Gun control will be a big lift for millions

Guns stop people building a better future for themselves. But things are about to change for good. In April 2013, the UN agreed an Arms Trade Treaty, thanks to a decade of persistent pressure by Oxfam supporters and others.

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The Arms Trade Treaty

"I have lost eight relatives and my leg to guns. Many people have been left homeless, poor, or wounded like me."
Nyang'atiang Yaratome, arms control campaigner, Kenya

Every year, thousands of people like Nyang'atiang are killed, injured, raped and forced to flee their homes as a result of the unregulated global arms trade. The irresponsible sale of weapons keeps people in poverty and prolongs conflict. 

After a 10-year campaign of petitions, emails, stunts, and pressure on politicians by thousands of Oxfam supporters and others,an ATT was finally agreed in New York.  To date, around 100 states have signed up to the Treaty, making a commitment to lift lives rather than endanger them, and putting human rights before profits.

In many countries, controlling the illegal arms trade can be the catalyst that starts a positive chain reaction. By enabling communities to live without fear they can build for the future.

The Arms Trade Treaty is already helping to lift the lives of the millions of people like Nyang'atiang who live in communities that have been torn apart and kept in poverty by the ready availability of guns. 

It's a new dawn for arms control, and proof that when enough people take action, change happens - lifting the lives of millions of people who have for too long lived under the shadow of violence. 

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"Since my leg was amputated I have been preaching peace to communities. I support the Arms Trade Treaty because it will help cut off the supply of guns that fuels the raids."

Nyang'atiang Yaratome

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