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We need an international arms trade treaty NOW

Responsible gun owners don't want weapons to end up in the hands of criminals. Responsible nations shouldn't either.

The irresponsible arms trade fuels serious human rights abuses, armed violence, poverty and conflict around the world. In many areas of the world, armed conflict and poverty go hand-in-hand. For people working to lift themselves out of poverty and living in communities plagued by armed violence, the poor regulation of conventional weapons threatens both lives and livelihoods.

From March 18 to 28, world leaders and their negotiating teams will gather at the United Nations to hammer out an international arms trade treaty. The proposed treaty would restrict arms sales to war criminals and human rights abusers, while at the same time not infringe the Second Amendment rights of US citizens.

A bulletproof arms trade treaty – and the safety it can bring to families around the world – is a vital part of the fight against poverty and injustice. With it, we can help save lives, prevent human rights abuses and protect the livelihoods of people around the world.

President Obama needs to hear that you support a robust arms trade treaty – speak up today.

Act now: Ask the President to support a strong Arms Trade Treaty that will save lives and make the world a safer place.

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