If the bright boys can get together and put together a treaty banning land mines, then this is the next obvious step. Strategy Page knocks this one right out of the park. With millions of AK47s floating around out there, getting rid of the weapon isn’t practical. But blocking the manufacture of the round would force the guys using these to keep the peaceful poor in Africa terrified to start developing an economy if they wanted to have some actual military power… in other words, to play by the rules, rather than sucking off the leftover teat of the Cold War in order to keep ruining their corners of the world.
But here’s the deal: arms control sucks. The good guys (including the tens of thousands of Americans who shoot and hunt with their SKS) need ammo, and aren’t doing a thing to hurt anybody else.
But a voluntary set of restrictions would make the ammo much more expensive, which would achieve much the same thing… raising the price to those least available to afford them, and least deserving of their own private armies.
So here’s my pledge: “I will buy six cases of ammo from any manufacturer that will pledge both to drastically cut its production of 7.62×39, and to not export same.”
Sure, it’s a rough draft, but why not? The great part with the land-mine treaty is that it may result in a lot fewer poor kids walking around with one leg and 3/4 of one of their arms… but the “armaments theory” of warfare is outdated bunk. The guys producing the weapons are not the bad guys… asshats using the weapon to gun down defenseless civilians in the third world are the bad guys.