I think [the small-arms
pandemic] is misunderstood," said Kathi Austin, director of the Arms and Conflict Program at the Fund for Peace.
Therefore, addressing small-arms
problems is an important issue for the international community.
officials and security experts say that the small-arms
trade fuels the growing instability that breeds and harbors terrorism.
Representatives from African nations, such as Nigeria, preferred to retain provisions in the document that would restrict small-arms
transfers to governments.
When Bush snipped at the ABM treaty, the comprehensive test ban treaty, the biological weapons protocol, and the small-arms
convention, he sent an unmistakable signal that the United States doesn't care about arms control.
Pax Christi Philippines is just beginning to tackle the problem of small-arms
In the United States, for example--which by one estimate accounts for fully half of the small arms currently in circulation worldwide--the ease with which individuals and gun dealers can get access to large numbers of military-style weapons with relatively few questions asked has made the United States, a virtual small-arms
supermarket for criminal and drug syndicates and paramilitary groups, not only from the Western Hemisphere but from around the world.
There is little interest on the part of governments in collecting such data, which of course handicaps efforts to devise effective policies for small-arms
control," he says.
18) deceptively misstates the National Rifle Association's position on the use of taggants in explosives and small-arms
Mr Ingram said: "Small arms kill more people around the world than any other sort of weapon and the MoD is committed to tackling small-arms
use through a variety of means.
Delta was quickly surrounded on three sides as the Cubans began to pour heavy small-arms
fire into the ravine from the surrounding slopes.
The conference will kick off an official process toward establishing a global cap on the small-arms
trade, as recommended by the expert meeting.