Small arms and light weapons, to our understanding, have caused turbulence all over the world. This illegal trade has widely terrorized the world population, caused civil wars, and has increased crime rates. Rather than completely destroying the usage of these lethal weapons, the world’s objective is to lessen it. Today, our top interests should include this goal for numerous reasons.
Preventing the illegal flow of these weapons is not possible. Unlike nuclear weapons, small arms and light weapons are used for a wide variety of purposes. They are used for the military and sports like hunting, for example. Thus, terrorists have a better chance of trying to smuggle the weapons at every opportunity. Since the law cannot “watch over” these weapon smugglers all the time, it would be impossible for government to guarantee prevention the misuse of small arms and light weapons.
Secondly, the trafficking of these weapons directly relates to many incidents based on the terrorist attacks. For example, on November, 1997, 6 armed terrorists acquired some $100 assault rifles, pistols, and knives and slaughtered 58 tourists in the end. In addition, in 2001, the Otterloo Incident took place. An Israeli arms dealer in Panama tricked the Nicaraguan government into selling him 3000 AK-47s and 2.5 million ammunitions. Two days later, they arrived in Colombia where the paramilitary groups were waiting.
Through nationwide preparations and regulations, the United States has established its strong dedication in preventing the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. The nation believes this problem can be best thwarted by using certain stratagems and measures, such as calling for effective exports and import controls.
By benefiting nations globally, we can all prevent the devastation the trade has caused. Then, there will be fewer sufferings in the human world. Plentiful, easy to hide, deceiving, and extremely dangerous, small arms and light weapons are a...