But the Kenya government does not trust the villagers with any guns, even single shot muzzle-loaders, let along AK47 rifles. From africanews.com:
Somalia’s insurgent group al Shabaab, which seeks to overthrow the country’s Western-backed government and impose a strict version of sharia – Islamic law, has carried out regular assaults in neighboring Kenya in recent years as retaliation for Kenya contributing troops to an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.
Kenya last burnt a similar collection of illegal weapons in 2003, 2005 and 2010.
Africa has been prone to small arms proliferation which has in turn resulted in political and social unrests in most parts of the continent. Reinforcing existing small arms treaties at the national, subregional and the continental levels are seen as important to maintain stability and peace in Africa.
The African Union says there is the need for a concerted effort to combat trade in illicit small arms and light weapons which continue to cause untold suffering and pain, threatening the peace and security of the region.
One village was started by women who were rape victims. It only took one man with a gun to destroy it. The village was helpless against him.
It is sad to see such valuable resources destroyed when they could be put to good purposes. One reform that could help would be to allow personal importation into the United States. A limit of 3 firearms acquired overseas sounds reasonable. That was the policy until the middle 1960's. There was no duty or special license required for such personal importation. It would give governments overseas a way to get rid of some of their excess firearms, and make a profit at the same time.
It may not be a high priority for the Trump administration in the first hundred days. It is a small reform that would be appreciated by the Gun Culture. I considered a visit to the Czech Republic, to look for a nice drilling or double. But I found an import license costly and impractical to obtain.
I would gladly spend a couple of hundred dollars for that Webley, one of the double barreled shotguns, or the Martini-Henry.
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