Read this article. The author, apparently do not know what he's talking about...Let's send this guy emails and let him know what we think about his comments and observation about people with guns. He's somewhat saying that we, the responsible gun owners, will be and can be the problem. sabi nga nya...u be the judge!! Read On!! "Too many guns" "The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light." Epistle of Paul to the Romans xii.II WHEN President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law in 1972, and ordered that ALL firearms in civilian hands and other non-military possessions be surrendered to the authorities under pain of arrest and imprisonment, the number of firearms collected, if my memory serves me right, totaled over half a million pieces. Nearly all law-abiding citizens reluctantly and dutifully surrendered their firearms and expensive collections of hunting rifles, pistols, submachine guns and high-powered weapons, including revered Israeli Uzi assault rifles, to the military for safekeeping with official receipts duly made out and received. Sad to say, as military abuses escalated, and martial law became more permanent, the "receipts" remained but the confiscated firearms vanished inexplicably from the arsenals, presumably pilfered or given to the new set of "collectors" in the armed forces and cronies of the conjugal dictatorship. Conformably today, and obviously to be expected, Filipinos will never again succumb to voluntarily surrendering their firearms or accept confiscation as in 1972. For these reasons, and since then, all police appeals for the surrender of, and apprehensions of, loose firearms have been a dismal failure, and exacerbated by the shortsighted and stupid suggestion that working journalists be allowed to carry guns for their own protection. Truth to tell, the objective is to achieve a gunless society where the citizens will feel safe in the streets and in their homes. It is non-negotiable and urgent. At present, there is probably enough firepower in the hands of citizens, private security guard agencies, the AFP, PNP, NPAs, and Muslim militants to start a civil war where coup plotters have so far failed to do the job. Be that as it may, Philippine society must be made gunless, like other nations, where possession of unlicensed, illegal firearms and deadly weapons will be severely punished, and murder will be meted the death penalty with dispatch. Thus, the burden of protecting the health, safety, and lives of citizens will rest solely on the AFP and PNP which initially will be easier said than done in view of the huge, unaccounted for, scattered whereabouts of arms caches in the hands of civilians, security guard agencies, Muslim secessionists and communist NPAs which the central authorities must either overwhelm or defeat, or successfully put under control. This ideal cannot understandably be achieved overnight since the police organization itself must first be purged of scalawags, corrupt officers, and the PNP image and credibility redeemed and refurnished. The police itself must become the role model of incorruptibility, uncompromising implementor of the rule of law, and respecter of the rights of the citizens before the PNP can achieve respectability. That is a plateful of expectations. While it is always a gratifying, exhilarating, and welcomed experience to see gunless streets in cities and countries in the region, such as Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, China, Australia, and New Zealand, the Philippines, at the moment, is one huge armed camp and ammunition dump just waiting for an accident to happen, and trigger civil chaos. It is surmised that the sight of so many firearms in department stores, supermarkets, resorts, offices, hotels, restaurants, and residences must not only be traumatic to first-time visitors to this country but also for the Philippines, the culture of violence and uncontrolled display of firearms can become counter-productive to the image of a peaceful, hospitable, and friendly people that the government is trying to project here and abroad. Hence, achieving a peaceful and gunless society is not only long overdue, and embarrassing, it is also a reflection of weak leadership, police corruption, political excesses, and the dismal failure to contain and disarm communist and Muslim rebels which is another story. You be the judge. (For comments and views, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) Wanna kill these ads? We can help!