so tonight we were discussing conventional weapons when someone pointed out that it wasn’t an issue of the weapons manufacturers selling small arms and light weapons, it’s more of a problem that there is a market for that. and if the market ended there wouldn’t be a problem. which is fine but almost all SALW that are causing the majority of the problems are bought on the black market. (and somehow this blanket category covered everything from machetes to F-16s)
and it ALMOST devolved into a “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” discussion. except it was actually a “proliferation of conventional weapons isn’t the problem, political instability is the problem” discussion.
so i think that to eradicate political instability, we should have a new convention, along the lines of the npt, biological weapons convention, and convention on conventional weapons.
it should be the let’s hold hands and skip convention.
because then we could proliferate conventional weapons all we want, just no one would be allowed to foster the hate and discord that leads to their use.