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The Guardian,

Worldwide arms trade flourishing despite recession, report warns

The average volume of arms sales increased by 22% over the past five years, compared to the previous five-year period, says the report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The last two of these years were marked by worldwide economic turbulence which has far from stabilised, yet the arms trade is booming, it finds. Read more Also read : Frida Berrigan, Pimping Weapons to the World, (...) read

date of on-line publication : 22 March 2010

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Shot Down: Lobby Kills Brazil Gun Ban

> CorpWatch, October 25th, 2005 (...)

Every 15 minutes, someone in Brazil dies from a gunshot wound, according to the United Nations. Yet the world’s first ever referendum on banning civilian guns in this country failed to pass this past Sunday.
"Instead the proposed ban went down to a resounding defeat with almost two thirds of the population voting no to the question: "Should the sale of all types of guns and ammunition be banned nationwide for everyone except the police and the military?" Earlier this year, support for the ban had been running as high as 80 percent, but in recent weeks, the pro-gun lobby — arms makers and various activist groups — played on fears about the crime rate and the public swung dramatically against the proposal. The vote also represented the public’s lack of confidence in security forces — mired in corruption and inefficiency — to protect the populace. According to the BBC, middle class men were most likely to oppose the ban, while women and the poor favored it(...)"
The article goes into details about the impact gun manufacturers such as Taurus have had on the country, how guns have been made fashionable, as well as the relation between small firearms and organised crime, the influence of the NRA and how guns enter the country.  read

date of on-line publication : 2 November 2005

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