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What does a gun mean to you?

22 June, 2012 | Conflict & Emergencies

Ahead of the history-making decision on the Arms Trade Treaty less than two weeks from now -- starting July 2 in New York at the United Nations -- the Control Arms Coalition set up a series of exclusive interviews with four high-profile personalities.

The interviewees provide personal views on why the future Arms Trade Treaty is a game changer and can make a real difference in the world's most dangerous conflict-zones.

In this short clip, they answer the simple question: "What does a gun mean to you?"

This is a preview of a short film produced and directed by Minos Papas of Cyprian Films NY, which will be release this summer during the talks at the United Nations.

The four interviewees are:

Stuart Franklin Platt - Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Retired) who has capped a distinguished career in the US Navy with his appointment during the Reagan administration to serve as the country's first Competition Advocate General (the Navy's top businessman in uniform).

Ishmael Beah - Born in Sierra Leone, Ishmael is an ex-child soldier and became a New York Times bestselling author with his chronicle A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.

Kathi Lynn Austin - Kathi is an experienced and internationally recognized expert on arms trafficking, peace and security, and human rights. For nearly 20 years, Ms. Austin has carried out in-depth field investigations into the illegal trade in weapons, illicit trafficking operations, illegal resource exploitation, transnational crime and terrorism.

Paul Conroy - War photographer Paul Conroy, nearly killed in Syria this spring, is a seasoned freelance photographer / cameraman / editor with extensive experience in hostile environment, Paul had been working alongside the late Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin in Libya and Syria.

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