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Election Gun Ban: More Fun for Criminals in the Philippines

January 27, 2013

Less than two weeks ago, the Philippine government imposed a nationwide election gun ban and confiscation, disarming mostly registered and law abiding gun owners. The premise or rationale behind this gun grabbing campaign, according to government officials and anti-gun rights media pundits, is to curb gun-related violence. Really?

Media ‘intellectuals’ like Neal Cruz have been for years calling for a total election gun ban. “Only when there is a real total gun ban,” Cruz hilariously stated in his January 16 column. “The alleged “total gun ban” during the election period is a farce. There are so many exceptions, foremost of which are the private armies of politicians. Yes, many shootings, like the Maguindanao massacre, are caused by politics,” he added.

This guy must be out of touch with reality. There must be something really wrong with how his brain works. Guns are part of reality. They are part of our modern civilization.

World governments spent billions of dollars to combat drugs and drug syndicates yet they all failed. Didn’t Cruz and others learn something from the failed prohibition era in the United States that led to the rise of alcohol syndicates and gangsters like notorious prohibition profiteer Al Capone? What happened to total jueteng ban in the Philippines? Who were/are the jueteng profiteers? The politicians and kotong cops!

Now you’re telling us, Mr. Neal Cruz, “only when there is a real total gun ban!” You must be insane! You’re living in a fantasy world.

We don’t need gun control/ban! What this country needs is idiot control!

The latest robbery incident at Megamall, the 3rd largest shopping mall in the Philippines, simply proves that gun ban doesn’t work and will never work. This incident has sparked informal online debates/discussions on whether gun ban is the real, practical, and rational solution to violence and crimes. Can the government solve crimes and violence by simply disarming people?

In case you still don’t know, Megamall– and every shopping mall in the country– is a gun-free zone. Yes, the robbery incident took place in a gun-free zone during an election gun ban season. How much gun control do we need? Or do we really need gun control?

Also, this incident shows that no matter how many gun ban/control laws or policies this government implements, still criminals won’t obey the law. That’s why they’re criminals. And anyone intending to commit a crime does not respect the law.

Here are some of the comments I found online:

This guy, Jose Francisco Farrugia, blames lack of mall security:

There’s a lack of security in establishments here in the Philippines. Just take a look at what happened earlier this week when a Canadian shot and killed a couple of people at the Law courts in Cebu. And what’s the use of having mental detectors beeping when the guards don’t even bother searching the person and his property. That creates a false sense of security and SM Malls should be blamed for that.

John Joseph Yotoko Benares made the following reply: “You have to realize though that in other countries, malls do not have bag inspections and scanners.  So I don’t think it’s really a lack of security but more in the realm of is security doing their jobs properly/efficiently.”

Rod, another commenter, mentions the government’s gun ban policy:

“Hey Gunless Society, we have a total gun ban now (the subject of your wettest dreams) but this happened (not to mention the numerous shooting incidents since the start of the gun ban). What do you have to say now huh?”

Nice one there!

PilosopangTasya makes the usual gun-grabbing response: “But then again, imagine if people were really allowed to bring guns with them anywhere. Don’t you think that it will cause greater mayhem when the owner suddenly shoots on a public area for God knows what reason? What can the security do about it? Nothing except to cry over spilled milk! Because in the first place, they allowed the people to get in regardless if they’re armed or not.”

It’s like she’s saying: “Imagine of guns suddenly disappear…” In the real world, guns won’t suddenly disappear. Unless someone has the power to just pray guns away. No amount of gun ban legislation will make guns suddenly disappear.

John Joseph Yotoko Benares says:

“UK has a gunless society.   The thing is though in any society, if someone wants to break the law, they will do it, regardless if its gunless or not.  But we prevent people from retaliating in such a way that causes more harm to bystanders. “

Australia, too. Did gun ban in Australia solve gun-related violence and crimes? Hell no!

From Joshua Mendoza: “Things would probably have ended up differently if people inside were permitted to have conceal and carry guns. A gunless society would only affect those who are willing to lay down their arms, outlaws probably not included.”

He’s right!

Concealed carry laws work in the United States. Watch how this concealed carrier old man stopped an attempted robbery in an internet cafe in the U.S.

This 65-year-old woman prevented robbery in a jewelry store by using her gun:

This sales clerk woman shot this robber:

The Megamall robbery incident is just one of the several crimes that took place after the implementation of total gun ban on January 13.

  • Day 1 of election gun ban: 4 killed, 5 nabbed: An unidentified gunman barged into a dancing hall and shot Victor Soriano Acoba, 43, chairman of Barangay San Vicente in San Pablo, Isabela province in the head in front of his wife.

  • 154 arrested over poll gun ban: The Philippine National Police on Thursday reported that 154 people have been arrested over the first 10 days of the implementation of the Commission on Elections gun ban in connection with the May mid-term polls.

  • Killers continue to defy election gun ban, shoot dead trader in Marikina: A gunman shot dead Mark Joseph Ang Luna in the temple before casually walking to a waiting motorcycle, radio dzBB’s Glen Juego reported.

Let’s not forget that the President exempted himself from gun ban. Also, let’s not forget that the Maguindanao massacre that led to the death of 58 disarm people took place during the 2010 election gun ban.

How do OFWs view gun ban in their homeland? Here’s an excerpt of the following news article:

Filipino workers in Al-Khobar expressed their opposing views on the issue of a total gun ban in the Philippines.

Vangie Lait, a teacher at the International Philippine School in Al-Khobar (IPSA), is not in favor of a total gun ban because it will not solve the crime problem and it would not deter criminals from acquiring guns.

Lait said that the law should be strengthened and the offenders should be slapped with stiffer punishment.

“Mas matutuwa po ang mga criminal at mga masasamang loob na gumawa ng kalokohan sa kapwa nila kung wala na silang kinatatakutang armas na kagaya nito. Nararapat lang po na mag-set ng proper rules and strict guidelines kung sino ang dapat na pagkalooban na magkaroon ng lisensya,” Lait said.

Lait’s colleague, Darwin Majid, does not also support the total gun ban. It will only encourage criminals to commit more crimes, he said.

“Maging malakas lang ang loob ng mga mamamayan na gumawa ng maraming karahasan. Datapwat ang mas mainam po magbigay po tayo ng malinaw na reporma at patakaran sa mga mamamayan na humahawak ng armas,” Majid said.

On the other hand, there are also OFWs who are pro-gun advocates like Romy Quizon of AlKhobar. He believes that a gun is needed in order to protect oneself and his family in the Philippines. Some use it to protect their business and properties.

“Sa panahon ngayon ay alam mo na ang buhay sa atin, marami ang nalolooban at delikado ang sitwasyon kaya kailangan mayroon kang proteksyon sa sarili at sa pamilya,” Quizon said.

During this gun control election season we should expect more crimes and violence.

  • Twitter users tweeted the following Megamall photos:

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