Why total gun ban will never work

A campaign poster showing an image of Ronaldo Bae, who once ran in local elections for the post of village chief, hanging from a shanty house in Kawit, south of Manila, on January 4, 2013. Bae allegedly went on a rampage and killed five people on Friday, before dying in a gunbattle with police. (AFP)

A campaign poster showing an image of Ronaldo Bae, who once ran in local elections for the post of village chief, hanging from a shanty house in Kawit, south of Manila, on January 4, 2013. Bae allegedly went on a rampage and killed five people on Friday, before dying in a gun battle with police. (AFP)

The calls for more gun control or total gun ban have increased for the first days of 2013 as series of gun-related deaths happened from the death of a 7-year old girl and 4-year old boy in a separate incident during New Year’s Eve celebrations, to a frustrated wannabe politician (the image of that wannabe politician appears above) went on a shooting rampage, killing eight people before getting killed by responding policemen himself.

Some sectors of the population including the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines are calling for an utopian gun less society, which according to gun ban advocates, would lead to genuine peace. Good to hear for a gun less society, but in reality shows that only the law-abiding citizens would follow a gun ban while those who have bad motives—crime syndicates and political tyrants—would not follow a gun ban. Even the Philippine National Police admit that there are some 600,000 loose firearms—firearms that can be easily manufactured in the black market, thus can easily be obtained by persons with bad motives—while law abiding citizens cannot easily own a legitimate firearms due to stringent gun laws in our country—during election time, you are prohibited from carrying firearms unless you obtain a gun ban exemption from the Commission on Elections or COMELEC while gun-related deaths skyrockets every election season in our country.

Why we want to penalize those who are law-abiding gun owner citizen? That is the question the gun ban advocates cannot refute and sticking with the wrong notion that guns kill people while in reality, criminals will find ways on how to achieve of what they want—hurting victims who are mostly unarmed. Maybe a psychological test for those who wants to own firearms is necessary, but a total gun ban is a knee jerk reaction of the prime cause of gun-related deaths—that are the loose firearms can easily be obtained by criminals, political tyrants, and psychopaths while law-abiding citizens cannot easily own and carry firearms anywhere in our country for self-defense from criminals. Only criminals, political tyrants, and psychopaths would be happy if there is total gun ban in our country—as no one can stop them while law-abiding citizens are disarmed. We cannot rely to our law enforcement authorities like the Philippine National Police all the time for our own safety because of lack of police manpower to safeguard all citizens of our country, thus owning a firearm is a more practical way for law-abiding citizens especially those who are living in remote areas.

The recent and future gun-related incidents in our country should not be exploited by some interests to deprive the right of the citizens for self-defense—owning a firearms. Instead, the government should look after those who are manufacturing loose firearms—many of which end up to criminals, political tyrants, and psychopaths while they should improve and train law-abiding citizens on how to use firearms properly, so that it would not end up to persons with bad motives.