UN adopts treaty to regulate global arms trade

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  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    April 3, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    I think "bad governments" as Worf refers to, are the kind of governments that deny its people the basic needs that any civilized country would. For instance I remember when a bunch of celebrities got together to aid starving in Africa. We are the World, Feed the World, ect. Trouble was, when all was said and done, much of the food and money that was raised, never got to the needy. So many of todays governments are the roadblock to real help that prosperous countries could provide. There is plenty of food and resources available for every human on planet Earth. It is the political will, or lack thereof, that prevents this stuff from getting to where it is needed. And, in most cases it would require a military intervention to break the deadlock. I found it interesting that one George Clooney, who was so opposed to Bushs' wars, was in favor in intervening in Africa for a cause he believed in.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 3, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    @Mark B:

    I can't entitle you.

    Take some responsibility. Do some homework, and critical thinking.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    April 3, 2013 12:15 p.m.

    Does worf refer to corporate "Citizens" and the "right" to make weapons, or to the governments which do most of the purchasing? And does the term "bad governments" refer to officials simply letting profit-making enterprises do whatever they want with impunity?

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    April 3, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    The ability to enforce this type of treaty will likely be the hardest part. Sure, you might be able to stop tanks from getting to some restricted country, but try stopping the AK-47 assault rifle. If you notice, most every third world despotic regime uses those, not American made weapons like AR-15s. The AK is made in many countries, including China, and are about as easy to get as a pack of chewing gum. And those weapons account for a very high percentage of the killing that goes on. Plus, I doubt the ammunition for such will be any harder to acquire. Good luck, but I doubt this treaty will change much in third world vioence and death.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 3, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    Most human suffering through out history, have come from bad governments.

    Regulate governments, not citizens.