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The case for continued US support for the Arms Trade Treaty

The United States signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in September 2013. The Treaty will have a positive impact on civilians living in the midst of armed conflict, poverty alleviation, and US security. It bans transfers of arms that may be used to support genocide and other crimes against humanity. The US Senate should ratify the ATT because it is in the US interest: it prevents the harm resulting from illicit and irresponsible arms transfers without impeding legitimate arms trade or interfering with domestic US firearms rights. US ratification will encourage other countries to support the Treaty. 

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John Abdulla

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