It was a July in 2011 when Anders Breivik successfully claimed the lives of 77 people in a twin attack he made in Utoya Island and Oslo. [READ] He set up a bomb in Norway’s capital, which killed 8 people. Simultaneously, he gunned down people and kids on a retreat in the island of Utoya as if he was just playing a violent video game.
A year later, during a premier showing of the Dark Night Rises, somewhere in Colorado, a mad man clad in black threw tear gas grenades inside the theater, and began shooting people using multiple weapons. He killed 12 people and injured 58 others. The young lad’s name was James Eagan Holmes. [READ]
And then a few months later (just last month!), 20-year old Adam Lanza took the lives of 20 innocent children and 6 adults in Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut [READ]. That was after he shot his own mother Nancy in their house. This one is particularly heartbreaking since the victims were innocent kids. They could have had bright futures. Or who knows, they could have made huge differences in this world. This reminded me of an even more terrifying school massacre in Virginia Tech few years ago. Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people in the university. Again, innocent lives that of people who could have made a difference in this world.
By the way, we really don’t have to go so far. The year has just started and we already have our version of these mass killings. Just last week in Cavite, Ronald Bae killed 7 people including two kids and a pregnant woman. [READ]. Step back a few days earlier, the heartbreaking story of Stephanie Ella happened. This time, the very irresponsible culprit of the stray bullet that took the life of the bright kid remains unknown.
What’s common in all these stories? Guns. And why am I recounting these? Well, I read a news about PNoy downplaying some people’s cry on gun ban. I was pretty surprised to learn that our president was against the idea. Until I learned that he was a gun enthusiast himself. Such a shameful stand, Mr. President. Apparently, the justification of those against banning guns is that making guns illegal will only “equip more” the bad guys, since the general public is now “unequipped”. Pretty fucked up reasoning right?
If guns are banned, then even the bad people will not be holding guns. Ergo, the general public will not be exposed to any harm caused by guns (of course blades and other forms of weaponry are a whole different story). Following the logic of the people against gun ban, it is clear that they assumed that a gun ban does NOT entail disarming of the bad guys. Well, ideally speaking, it should. This story boils down to the effectivity of our law enforcement. If PNoy cannot assure us an effective law enforcement on gun ban, then how can he assure us an effective law enforcement of any other law?
Anti-Gun Ban’s stand: GUN BAN leaves PUBLIC UNARMED but BAD PEOPLE ARMED.
Ideally: GUN BAN + EFFECTIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT results to GUN-FREE PUBLIC INCLUDING BAD GUYS. Therefore, NO INADVERTENT GUN KILLINGS.
However, we have a problem with the effectivity of law enforcement. Shouldn’t PNoy focus more on this rather than “protect” his hobby?
I feel strongly about this issue because I believe that our logic as a people has been twisted wrongly. When I went to South Korea last March, we have spoken to a few locals who, when they learned that were from the Philippines, immediately described us as a people who carry guns. It was sad to learn that they have this perception that violence is pretty common here. Unlike (according to them) in Korea, the public cannot carry guns, only police officers and the army. *sigh*
Oh well, until we stop idolizing the US, I expect this gun-ban thing to be a myth. I could only hope that deranged people like Lanza, Breivik, Holmes, and the rest of the gang, will not turn up in this country. After all, we are a country of happy people, according to a certain survey.
God bless the Philippines.