arms trade

by mitchthomson99
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arms trade

Every year, $ 45 to 60 billion worth of arms are sold. Many of these get into the wrong hands through weak controls on firearm ownership, weapons management, and misuse by others. Countries often forget about humanitarian issues due to the trade and sale of arms. The sale of weapons is giving power to entities that threaten today's peace and democratic world.

The Gun Trade

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children… This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."-Former U.S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a speech on April 16, 1953

“We can’t have it both ways. We can’t be both the world’s leading champion of peace and the world’s leading supplier of arms.” -Former US President Jimmy Carter, presidential campaign, 1976

The U.S. is currently the biggest dealer of arms. In 2001, the U.S. government created a list of 18 countries and 28 groups that practice terrorism and use child soldiers. The U.S. supplied and continues to supply arms to a number of these groups and nations.

By Mitchell Thomson

Several groups have been calling for an Arms Trade Treaty. This would tighten restrictions and laws regarding the trade of arms. This would prevent arms from entering the wrong hands and in the end, saving human lives. The treaty is still going through the United Nations and has not yet been applied anywheres. Not enough restrictions are on the arms trade presently and not enough force is being used to make sure the arms trade is safe and reliable.


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