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So, how many firearms did you destroy today for 'International Gun Destruction Day'?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Skibane, Jul 10, 2004.

  1. Skibane

    Skibane Member

    May 11, 2003
    San Antonio

    AI Index: ACT 30/014/2004 (Public)
    News Service No: 171
    9 July 2004

    Embargo Date: 9 July 200400:01GMT

    International Gun Destruction Day marked across the world

    Guns are being destroyed around the world today by victims of gun violence marking International Gun Destruction Day. The grass-roots action comes as the Control Arms Campaign (Oxfam, Amnesty International and IANSA -- the International Action Network on Small Arms) publishes figures showing that there is now one gun for every ten people on the planet. On average 800,000 guns are destroyed every year, but the scale of the problem of unregulated guns remains enormous - for every one gun that is destroyed another ten new guns are created.

    Weapons in the wrong hands cause hundreds of thousands of deaths and many more casualties every year. Unregulated guns are involved in crime, killings, forced displacement, rape and torture across the world.

    "Gun Destruction Day is a time when ordinary people across the world take positive action to tackle the gun problem head on. But with ten new guns produced for every one destroyed, ordinary people's efforts are being undermined by governments' refusal to act - a case of one-step forward ten steps back. Without an international Arms Trade Treaty, local efforts to address the problem will continue to be sabotaged by government inaction and guns will continue to get into the wrong hands" said Barbara Stocking, Director of Oxfam.

    Figures show that:

    * There are approximately 640 million guns in circulation -- one for every ten people.

    * Around eight million new guns are made every year.

    * Approximately 14 billion rounds of military ammunition are made every year -- two bullets for every person.

    * Small arms are produced by 1249 companies in more than 90 countries. In some of these countries trade controls are almost non-existent.

    * For the two biggest arms producers -- USA and Russia -- production of military style guns is increasing.

    * Far from destroying old and surplus weapons, most states resell their surplus weaponry thus ensuring the ever-increasing proliferation of guns across the world.

    * Only three countries in the world (Nigeria, Latvia and South Africa) have a policy of destroying all surplus or confiscated weapons. There are well-documented cases of sold-off weapons ending up in the hands of criminals and rebels.

    * On average, around one million guns are lost or stolen every year.

    * Hundreds of thousands of guns are lost by state forces every year.

    * Iraq was the most extreme example, when millions of weapons were looted in 2003. At least 650,000 tons of weaponry and explosives were captured by US and Allied forces from abandoned military depots across Iraq, but this was barely guarded and much was looted.

    "Every day millions of men, women, and children live in fear of armed violence. The proliferation of unregulated guns not only jeopardizes people's fundamental right to life, but also denies millions the right to a decent standard of living, health services and education. The global trade in arms must be brought under control," said Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

    Survivors of gun violence, victims' families and arms campaigners are destroying guns across the world:

    * In Brazil 6,500 illegal firearms confiscated by police will be destroyed by Viva Rio, the Brazilian Army, and the Rio state government. Oscar Niemeyer, the famous Brazilian architect, will use the destroyed guns to make a monument to peace.

    * In South Africa gun control groups will be working with the government to publicly destroy a cache of illegal arms. This will mark the coming into force of the new firearms control act - aiming to drain the pool of arms in communities.

    * In the UK families who have lost their children to armed violence will be using a steamroller to crush 300 symbolic guns in London.

    * In Cambodia, a flame of peace ceremony will be held at which 4,000 illegal and surplus weapons will be destroyed.

    International gun destruction day marks the culmination of the Global Week of Action Against Small Arms, in which groups in over 40 countries across the world have taken the initiative to challenge armed violence in their communities.

    "It is conventional weapons that are the real weapons of mass destruction. It's about time that governments put as much effort into controlling the arms trade as they do trying to stop the spread of WMD" said Rebecca Peters, IANSA Director.

    International Gun Destruction Day was established by the UN in 2001. The figures above are based on the Small Arms Survey 2004.

    For more information visit www.controlarms.org


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  2. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 19, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    As a child, I admired Oscar Niemeyer's designs. As an adult, I despise his use of government programs for his own unsavory ends. What a waste of talent!
  3. Skibane

    Skibane Member

    May 11, 2003
    San Antonio
    Replica guns crushed in protest


    Four parents took part in destroying the fake guns

    Three hundred replica guns have been destroyed in London as part of a campaign to reduce the number of small arms around the world.

    They were steamrollered in a bid to pressure ministers to sign a treaty curbing the trade in handheld weapons.

    Mick North, whose daughter Sophie was killed at Dunblane eight years ago, is a member of the Gun Control Network.

    He said the UK was a major arms seller and adding to numbers of guns in the world was 'just lunacy'.

