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Amnesty International on Guns

Posted By on March 31, 2006

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This is excerpted from an article entitled “The Global War on Guns” in this month's American Rifleman.

I'd often wondered how one can justify stopping people from being ably to defend themselves against attackers, specifically related to the genocide in Africa. You know, all this stuff about stopping the arms trade into the region. This quote explains it all:

“We at Amnesty International are not going to condone the escalation of the flows of arms to the region… You are empowering (the victims) to create an element of retaliation. Fighting fire with fire is not the solution to genocide. It is a dangerous proposition to arm the minorities to fight back. Whenever you create a sword fight by letting the poor people fight back and give them arms, it creates an added element of complexity. You do not know what the results will be.”

Because apparently genocide is preferable to uncertainty.


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