spiritof1976 said, “Our antics faffing about in Trafalgar Square last Thursday for the Control Arms campaign made page 19 of the next day’s Guardian.”

And so I visited the page in question.

And the reading was scary… to say the least:

The “war on terror” has weakened national arms controls and fuelled the proliferation of conventional weapons, a coalition of leading human rights charities warned yesterday. Launching a global campaign to regulate the arms trade, Amnesty International, Oxfam, and the International Network on Small Arms said that on average 500,000 people were killed each year by armed violence – roughly one victim a minute. […]

Yesterday, the campaign also launched a petition to gather a million signatures supporting the draft arms treaty. Showing the cost in human lives, 300 model gravestones were erected in Trafalgar Square, London, each with the slogan “One person every minute killed by arms”.

Counting cost

  • 500,000 people, one a minute, killed by conventional arms every year
  • 639m small arms circulating in world today, produced by more than 1,135 companies in 98 countries
  • In June there were 24m guns in Iraq, enough to arm every man, woman, and child. They could be bought for $10
  • Over 59% of small arms are privately owned, 38% are in hands of government forces, less than 3% held by police
  • Nearly 8m small arms made a year
  • Up to 100m Kalashnikov rifles have been produced
  • 300,000 children are fighting in conflicts around world As many as 70,000 boys serve in Burma’s national army.

When will we wake up… ?


  1. Wow, people actually *read* my posts! Heheh.

    One statistic that didn’t make it into that article – if you go to a market in Tanzania, an AK47 costs the same as a chicken. Frightening.

    1. Is it that the AK 47 is dirt cheap…
      or that the Chicken is so expensive ?

      Both are equally scary 😉

      1. Because the AK47 is so cheap.

        1. Yep. You are right!

          It’s a very scary thought…

          May be that’s where they get all those rifles from to use in Kashmir…

          1. Well, I know Africa is pretty much awash with AK47s, along with plenty of other parts of the world. The old Soviet Union used to hand them out like sweeties during the Cold War to anyone who was vaguely on their side. Apparently, in certain parts of Africa, it’s even been known for parents to name their children “AK”.

          2. Yes. I remember Major-General Mikhail Timofeevitch Kalashnikov‘s plea to ‘terrorists’ not to ‘misuse’ his invention

            A little late in the day, I presume.

            Pretty much as effective as Alfred Einstein’s comments on the Atom Bomb… after Hiroshima & Nagasaki.

  2. Hmmm… you’re finally getting some comments. 😀

    1. I am… Ain’t I?

      As they say: The more, the merrier 😉

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