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Cartoon: Background checks

Mark Wilson is a New York political cartoonist and illustrator who lives in the Adirondacks. He publishes under the pen name Marquil.

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Bessent: Arms treaty at United Nations mirrors American gun control debate

Pedestrians walk by the United Nations headquarters building.

(Credit: AP, 2007)

As the American public passionately debates how to curb lethal gun violence here at home, the world’s nations are negotiating a treaty aimed at achieving the same result globally.

If approved, the Arms Trade Treaty which was debated Thursday at the United Nations would establish the first international standards for cross border sales of conventional weapons, a $70 billion a year trade in...

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