seeks to establish international standards for the sale of military-grade arms, was approved by the U.N. last week with the support of the Obama administration and the condemnation of Kelly.

In repeated press releases issued by his office, Kelly assailed President Obama’s stance on the treaty. Here’s one example:

“I am deeply disappointed with the Obama administration's vote today in support of forcing the ominous Arms Trade Treaty through the U.N. General Assembly. The administration has abandoned its stated ‘key U.S. redline,’ that the ‘ATT negotiations must have consensus decision making to allow us to protect U.S. equities’ and to ‘ensure that all countries can be held to standards that will actually improve the global situation’ ...

“As I have repeatedly stated along with a bipartisan coalition in both chambers of Congress, the ATT is a harmful treaty that undermines our constitutional rights and our national sovereignty. It jeopardizes our Second Amendment right of individuals to keep and bear arms, harms our ability to defend our allies such as Taiwan and Israel, and risks imposing new burdensome regulations on our domestic defense industrial base.

“No U.S. president should even consider such a dangerous treaty. For the sake of our national interests and Constitutional freedom, I strongly urge President Obama to reject the ATT.”

You won’t find any namby-pamby talk there.

The “consensus decision” Kelly mentions in his statement refers to the fact not every nation in the U.N. supported the treaty. Because of that, it had to be put to a formal vote, which passed 154-3.

Joining Kelly in opposing the arms agreement were the nations of North Korea, Iran and Syria.

Now, I am sure there are bleeding hearts out there who will say, “Gee, if my only allies on a given issue were North Korea, Iran and Syria, I might want to rethink my position.”

Well, Kelly doesn’t roll that way. And he’s obviously prepared to reject out of hand any claims by the Obama administration that nothing in this treaty precludes law-abiding Americans from obtaining guns for hunting or personal protection.

Sadly, the efforts by Kelly — along with North Korea, Iran and Syria — failed to halt the U.N. vote. The next battle will be in the U.S. Senate, which must ratify any treaty. That may be the last barrier protecting us from the full power of the U.N. to dominate the lives of individual Americans.

Regardless, we can be grateful for what Kelly, along with North Korea, Iran and Syria, have done. However, in Lawrence County, you’re likely to hear from whiners who say they want their government officials to focus on matters closer to home.

These are the malcontents who grouse about local leadership failing to tackle the long decline in the community’s population, or the fact the area’s jobless rate hovers between 8 and 9 percent.

These same detractors will point out the number of structurally deficient bridges in Lawrence County rank it among the 100 worst municipalities in the nation, and in general they will harp on their worries that the quality of life in this community has more to do with the day-to-day challenges locally than any U.N. treaty.

Well, Kelly obviously has other ideas. Perhaps the complainers should consider the possibility that he — along with North Korea, Iran and Syria — knows best.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
All About You ...
  • Hudson.jpg Culinary Conversation: Think globally, cook locally

    Another set of bookshelves might be necessary at my house very soon. It’s been a bountiful week. Edie Majesky of New Castle, who I have known most of my life, is aware of how much I love collecting old cookbooks.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ramsey.jpg Dave Says: Problems with no credit score?

    “Dave Says” is a weekly column featuring financial advice from nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey. His column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual letters and calls on Ramsey’s radio progam, “The Dave Ramsey Show.”
     

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brothers.jpg Lori Brothers: Play with names — not with your food

    Do you remember being told, “don’t play with your food” when you were a child?  Or maybe you’ve said this to your own children or grandchildren. I’ve heard stories about kids slipping food under the table to the dog or stuffing Brussels sprouts into their pockets to get out of the pain of eating them.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • stright.jpg Sarah Stright-Hartley: A T-shirt dress can be a three for all

    I love finding pieces that can be worn for just about every portion of my life.  From daytime, to work, and then on a date with my husband, I like pieces that can go the distance.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ivy_bday.jpg Kali Davies-Anderson: Happy birthday, Miss Ivy!

    This week I would like to take time out of my usual ramblings to wish my second born daughter, Ivy, a very, very happy first birthday!

    April 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Olszak.jpg Heartbleed raises the stakes on Internet security

    My column last week dealt with Internet and related scams, along with steps people can take to protect themselves. Today’s column could be termed Part 2 of that topic, albeit from a different angle.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hudson.jpg Lugene Hudson: Celebrate Easter like Helen Martin

    What’s cookin? That’s one of our favorite questions at Culinary Conversation. We love when readers share some of their favorites. This week, Helen Martin of New Castle stepped up to the plate to answer that question regarding Easter dinners.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ramsey.jpg Dave Ramsey: You can’t borrow way out of debt

    “Dave Says” is a weekly column featuring financial advice from nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey. His column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual letters and calls on Ramsey’s radio progam, “The Dave Ramsey Show.”
     

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brothers.jpg Lori Brothers: Wellness a growing trend among those over 50

    The power of choice that the explosion of Internet information has generated is moving us as a culture in a direction to examine who we are and what we really value.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • stright.jpg Sarah Stright-Hartley: Some perfect fits for heading back to work

    I'm heading back to work soon and I've really been thinking about my work wardrobe — especially because I'm hoping most of it still fits my post-baby body.

    April 9, 2014 2 Photos

House Ads
Poll

What is your favorite Easter treat?

Jelly beans
Chocolate ... bunnies, crosses, anything that’s chocolate!
Marshmallow peeps
Decorated eggs
Other
     View Results