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Posted: 6/29/2001 8:25:38 AM EDT
The UN is not trying to take away anyone's guns. Why do the paranoids keep writing these fictional articles as if they were fact??? [url]www.excite.com.au/news/story/aap/20010629/12/international/norway-un-arms-eur.inp[/url] Guns kill 500,000 people each year: report 12: 33 PM AEST June 29 The 550 million firearms in circulation around the world kill at least half a million people each year, according to a report presented on Thursday that placed a large part of the blame on industrialised countries. Described by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as "weapons of mass destruction in slow motion", firearms kill about 300,000 people each year in armed conflicts and another 200,000 in "disorganised violence", according to the report "Small Arms Survey 2001 - Profiling the Problem". The report, produced by the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and the first of its kind, will be presented at the first UN international conference on small arms to be held July 9-20 in New York. Some 56 percent of the firearms in circulation belong to private people and are "legal", 44 percent are in the hands of armed forces and police, while just 0.2 percent are in the hands of "insurgents and non-state forces." The number of "illegal" weapons in circulation is not known. "Ninety states have some capabilities to produce small arms and ammunitions. Between 10 and 20 states account for the overwhelming majority of production and most of them are within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe or Euro-Atlantic area," project director Keith Krause told a press conference. Trade and use of firearms -- the two are strictly correlated -- has grown since the mid-1990s as a result of the break-up of the former Soviet Union and end of the Cold War, Krause said. Firearms are defined in the publication as handguns, machine guns, submachine guns and assault rifles such as Kalashnikovs and M-16s. Krause listed the major producers as the United States, Russia and China, while medium-sized producers included Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Bulgaria, France, Germany and South Africa. But, he insisted, legal firearms production was not a lucrative business, estimating it at four to six billion dollars annually.
Link Posted: 6/29/2001 9:11:49 AM EDT
Kofi Annan was just given another term as Secretary General. We will have another 5 years of peace under his glorious global leadership.
Link Posted: 6/29/2001 9:12:37 AM EDT
I don't know, but if they could just ban those high capacity semi-automatic bolt action assault sniper rifles I'd feel a whole lot safer.
Link Posted: 6/29/2001 10:06:30 AM EDT
If there were no 3 rd world countries there would be no violence! Let's ban them.
Link Posted: 6/29/2001 10:18:41 AM EDT
Let's see: 550,000,000 guns, 500,000 victims. Figuring 1 gun per victim, that means 0.091% of the guns kill someone. I personally own 10 guns right now. 0.091% of 10 guns is .0091 guns. That means I have a 0.91% chance this year of one of my guns actually killing someone. Boy, I'd better keep a close eye on them. I always thought they were inanimate objects. WAIT! 300,000 of the dead die in "armed conflicts"! This means "war" unless I read it wrong. I'm not a member of the military (unorganized militia, but not standing army). So that reduces the odds to 200,000/550,000,000 or .036% and the odds of one of MY guns going out and killing someone to only 0.36%. I feel much better. But I'll still keep all but one locked up. And I'll watch that one like a hawk.
Link Posted: 6/29/2001 2:36:39 PM EDT
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