    "The United Kingdom is the second largest exporter of arms and among the largest sellers of small arms," he told the Today programme.

    "There are various controls around the world but there are no agreed restrictions ... and the United Kingdom government should sign up to a trade treaty to show it takes seriously the millions upon millions of guns in circulation around the world."

    Destruction Day

    "To continue adding more to that mass of weapons is just lunacy" - Mick North, father of Dunblane victim

    The groups Mothers Against Guns, Oxfam and Amnesty International were involved in the action, as well as the Gun Control Network.

    Four parents whose children were killed by small arms took part in destroying the weapons.

    The event was part of Gun Destruction Day, established by the United Nations in 2001. In some countries, real weapons are being destroyed.

    The protest's aim is to pressure MPs to sign a small arms treaty

    The Gun Control Network says there are now about 640 million guns in circulation - or around one gun for every 10 people in the world.

    "To continue adding more to that mass of weapons is just lunacy," Mr North said.

    He says the current system of 'end user certificates', which record to whom consignments of small arms are sold, is not strict enough.

    "Guns are very durable objects and can get passed from one hand to another, so even if they initially end up in the hands you want them to, there are no guarantees they won't go elsewhere."

    Figures quoted by the groups involved in Wednesday's rally say up to a million guns are lost or stolen every year worldwide.
  4. c_yeager

    c_yeager Mentor

    Mar 14, 2003
    They couldnt even find any real guns? And they still think they have some kind of imaginary problem?

    On a side note i actually managed to lose the tension spring from my adjustable sighted Makarov today. So i guess i kinda participated.
  5. Dionysusigma

    Dionysusigma Senior Member

    Mar 27, 2003
    Okay City
    I've never been a fan of genocide. :mad:

    I find it funny, though, that in order to "reduce crime around the world" they had to use fakes. Makes 'bout as much sense as a girl painted like a tiger and sitting in a cage. :rolleyes:
  6. natedog

    natedog Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Bakersfield, California
    120,000,000 unarmed people were murdered at the hands of their own governments in the 20th Century alone (about 1/4 of those were murdered under the UNs watch, too).

    And they say private ownership of arms leads to "crime, killings, forced displacement, rape and torture across the world"? No armed people were taken to Auschwitz.
  7. The_Antibubba

    The_Antibubba Senior Member

    Feb 8, 2004
    Sac, The PRK
    I plan to destroy ALL my guns

    Through wear and tear, of course! :D
  8. Mulliga

    Mulliga Senior Member

    Jan 13, 2004
    Gainesville, Florida
    Whoops. Thought they meant 'International Ammunition Expenditure Day'! ;)
  9. El Tejon

    El Tejon Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Lafayette, Indiana-the Ned Flanders neighbor to Il

    "The swords must be destroyed." I'm going to find this and post it.
  10. boofus

    boofus Guest

    Pathetic. :barf:
  11. Partisan Ranger

    Partisan Ranger Active Member

    Apr 16, 2003
    Way to go guys. The criminals of the world will give you all a nice golf clap for disarming yourselves.
  12. cobb

    cobb Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    S. MN.
    Where have I been? :confused:

    This is the first time I have ever heard of this and I like to believe that I usually have an idea on what is going on with these nuts.
  13. flatrock

    flatrock Active Member

    Mar 23, 2004
    Obviously people are not spending enough time training with their firearms. This is an issue that should be addressed.
  14. standingbear

    standingbear Participating Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    why is it a picture of an ak47 or an m16 that is used to prove the point...what if the pic had the 4 standing around a double barrel..the intent is the same ..banning guns right,ultimatly,this is what the goal is right?

    must be a flash and awe thing.
  15. Nightfall

    Nightfall Participating Member

    Feb 24, 2003
    Did that give anybody else the warm-fuzzies? :D
  16. Chipperman

    Chipperman Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Essex Co, MA
    "Did that give anybody else the warm-fuzzies"

    Unfortunately, NO, because in many cases the old guns are better than the new ones being produced. :(
  17. ny32182

    ny32182 Mentor

    Oct 17, 2003
    Clemson, SC
    I destroyed ZERO guns, replica or otherwise, on July 9th.
  18. Kilroy

    Kilroy New Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    High Plains
    I am working at destroying the barrels. I am going to run copper through them until the rifling is gone, making it useless.

    Another useful symbolic gesture...
  19. pinblaster

    pinblaster New Member

    Jun 3, 2004
    Baltimoronland, MD
    I think we should have an international buy a gun day. If you don't have the money to buy a gun at least go out and shoot one. :D
  20. captain obvious

    captain obvious Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    Fairfax County VA (Wolf's district NOT Moran's) -
    Some of us do have such a day - it's April 15th

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