Originally Posted by MXV
That's a shame that the bill got shelved. That will happen if nobody's pushing for it considering the anti-gun lobby is so strong.
Do Filipino gun owners have a lobby group? Since it's the Philippine National Police that is the administrator of the privileges of gun owners, I've noticed that most gun clubs are subservient, almost to the level of obsequiousness, to the Police for their licenses, PTCs, PTTs, range permits, etc., and as such the gun clubs have a dilemma in going against the Police by advocating the right to bear arms. Such being the case, the gun clubs cannot be serious advocates for the right to bear arms. Hence, it might be high time for a serious, well-informed lobby group along the lines of the Gun Owner's of America:
I think I disagree.
Such an organization would soon be mired in politicking,
attempts at cultus, and the rise of rival organizations,
because that's what Filipinos excel at: they establish
organizations so they can try to sit at the head of the
table(s). Rival organizations thence squabble with each
other, to the detriment of any remaining effort to save
our rights as firearm owners. Just look around you:
PROGUN did not really push hard for HB3501, apparently
because some of its heavies felt they'd been 'excluded'
from the bill-drafting process(!!!). What matters pala
getting their seats at the table, not whether HB3501 is
going to help protect our rights.
I had high hopes for BoG at first, as an informal platform
for promoting a proper firearm-owner culture: one based
on a sober and responsible civic-mindedness. But soon
enough there were calls to incorporate formally, and the
discussions tended to project PRECISELY the sort
of "rich boy" image that the press loves to associate with
irresponsible gun ownership (...Ryan Jaworski, Jason Ivler,
etc., ad nauseam). Mind you, I dig talking the 'lifestyle',
but when it's firearm-ownership
being discussed, a more
respectable posting attitude might accrue.
I dislike political lobbies, for the disproportionate and
ultimately undemocratic influence they'd exert on our
government. I'd prefer to promote intelligent voting,
and the showcasing of a proper gun-owner culture.
Hey, I've tried laying out the evidence favoring or else
disfavoring certain candidates PRIOR TO ELECTIONS, in
threads going back to 2004, to little avail. Even firearm
owners (like BoGs) keep on voting for the same sort of
clowns, or squandering their vote on unwinnables, or
not even voting at all (fitting the apathetic "rich boy"
stereotype media foists on us). Sayang lang ang pagod
ko, 'di ba?
, with elections just weeks away, and even
with the vast power of the internet at their disposal,
how many BoGs know of the stances of candidates on
firearm-ownership? Matter of public record 'yan
, and I
You can lead a horse to water, right?
Generic exhortation na lang ang ibigay ko.
I'm urging that we do what we can as individuals, sans
any lobbies or organizations:
-Project a good image as a firearm-owner.