Comelec Gun ban to be extended or made permanent?
There is much talk now about the proposal to extend the Comelec gun ban or make it permanent. This began with the statement of Gen. Jesus Verzosa, the Chief PNP, that due to the perceived effectiveness of the total gun ban during the comelec campaign period and the alleged low incidence of crime during this period, there is a supposed "clamor" for the gun ban to be made permanent.
PROGUN has consistently and vigorously OPPOSED any type of gun ban, whether Comelec imposed or otherwise. We stand firmly behind the rights of all our citizens to keep and bear their firearms, most especially in these dangerous times of high crime and political violence during election campaigns. We dispute the claim of Gen. Verzosa that the crime rate and killings have gone down during this last election period. As per our count of all election violence and killings committed during this last election period, we have counted to date roughly 250 people killed and 400+ wounded during last election alone. These are unacceptably high numbers of victims. Bear in mind that these victims did not receive any assistance or protection whatsoever from the police who were supposed to be maintaining peace and order and protecting the people. Criminals still were able to get their hands on firearms during the gun ban and used them with impunity to commit crimes. In short, the so-called gun ban was a failure.
PROGUN therefore, wishes to bring this information to the public that the proposed extension or permanent gun ban is based upon INACCURATE and INCOMPLETE information and FALSE assumptions. We fell strongly that this latest move initiated by the current PNP Hierarchy is simply a media ploy and a gimmick to implement the anti-gun agenda. The figures do not lie. We still live in a dangerous society. We still need to provide for our own protection.
Please read our full length position paper against the gun ban and other anti-gun issues here: http://progun.ph/gun-ban-position-paper