EPIC FAILURE: COMELEC GUN BAN 2013 SHAPING UP TO BE THE BLOODIEST IN PHILIPPINE HISTORY
In the two weeks of the COMELEC Gun Ban 2013, we have recorded for this first month of January , 341 violent crime incidents in which there were 157 injuries and 313 fatalities, as of 31 January 2013. Among the violent crime incidents were spectacular robberies/ hold-ups in the heart of Metro Manila, high profile murders and assassinations of politicians and businessmen, courtroom murders and violence, and ambushes resulting in massacres of innocent civilians, police, and soldiers.
It is clear from these incidents that the COMELEC GUN BAN is an epic failure. As predicted beforehand, only the law abiding citizens and licensed gun owners are affected by the gun ban and are prevented by law from bringing their firearms outisde of residence. Sensing this disarmament, the criminals, assassins, warlords, and robbers now know that the civilian population is now defenseless and have acted accordingly, and commenced with a massive crime wave of shootings, robberies, and murders.
We had stated in our gun ban position paper in 2009: http://progun.ph/gun-ban-position-paper, that the gun ban is unrealistic and will not work in the Philippines. "Unlike in Western countries, the Philippines suffers from rampant crime in the form of reobberies and thefts, kidnapping, drug violence, terrorism in the South, Communjist Insurgency, and political and profession related killings. In spite of the best efforts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces (AFP), these crimes have not been curbed or lessened over the years. If anything, the crime situation in the country has gotten worse. The mandate of the PNP is to preserve general state of peace and order. The PNP are not mandated to protect individual citizens on a 24 hour basis, seven days a week. Stated otherwise, the police cannot be present everywhere and always to protect its citizens. For this reason, the more affluent Filipinos hire private security guards for their homes and subdivisions or personal bodyguards for the even wealthier. However, for the ordinary citizens who are not as moneyed, a total gun ban would leave them totally defenseless against criminal elements."
Everything that we predicted and stated in our 2009 Gun Ban Position Paper has come true.
In the past two weeks, we have witnessed, among many violent crime incidents, the brazen robbery of SM Megamall (at peak hours during a Saturday), the courtroom shooting rampage of Canadian Pope who killed two people: a doctor, lawyer, and seriously wounded a prosecutor, the professional killing of Isabela Mayor Erlinda Domingo, the ambush slaying of nine people in Negros Occidental, the string of robberies of LBC and Western Union money changers, and the killings of wealthy businessmen. How many more dead bodies do we need to see for us to wake up to reality and finally realize that the COMELEC gun ban serves no purpose other than to disarm honest citizens and make them prey to criminal elements. It does not bring down the crime rate; it heightens it. It is not protection for the public; it is a disservice.
It is high time that we need to act to correct this governmental error, and yes we will act upon it and do something. Our very survival and security depends on individual iniative, realization of what goes on in real life, and plain and simple COMMON SENSE, which regretfully our policy makers do not have.