On April 5th, we heard from fallujah that the PNP plans to permanently stop issuing permits to carry firearms (PTCFOR). The reason, according to PNP Chief Verzosa, is that they found the total gun ban during the elections to be an effective crime deterrent.
Now we hear from Comelec that the 2010 elections are turning out to be the most violent. What does this do to Chief Verzosa’s credibility on anything he says about gun control? Of course, I don’t need to answer that question; any thinking person can form his or her own conclusion.
Unfortunately, we in the Philippines don’t have access to reliable data. Our statistics are more open to manipulation by those with vested interests since we lack independent sources. However, all we need do is look around the world for examples and the trend is clear: anti-gun supporters are wrong. As logic dictates, laws won’t stop criminals from causing harm. So, when ordinary people can’t protect themselves, violent crime will inevitably increase.