Ask your US Senators to Co-sponsor S 1555
The "Security and Fair Enforcement in Arms Trafficking Act of 2001"
Please contact your US Senators and ask them to co-sponsor S.1555, the "Security and Fair Enforcement in Arms Trafficking Act of 2001." The bill, introduced by Senator Feinstein (CA) in the fall of 2001, is designed to help curtail the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.
Small arms and light weapons fuel violent conflicts and human rights abuses worldwide. These weapons result in an estimated 500,000 deaths each year, and the victims are often civilians. The presence of these weapons destabilize communities, hinder the efforts of humanitarian and human rights workers, and inhibit the process of economic development. Furthermore, the size, weight and sheer number of these weapons enable armies to impress children into combat.
The new legislation, S 1555, addresses the problem of small arms proliferation by encouraging the U.S. to strengthen legal controls over exports of small arms, and to work internationally to create ways to mark weapons, trace weapons, and perform follow-up monitoring to make sure the weapons are not being used in human rights abuses or for other illegal purposes. S 1555 increases oversight and monitoring of small arms transfers by Congress and the public.
Your emails and phone calls are needed now. Please ask your US Senators to cosponsor S 1555, the Security and Fair Enforcement in Arms Trafficking Act of 2001. Remind them that this bill would increase the ability of Congress to stop any U.S. small arms weapon export that has the potential to be used to commit human rights abuses, support terrorism, destabilize democratically elected governments, or undermine international stability.
To contact your US Senator, visit http://capwiz.com/fconl/home/ or call the US Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Thank you for your prompt assistance with this important initiative.