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Mon Sep 10, 2012, 08:59 AM

Troubling rise in small arms trade

The international trade in small arms more than doubled since 2006, growing into a stunning $8.5 billion a year industry. The latest Small Arms Survey by an independent research group in Geneva found that large-scale government spending and increased purchases by American civilians, in addition to steady sales to developing countries, contributed to the upsurge.

The reported increase can also be attributed to better information and more thorough research. The result, simply put, is that the world is potentially more dangerous now than ever before.

Though the survey was the most comprehensive ever, based on thousands of documents, reports and questionnaires, the figure is likely an underestimate. Much of the information is still kept secret by countries and companies.

The $8.5 billion figure also did not include the vast illicit trade in small arms, an area the research group said it would tackle next. The new survey estimated illegal sales in small arms and light weapons to be at least $2 billion annually.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/ed20120902a1.html

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SecularMotion Sep 2012 OP
ileus Sep 2012 #1
discntnt_irny_srcsm Sep 2012 #2
Clames Sep 2012 #3
holdencaufield Sep 2012 #4
GreenStormCloud Sep 2012 #5
HALO141 Sep 2012 #6
MicaelS Sep 2012 #7
bongbong Sep 2012 #8
Missycim Sep 2012 #9
rl6214 Sep 2012 #10

Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 10:35 AM

1. There's so much money to be made...

with these simple life saving devices.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 10:52 AM

2. FYI

VLADIVOSTOK, September 10 - RAPSI. Russia will be insisting on the extradition of Russian citizens Viktor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. The two men have been sentenced to long prison terms in the United States.


http://rapsinews.com/news/20120910/264619019.html

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 11:07 AM

3. You mean small arms companies are a growing business?

 

So what happened to stories that they were failing that the anti-gun brigade was harping for so long?

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Response to Clames (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 11:08 AM

4. Recovery Summer!

 

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 11:38 AM

5. Sounds like we are making a start at arming the other eleven.

For those who don't catch the reference, watch the movie, Lord of War

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 11:41 AM

6. I'm sure they'll be extridited

just as soon as they've served their prison terms.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 12:32 PM

7. Japan exports Guns? I'm shocked, truly.

I never expected that for a minute. As anti-gun as Japan is, and they export guns. Wow, learn something new every day.

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Response to MicaelS (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 01:04 PM

8. They send them here

 

The Delicate Flowers need them to feel brave enough to venture out of their fortified bunkers.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 01:39 PM

9. You should be glad

 

that some US manufacturers are doing well, heck if the President was really smart he should point to this and use it.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 04:37 PM

10. I agree with you, this is GREAT for our economy.

 

Definately help give our economy a

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