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Amnesty International, Oxfam, IANSA Launch Global Control Arms Campaign
Here they come again, EFL:
The global arms trade is dangerously unregulated, and allows weapons to reach repressive governments, human rights abusers and criminals, says a new report released today. To address these concerns, three international organisations have joined to launch a global campaign in over 50 countries. The ’Control Arms’ campaign aims to reduce arms proliferation and misuse and to convince governments to introduce a binding arms trade treaty.
Why gee, that sounds so "reasonable".
Arms proliferation and abuse, have reached a critical point, fuelling human rights violations, poverty, and conflict. Someone is killed every minute by armed violence while many more suffer abuse and serious injury. But arms are a dangerously unregulated global business, according to the new report. "Each year hundreds of thousands of people are unlawfully killed, tortured, raped and displaced through the misuse of arms. With the ’war on terror’ dominating the international agenda, there should be renewed interest in arms control. Yet the reverse has occurred. The vicious circle of arms transfers, conflict and abuse can and must be stopped," said Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International.
"WOT" = It’s Americas fault!
To address these concerns, Amnesty International, Oxfam and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) have jointly launched the global Control Arms campaign. The campaign will focus on promoting an international treaty covering arms transfers - the Arms Trade Treaty - as well as a number of regional and locally appropriate measures designed to limit arms proliferation and misuse.
You always have to read the fine print to find the real agenda.
"The arms trade is out of control. It is a global problem with horrific local consequences - and it is poor people who suffer the most. An Arms Trade Treaty is desperately needed, to stop the flow of arms to abusers and to help make all our societies safer," said Barbara Stocking, Director of Oxfam.
"Do it for The Children! tm.
Alongside the call for an Arms Trade Treaty, the Control Arms campaign is also calling for:

- Governments to develop and strengthen regional arms-control.
Ok. I guess.
- Governments to rigorously control national arms exports, brokers and dealers, and do more to prevent law enforcers misusing their weapons and to protect citizens from armed violence.
And how do we protect citizens from armed violence, you ask?
- Local authorities and community leaders to help improve safety at a community level by developing projects to reduce the local availability and demand for arms.
And that means your guns as well. Right, when they pry it from my cold dead fingers.
Posted by:Steve

#6  Yet the reverse has occurred. The vicious circle of arms transfers, conflict and abuse can and must be stopped," said Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

Lord, please forgive me these next two Star Trek jokes:


2) The Wrath of Khan
Posted by: badanov   2003-10-9 5:32:48 PM  

#5  Why don't these leftwingers admit it: They want to disarm the USA, so they can destroy it.

Disarming America is long a goal of communists worldwide.
Posted by: badanov   2003-10-9 5:29:29 PM  

#4  So...I guess the Russkies and the Chinese are gonna stop selling AK's/Modle 50's to everybody with $30?

In a pigs eye.

And let's not even think about the Norks...
Posted by: mojo   2003-10-9 5:23:51 PM  

#3  I though Oxfam was all about feeding the hungry. Starving people could use firearms to kill game and eat it.

Isn't this like the NEA being Pro-choice. More abortions - fewer children = fewer teaching jobs.
Posted by: Super Hose   2003-10-9 4:45:54 PM  

#2  The irony of these organizations is laughable. Their campaign to reduce weapons will only work on those nations/people that legally possess them, and will do nothing against the tyrannical regimes they mention. Only in societies that respect dissent can orgs like these exist and press their agenday. The ultimate irony is that our society was founded on the notion that the right to bear arms is inalienable, and that these orgs are using the tolerance of the society this has built to disarm its members. Makes me sick...

Posted by: mjh   2003-10-9 3:35:44 PM  

#1  Absolutely Insane's agenda would be Al-Qaeda's dream come true; the victims would have a duty to appease.
Posted by: Atrus   2003-10-9 3:33:11 PM