I learned this week that illicit gun trade is apparently a $60 billion global industry. It is an industry that makes it possible for people to commit horrendous acts of violence in order to force their point of view on others, without needing to make use of the more sensible process of engaging in dialogue to resolve disputes.
The United Nations had hoped this week to finalise a gun treaty, which has been in the pipeline since 2006, in an attempt to curtail illicit gun trade and thereby reduce some of the violence around the world. However the UN failed to do so. Why? Well because President Obama, and the other politicians in the US, were selfishly more concerned with winning votes, than doing what is clearly in the best interest of all people around the world. The US pulled up lame on Friday and claimed they needed more time to consider the treaty.