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Alpers, Philip. 2015 ‘Oceania Has Been Spared 'AK-47 Plague'.’ The Pacific Region Lives Up to its Name with Disarming Success. Melbourne: The Conversation. 26 February
Oceania Has Been Spared 'AK-47 Plague'
A quirk of calibre spared us the "AK-47 plagues" of Africa and South Asia.
Global alliances dictate that Pacific law enforcement and military choose NATO-calibre firearms and ammunition. After local police and soldiers supplied the most destructive firearms used in crime and conflict, and after even a PNG police minister admitted "indiscriminate sale of ammunition to the public" by police officers, it was easy to see supply dictating demand.
In Oceania, ammunition to fit Eastern Bloc weapons is very rare. And without bullets, even an AK-47 is just a club…