How Disarmament in Africa Got More Complicated

How Disarmament in Africa Got More Complicated
Africa is ground zero in the international debate on controlling the small arms and light weapons trade. For more than a decade, diplomatic activity to contain arms and ammunition transfers has been animated by a concern with instability and contagion generated by the continent’s many wars. Leading think tanks, research groups, and advocacy organizations have repeatedly drawn attention to the way the burden of armed violence in Africa is a product of low-tech assault… [IPI Global Observatory, via GunPolicy.org]

NRA Touts Israel as Model for US Law: Full Gun Registration, Licensing
A National Rifle Association delegation from the United States was joined by former US ambassador to the UN John R. Bolton Thursday for a tour and briefing at the capital’s Police Intelligence and Observation Center, located in the Old City. The state-of-the-art center, which features nearly 40 high definition screens monitoring the Old City 24 hours a day, is utilized to alert officers to any potential threats. Bolton, who served under former president George W. Bush… [Jerusalem Post, via GunPolicy.org]

Op-Ed: Unlearning Gun Violence in America
In 1995, an epidemiologist named Gary Slutkin returned to the United States from Africa where he had spent the previous decade helping Africans stem the spread of diseases like tuberculosis, AIDS and cholera. “I was exhausted,” he said in a TED Talk earlier this year. “I wanted to come home and take a break.” Once back in Chicago, however, friends kept telling him about the epidemic of violence in inner-city neighborhoods. As he began to study the problem he came to… [New York Times, Opinion, via GunPolicy.org]

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