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Old 06-30-2006, 06:30 PM   #1

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Default U.N and Small Arms Issue

The groups and some officials attending the conference that begins Monday advocate a fundamentally new approach for trade in the light arms that are said to kill 1,000 people a day: Governments must take responsibility for all weapons they sell, even after the deal is done.

Such a philosophy applies to weapons of mass destruction, but not to small arms, and it will be the focus of much debate at the two-week conference.

"It's a bit of a challenge for governments, because they haven't been previously thinking about it in that way," said Rebecca Peters, director of the International Action Network on Small Arms, which joins Oxfam and Amnesty International in proposing the so-called "Global Principles" for small arms sales.

Britain's government has made a similar proposal and 11 African nations signed on in a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, in April. The United States, China, Russia, Egypt, India and others have not explicitly endorsed it.

The U.S. says it supports the British idea in principle. But U.S. Ambassador John Bolton made clear Washington does not want the conference to go beyond a program adopted in 2001 to curb the illicit sale of pistols, assault rifles, machine guns and other light weapons.

"We don't see any need for treaties or agreements coming out of this," Bolton said.

Many governments agree illicit arms traders have exploited loopholes in the program and delegates need to come up with new ways of reinforcing it.

Global trade in small arms is worth about $4 billion (euro3.2 billion) a year, of which a fourth is considered illegal, according to the annual Small Arms Survey, an authoritative report on such weapons. The arms cause 60 percent to 90 percent of all deaths in conflicts every year.

"We are often concerned about weapons of mass destruction, and yet most of the killing taking place today, whether in Darfur or Congo or elsewhere, is done by small arms," U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Friday.

Gun control advocates got a boost from Mikhail Kalashnikov, designer of the assault rifle that bears his name, who sent a statement to the conference expressing dismay that the weapon he invented is the weapon of choice in conflicts around the globe.

The National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups fear the conference could serve as a springboard to an international treaty to curb private ownership of small arms.

They also believe it will embolden regimes that violate human rights to disarm their citizens and make popular uprisings against oppression impossible.

"Ultimately, they're offering a form of government support that makes government the only way citizens can seek protection, and Americans choke on that," said Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president.

The NRA Web site is hosting a campaign that erroneously claims the conference will take place July 4 (the U.N. will be closed that day) and that it aims to take away their guns. The meeting's agenda relates only to the illegal trade in small arms.

Human rights advocates hope the conference will build momentum for a treaty to apply the "Global Principles" to trade in all weapons, including warplanes, tanks and attack helicopters.

However, they deny any grand conspiracy, saying the conference will help governments in Latin America and Asia that have no gun laws think more responsibly about the small arms trade.

The principles would be nonbinding, but would enable governments and civic groups to call violators more easily to account, said Colby Goodman, an advocate for Amnesty International USA.


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Old 06-30-2006, 11:17 PM   #2

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I think that it is impossible to take away civilians/noncivilians guns, because countries will always sell weaponry to eachother. Some countries may not, but those who do will keep getting money, and producing weapons. So unless if they stop other countries, then it will be impossible to stop the flow of arms. Maybe this idea would slow the flow of arms, but maybe those countries producing will build more factorys... Who knows.
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Old 06-30-2006, 11:47 PM   #3
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Old 07-01-2006, 12:20 AM   #4
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You will never take the guns away, especialy from criminals, in which would benifit from firearms being taken away from law abiding citizens as it would be easy work mugging or raping some defensless person. anyway taking guns away is a hazard to the stability of the world.

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Old 07-01-2006, 01:16 AM   #5

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Doesn't belong in this section.
Feel free to move it.
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Old 07-01-2006, 01:20 AM   #6

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WTFFFFFF!!!! bro u got too political i think, what that f*** are u talking about man? bro u got drunk or what?

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Old 07-01-2006, 01:24 AM   #7
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There is thy gold, worse poison to men's souls,
Doing more murders in this loathsome world,
Than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell.
I sell thee poison; thou hast sold me none.

Mapper of Road to Kyongan'Ni and Hills of Hamgyong;
Genius behind many Really Stupid Ideas, and some Decent Ones.

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Old 07-01-2006, 05:27 AM   #8

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Old 07-01-2006, 10:49 AM   #9

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wow this went no where fast.
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Old 07-01-2006, 11:45 AM   #10

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It's just like gun control in a single country, as I see it so far. Outlaw it, and only the bad guys will have em, while the good guys are kinda screwed.

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