'Small arms No.1 killer today'
"About 300,000 lives have been lost throughout the globe
during the last decade, 90 per cent of whom have been civilians and 80
per cent women and children as a result of the proliferation of small
arms and light weapons. Small arms are humanity's number one killer
today," said Tilak Ranaviraja, Secretary to the Ministry of Public
Security, Law and Order and Chairman of the National Commission
appointed by the President to deal with the problem of proliferation of
illicit small arms and light weapons based on a resolution adopted by
the United Nations to tackle this problem.