Reasons To Question The UN's 740,000 Factoid Being Used To Promote The Arms Trade Treaty
By David B. Kopel1, Paul Gallant, Joanne D. Eisen
New York, NY –-(Ammoland.com)- Currently, the United Nations is drafting an Arms Trade Treaty to impose strict controls on firearms and other weapons.
In support of hasty adoption of the Treaty, a UN-related organization of Treaty supporters have produced a report claiming that armed violence is responsible for 740,000 deaths annually.
This Article carefully examines the claim.
We find that the claim is based on du-bious assumptions, cherry-picked data, and mathematical legerde-main which is inexplicably being withheld from the public.
The re-fusal to disclose the mathematical calculations used to create the 740,000 factoid is itself cause for serious suspicion; our own calcula-tions indicate that the 740,000 figure is far too high. Further, while the report claims that 60% of homicides are per-petrated with firearms, our review of the data on which the report claimed to rely yields a 22% rate.
The persons responsible for the report have refused to release their homicide calculations, or any other calculations. This Article also shows how a narrow focus on restricting fire-arm ownership continues to distract international attention from life-saving, viable solutions.
We propose some practical alternatives which have already saved lives in war-ravaged areas.
Read the complete following report and then question the United Nations for the truth: