Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Arms Control

OK, off the usual subjects for a post, but I do feel that this is actually linked to Disability; as I know of several people who are now disabled due to to crimes where weapons were used, and they were shot.  Prevention is always better than cure.  We need to have stricter arms controls all over the world, but especially here in South Africa...

Therefore I have joined, and would encourage any readers of this blog to join, the Amnesty International Control Arms project.

Some startling figures for you:

  • There are 640,000,000 guns in circulation in the world.
  • 8,000,000 are being produced each year.
  • Every minute someone dies from armed violence...in the same minute the world produces another 15 weapons.
  • 153 Governments voted in December 2006 to start to work towards an international Arms Trade Treaty.
  • 24 Counties abstained.
  • 1 Country voted against the treaty - the USA...
  • 85% of all killings recorded by Amnesty International involve the use of small arms and light weapons.
  • 60% of the world's firearms are in the hands of private individuals.
  • 2 Bullest are produced for every man, woman & child on the planet each year.
If you are also appalled by the figures above, then please join the campaign.  Go to www.controlarms.org and sign up

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