February 12, 2013
Gun Control, Yemen-Style

Driving across Sana’a, walking down the street, or eating at a restaurant, it’s almost impossible not to encounter a firearm. And that’s the capital. Gun-slinging in tribal areas, especially northern ones, is even more cavalier. “Yemeni society links the weapons culture with manliness,” says Abdulrahman al-Marwani, the founder and director of Dar al-Salam (House of Peace), the first NGO in Yemen to focus on disarmament. In Al-Marwani’s many roles — a list that includes everything from mediator in tribal conflicts to organizer of educational, anti-gun drama classes — he says that one of his primary goals is to convince citizens that “a Yemeni can be a man without carrying weapons.”
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

Gun Control, Yemen-Style

Driving across Sana’a, walking down the street, or eating at a restaurant, it’s almost impossible not to encounter a firearm. And that’s the capital. Gun-slinging in tribal areas, especially northern ones, is even more cavalier. “Yemeni society links the weapons culture with manliness,” says Abdulrahman al-Marwani, the founder and director of Dar al-Salam (House of Peace), the first NGO in Yemen to focus on disarmament. In Al-Marwani’s many roles — a list that includes everything from mediator in tribal conflicts to organizer of educational, anti-gun drama classes — he says that one of his primary goals is to convince citizens that “a Yemeni can be a man without carrying weapons.”

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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    Turns out though that Yemen ranks only second worldwide in gun ownership per capita. You can probably can probably guess...
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    From theatlantic: Interesting comparative perspective.
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