We'll never rid the world of guns and other small arms. There's just too many of them (1 gun for every 10 people on the planet), and human beings tend to be violent motherfuckers.
But right now it's just too easy to acquire a weapon on this planet. Whether it's to murder a judge in Colombia, butcher a villager in the Congo, or rape a girl at gunpoint in Sierra Leone. There simply are no regulations whatsoever for the arms trade.
And where do you think they get their handguns, AK-47's and grenade launchers? The five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China - are responsible for 80% of reported conventional arms exports. From 1998 to 2001, the USA, the UK, and France earned more income from arms sales to developing countries than they gave in aid. Many of these countries openly violate human rights or are involved in some of the world's most savage conflicts. It's just plain idiotic.
Click here to go to ControlArms.com to add your photo to the "Million Faces" petition to demonstrate to governments that we need to control the arms trade crisis. It's simple and quick; and they even have non-photo options for those of you who are fugitives of the law or, worse, extremely ugly.
I know it seems pretty futile, but it's far more effective than just shaking your head every time you read about innocent people being massacred somewhere around the world. Because ultimately you're doing nothing.
And hey, it's not like you weren't going to post a picture of yourself online today anyway.