Gun Control

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PROGUN march rally on 3 July 2014

PROGUN will be holding a march rally along Padre Faura Manila (from Robinson's) at the Supreme Court on Thursday 9am, 3 July, to coincide with the filing of our verified petition for contempt against the PNP and all responsible officers for violation of the SC TRO. All shooters, gun owners, dealers, and freedom supporters are requested to join us in our march.

Why would anyone need guns in a modern society?

Britain, the gold standard for gun control

Once again, gun control debates are raging in the United States and now, in the Philippines. Every time there is talk about restricting firearms, anti-gun advocates love wheeling out Great Britain as some sort of gold standard. The old narrative should be familiar:

The United States, with 90 guns for every 100 citizens, is the most heavily armed society in the world. As a result of Americans' stubborn love of their right to bear arms, its cities have become mired in violence, gang shootings and school massacres. Britain, on the other hand, known as having among the strictest gun laws in the world, is a far safer society. Gun crime in the UK is minuscule compared to America and its crime rate is much lower.

Reinforcing this view are the recent spate of mass shootings in the US, together with the announcement that homicide in Britain is at a 30-year low.

Why We Will Not Give In

These are hard times for gun owners. With the recent spate of gun violence incidents such as the death of a 7 year old child by a stray bullet during New Year's Eve, and the shooting rampage by a deranged man in Cavite which killed 8 people, there are now calls again for a reconsideration of a gun ban in the Philippines. The Gunless Society advocates and usual hypocrite politicians and leftist media, are all using these isolated incidents as a basis for a renewed call to ball all civilian firearms ownership in the Philippines. We have seen this type of behavior before in the United Kingdom in the aftermath of the Dublane School shooting in 1996, and in Australia after the Port Arthur Shooting, which led to total gun bans in both countries.

Will we allow such to happen in the Philippines? Keep dreaming.

Insisting on gun owners' rights as a civil liberty is not insensitivity to such shooting tragedies. While we do condole with the victims and condemn these acts of gun violence, we should not allow the issues to be muddled into glorifying the vested interests of anti-gun groups or to be used as political mileage for unsavory and publicity hungry politicians. Neither will be allow licensed law abiding gun owners to be made scapegoats and wrongfully be portrayed as the perpetrators of these incidents, which is utterly false.

The Real Reason for stricter Gun Control

Fallujah posted this as a comment on the PNP Firearms Circulars thread. However, I think it is important enough to be highlighted in its own article.

Why are the PNP clamping down on the licensed gun owners and not the criminals?

Stricter gun control equals more corruption?

The official fee for a Permit to Carry Firearm Outside of Residence P4000 + P150 card. A permit to Transport (Gun Club) is P360. Source is the official PNP Firearms and Explosives Division web site here: http://www.fed.org.ph/fees.html. Now I am just wondering why the actual cost being charged for a PTCFOR is P8000-P12,000. Also, the actual costs of a PTT is P500. PTCFORs for long arms are likewise being issued for P20,000.

Those are current figures. During the time of Ping Lacson in the late 90's, of the several thousand PTCFOR applications being filed only about 160 were approved. Nevertheless, if you are not within the "magic 160", a fee of P10,000 for the PTCFOR would make you a member.

UK: Gun-free zone and unarmed victim zone - 12 killed in mass shooting

The UK was rocked by a rare multiple shooting incident on Wednesday. At least 12 people were killed and 25 injured when taxi driver Derrick Bird opened fire in a shooting rampage in Boot, West Cumbria. For around six hours, Police were unable to apprehend him as he was loose in the area. Bird was later found to have committed suicide in a nearby forest.

Foreign Aid and Gun Control

Last year, our Police were pushing for the passage of a Firearms Control Act which would greatly restrict the right of citizens to one guns and increase the power of the police to regulate gun ownership and sales. One rationale for the passage of the bill was that it would allow the release of more foreign aid from Japan. Thus, our police were following the "japan model" of stringent firearms restrictions and right of inspection, and were pushing for legislation to this effect, in exchange for aid.

There is nothing wrong with receceiving foreign aid. But when such aid is given with "strings" or conditions attached, such aid partakes of an ominous nature. It reeks of foreign domination and control of our internal affairs and our values. It strips us of our freedom and our choice to chart our own destiny.

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