That is a very interesting question. I do believe that this problem can be solved but there is no one way to tackle this. It has to be a combined effort of individuals and governments. I read through some of the answers and i see that people give up hope which is unacceptable. There are a number of issues that we have to address before the question in hand. These are a global economy based in crude oil, global poverty, civil wars, the aggressive policies that developing countries are using and much more. All of these are interrelated. On top of that you have to see who are the people who produce the weapons and who are they selling them too and more importantly why they sell them to them and not too any others.
Weapons industry reportedly worth 900 billion dollars which is nearly 1 trillion and that’s loads of zeros and corporations and governments do not want to lose that. I am quoting a table which shows the share of that the different countries in the world have:
Top 8 arms exporters in 2004
CountryCurrent US dollars1990 US dollars
Figures are in United States dollars.
Interestingly enough you can see that top 5 countries belong to the G8 which ironically enough they supposed to care for the well being of the rest of the world. I can’t see how arms exports help that cause but this is a different question all together.
Education along with the companied efforts of individuals and governments are the solution. One of the ways is blacklisting products from companies that deal weapons. For example Boeing is on the top of that list. I am wondering how they would feel if we did not use any airlines that use their airplanes. It is a similar fight between an ant and a grasshopper. One ant can’t beat a grasshopper but loads of ants can.
Education and togetherness is the solution to this problem. I hope that helps your quest