I saw this sa Phil Pistol Forum ON TARGET We live in dangerous times By Ramon Tulfo Inquirer Last updated 04:42am (Mla time) 03/01/2007 We live in dangerous times, but theres nothing we can do about it. Two armed men barged into the home of an office executive in Project 8, Quezon City early morning last Friday. One of the executives sons ran to his parents room when he saw the two men coming in. Before he could enter his parents room, he was shot in the leg. The frightened son, 21, huddled with his parents inside the master bedroom. But the couple forgot about the younger son, 18, who was sleeping in his bedroom. The armed men fired shots inside the house. The couple and the elder son thought the shots were just meant to scare the house occupants. What they didnt know was that the shots were fired at the younger boy. The housemaid, who was in the adjacent room, heard the cries for help of the 18-year-old boy. Huwag po, maawa po kayo (Please dont shoot, have mercy on me), the maid quoted the boy appealing to the robbers to spare his life. The father wanted to come out to see if his other son was safe, but was prevented by his wife. There was no gun in the house. All the three could do was call 117, an emergency number equivalent to the US 911, while the gunmen were inside their home. The police arrived all rightafter 30 minuteslong after the gunmen were gone. Had there been a gun in the house or if the police were quick in answering the call for help, do you think that tragedy would have taken place? Im withholding the identity of the bereaved family at their request. Im a friend of the father. But Im asking the Quezon City Police District to find the robber-killers and bring them to justice. *** The tragedy at Project 8 is a commentary against gunless society advocacy and being overly dependent on the police for ones protection. Lets face it: When the government deprives good citizens of the right to protect themselves in their homes by not allowing them to own guns, the government tells the bad guys to have a party. Lets face another reality: The police in this country are useless because they are either corrupt or incompetent. Many cops dont even know how to handle a gun. An incompetent and corrupt police force, plus an incompetent and corrupt national leadership, equals chaos. *** While on the subject of guns, Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Calderon consistently refuses to issue this writer a permit to carry his pistol outside his home. I need a gun for my personal protection. I need a gun to carry around because I have gained enemies as a result of my acid pen. I need to protect myself from government officials and private individuals whom I have severely criticized in this column. This country is the most dangerous place for a journalist, second only to Iraq. Whats the matter, guys, you want to do me in without giving me a fighting chance? If thats the case, then I might be forced to violate the law against carrying a gun without a permit. Survival is mans primordial instinct.