"While I am certain that Debbie Grisdale's letter to the editor ['Break the silence', Mar. 2012, p. 4] has nothing but honourable intentions in supporting an international arms treaty (ATT), I have to suggest that this is a very flawed instrument if indeed its intent is to staunch the flow of illegal arms into Third World nations. The ATT will have only a deleterious effect on hunters, farmers and indigenous people in Canada. It will not slow down the traffic in illicit arms. It will, however, make the production of recreational and sporting firearms prohibitively expensive. But, then, maybe this was its purpose all along".