From the U.N guide
The presence of such arms alone does not create conflict, but
their accumulation and wide availability are catalysts, aggravating conflicts, and making them more lethal and longer lasting. The
presence of small arms creates a downward spiral by increasing
people’s sense of insecurity, thus leading to a greater demand for
MORE THAN 740,000 PEOPLE DIE each year from armed violence, according to the report The Global Burden of Armed
Violence. The majority of these deaths – 490,000 – occur outside
traditional war zones. Armed violence affects all societies whether
they are at war, post conflict, or experience crime or political violence. Such violence impedes human, social and economic development.
Really! More 740,000(Not taking into account other forms of fatalities
)! If that many people are dying a year
lord knows we shouldn't have global population problems.
Impedes human development? I think mankind has developed pretty well considering all the crap that occurred in his long history. The truth is that those poor worn-torn nation's (No sarcasm intended) people just give into tyranny instead of actively taking a stand! Like the American Colonies! We didn't put up with tyranny, and neither should they!
The International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and
Trace, in a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and
Light Weapons was developed within the framework of the Programme of Action, and like the Programme, is politically- rather
than legally-binding. It applies to all United Nations Member
States. The Instrument commits States to undertake a number of
measures to ensure the adequate marking of and record-keeping
for small arms and light weapons and to strengthen cooperation
in tracing illicit small arms and light weapons. States are also to
ensure that they are capable of undertaking traces and responding to tracing requests in accordance with the requirements of the
Not legally-binding, but it ensure the states commit to arms tracing? That sounds pretty legally-binding to me. Not to mention the sheer economic cost of such an undertaking is ludicrous! They want member states, mind you most U.N states are undeveloped third countries who already have financial problems, to spend billions in arms and ammunition trafficking? The only nations whom could pull that off are the five founding members, and even those that already impose such restriction are barely staying solvent! *ahem European Union ahem*
What a bunch of redundant Marxist nonsense! Inflated numbers to drive people by fear; they're using the same tactics that they are supposedly against! This has nothing to do with human security. It all about subjecting control over sovereign states, out of fear of destructive war. War is hell everybody agrees with this, and war always should be the last resort, but sometimes there are no alternatives; some people only become peaceful when staring down a barrel of a gun, or the front of a warhead. What a bunch of rubbish!
Man this pisses me off!!
“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.” – George Washington
If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all. – Jacob Hornberger (1995)
“Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.” – Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi