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Call on the U.S. government to ban cluster munitions

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A cluster munition is a type of weapon that's indiscriminate by its very nature. So indiscriminate, in fact, that between 2010 and 2014, 92% of all recorded casualties from cluster munitions were civilians and half were children [1].

A cluster munition is a weapon that opens up in mid-air to release multiple (in some cases hundreds) of small explosive devices called submunitions, which then strike the ground over an area that can be equivalent in size to several football fields [2]. Anyone in this extremely large "strike area" is in serious danger of being killed or severely injured, regardless of whether they're a soldier or a civilian, an adult or a child.

To make matters worse, cluster munitions fail to work as intended with alarming regularity, leaving unexploded submunitions littering the ground as de facto mines [3].

119 countries around the world have already signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions, pledging to never again use, produce, transfer, or stockpile these horrific weapons. The United States of America isn't one of them and this needs to change.

Please take a stand against the fear and misery cluster munitions cause by adding your name to this petition and sharing it on social media. Together, we can make the world a safer place.

Thank you,

David Maton

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[1] http://www.the-monitor.org/en-gb/reports/2015/clus...

[2] http://www.stopclustermunitions.org/en-gb/cluster-...

[3] https://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/legal...

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