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Amnesty International USA Rejects National Rifle Association “Distortions” About Arms Trade Treaty

    July 12, 2012

    (Amnesty USA, New York) – Adotei Akwei, Amnesty International USA managing director, government relations, made the following comments today in response to the National Rifle Association’s misleading statement at the United Nations about the Arms Trade Treaty talks underway by member states:

    “The string of distortions, misrepresentations and outright lies spewed by the National Rifle Association today about the arms control treaty is simply breathtaking. Spreading misinformation may be a good tool for raising money and gaining converts. But these distortions only give credence to allegations that the NRA, by drawing a false connection between the arms trade treaty and the Second Amendment, has another more troubling motive -- to protect the lucrative weapons industry that bankrolls the organization and benefits immensely from the current free-for-all in the global trade in weapons and ammunition.

    “The facts are very straightforward.