Monday, May 21, 2018

'Silence the Guns,' UN Official Urges

On May 7, the UN Disarmament Affairs chief, Izumi Nakamitsu, urged members to "silence the guns," noting that lack of adequate gun regulation was a prime contributor to the pandemic of gun violence.  The official's remarks were made in anticipation of the upcoming UN conference on small arms.  From 18-29 June, States will gather at the UN Headquarters in New York, for the Third Review Conference on the Programme of Action on small arms – the key global instrument that has guided international action against the illicit trade in small arms over the past two decades. 

But in the U.S., on May 18, more schoolchildren, this time in Texas, experienced yet another deadly shooting spree apparently at the hands of a troubled individual with access to guns.  And this morning, across America, concerned families had to pack school lunches and send their children off for the day, worried about whether the next act of senseless gun violence might occur in their own child's school.

Just a few weeks ago, in the wake of the Parkland massacre, we ran a series on gun violence and human rights.

Congress has yet to take any meaningful action on gun control.  Please access a digest to our series here.

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