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Jakarta Post

Why it is difficult to control the ‘cowboys’

  • Al Araf and Anton Aliabbas

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 22 2012   /  09:07 am

The media coverage of an Army officer who brandished his gun in a street quarrel with a motorcycle rider recently raised concerns about the inappropriate use of arms.

The circulation of small arms has clearly reached a point that puts development sustainability and security in many countries in the world at risk.

The uncontrolled circulation of arms has contributed much to the mounting tension, terrorism or any other security threats to a country, such as what has happened in Darfur, Sudan and Rwanda.

The United States Department of Public Information defines “small arms” as specially designed weaponries for personal use, such as revolvers, automatic guns, rifles and light machine guns.

Due to their threat to individual security, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) issued guidelines on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) on 2008, which provides...