BELLEVUE, Wash., Dec. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Second Amendment Foundation today launched a national media campaign and petition effort to head off a possible executive order by President Barack Obama to implement the United Nations small arms treaty.
The media campaign and petition threaten legal action if the president tries to circumvent the U.S. Senate and the will of the American people. SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb said considerable deliberation preceded his decision to mount the effort.
"We're going to gather millions of petitions and deliver them to Washington," Gottlieb vowed. "We're going to tell the Obama administration to keep its hands off of our gun rights or be sued."
"Nobody threatens to sue the President of the United States on a whim," he added. "But he has used a lawless executive order to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants without Congressional authorization, and now many people are worried that he plans to bypass Congress again, before the end of this year, with the U.N. treaty, which takes effect on Dec. 24."
"If the president acts on the U.N. Arms Trade treaty," Gottlieb said, "it would be the worst kind of Christmas present he could ever give to the American people.
"SAF will not allow the Obama administration to attack our constitutional rights without a fight," he promised. "If Barack Obama takes executive action, we will file a lawsuit to stop him, and hold him accountable."
The SAF effort includes television and radio messages on both the Fox News and Blaze networks, and national talk radio. The ad can be seen on YouTube, and people can join the effort by calling 1-800-782-8685.
"We will educate the public," Gottlieb said, "so people understand the threat that an Obama executive order poses to the Constitution. Nobody elected Barack Obama as emperor, but his actions lately suggests he believes otherwise. If he has forgotten there are three branches of government, we intend to refresh his memory."
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.
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SOURCE Second Amendment Foundation