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Champion Philippine Practical Shooter ambushed and killed in Malabon

MANILA, Philippines – One of the Philippines’ representatives to an international practical shooting competition was killed in an ambush in Malabon on Sunday afternoon.

The victim, identified as Michael Lontoc, was ambushed by four unknown gun men along M.H. Del Pilar Street in Barangay Tenejeros around 4 p.m.

Witnesses said after being shot, the victim’s Toyota Hi-Lux rammed into a wall beside a badminton court.

The suspects immediately fled the scene. A witness said he saw 3 of the suspects boarding a jeepney.

Lontoc was rushed to MCU Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Police recovered empty bullet shells from a caliber .45 pistol and uzi at the crime scene.

Lontoc had just come from a shooting competition in Barangay Maysilo and was headed for home in Quezon City.

Authorities have yet to identify the motive behind the killing.

Lontoc was supposed to be one of the country’s representative at the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shooting Championship in Rhodes, Greece on October 3 to 9. – Report from Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News

First PROGUN Kapihan Forum

PROGUN will have it's first kapihan discussion group on Saturday September 10, 2011, 9:30am-1pm at the Officer's Club, Marine Base, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. Topics will be: (1) House Substitute Bill on Firearms, (2) Legal Self-Defense Street Smarts (3) Fund Raising and other projects.

Hope to see you all there!

Bilang Sagot kina Korina Sanchez at Ted Failon

Narito and SAGOT ng PROGUN sa news article ni Korina Sanchez na lumabas sa Philippine Star Ngayong 22 Agosto 2011: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=719282&publicationSubCategoryId=94. at dito: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=718995&publicationSubCategoryId=94

Isang malaking pagkakamali ang sinabi ni Korina Sanchez na ang turo ng responsible gun owners are pagbunot ng baril sa away agad puputukin at sisiguradong patay ang lumulusob sa iyo. Wala po itinuturo ang responsible gun owner na ganun, na ang totoo ang tamang turo ng responsible gun owners ay gagamitin lang ang baril kapag nanganganib lang ang buhay ng pan sarili o ang pamilya. Ang laging turo nga ng responsible gun owners ay iwas lagi sa gulo, at wag mainit ang ulo, lalo na sa traffic.

PROGUN Reply to Philippine Star: "Strict Gun Control can prevent a Norway incident."

Today an article appeared in the Philippine Star citing the Deputy Chief of Operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr., who stated that strict gun control can thwart a similar incident. Article is here: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=709708&publicationSubCategoryId=63

Our Reply:

Dear Gen. Mabanta,

PROGUN Statement on the Norway Killings

 

The Peaceful Responsible Owners of Guns (PROGUN) condemns in the strongest possible terms the mass shooting committed by a purportedly deranged gunman at a youth camp at Norway. Police investigations indicate that the same suspected gunman may be responsible for the bombing of the Oslo government offices the other day, likewise killing scores of people. We send our condolences and sympathies to the victims and the people of Norway.

While the victims deserve our utmost sympathy and condolence, we likewise realize on a practical level that criminals will always be with us and will always commit crimes and prey upon innocent and helpless victims, in every country in the world, and using whatever means possible to commit crimes. Human nature being what it is, there will always be those who are born or raised to be deranged, mentally imbalanced, sociopaths, and bent on inflicting harm on others. Criminality and lawlessness is a fact of life which can strike in even in those places and countries which claim to be the most peaceful and crime free countries in the world. Neither the reputed efficiency of the Norwegian police or the reputed "crime free" environment of Norway prevented such a tragedy from happening.

Deranged Norwegian Gunman kills 80 at youth camp.

(OSLO, Norway) — A Norwegian who dressed as a police officer to gun down summer campers killed at least 80 people at an island retreat, horrified police said early Saturday. It took investigators several hours to begin the realize the full scope of Friday's massacre, which followed an explosion in nearby Oslo that killed seven and that police say was set off by the same suspect.

The mass shootings are among the worst in history. With the blast outside the prime minister's office, they formed the deadliest day of terror in Western Europe since the 2004 Madrid train bombings killed 191.

Firearms for self-protection after a disaster

I'm announcing the launch of a new preparedness website: preparemanila.org.

My friend who started the website created it in response to the lack of Philippine-centric information resources. (He noticed that most of the websites were for the US.) Although the website is aimed for Manila residents, most of the information will also apply to the Philippines in general.

Firearms ownership and preparedness go hand-in-hand so I'm sure that readers of this website will also find preparemanila.org to be useful.

Of particular interest would be the following article:
Firearms for self-protection after a disaster.

preparemanila.org is a PROGUN supporter.

Indian high court rules that citizens entitled to firearms for self-defence

It seems that the Indian pro-firearms movement is gaining ground. While there may be problems when it comes to official red-tape for license processing and ammunition purchasing, at least they are moving forward when it comes to securing their freedoms.

Let us hope that we in the Philippines do not continue moving backwards.

Read more: Can't deny gun licence citing law & order: HC.

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