GUN BAN IN THE PHILIPPINES
“Never Forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anybody has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn't allow him to do if you were equipped to prevent it. This goes for burglars, muggers, and rapists, and even more so for policemen, bureaucrats, and politicians.” — Alexander Hope. Gun ban has always been an issue here in our country and certain groups have been arguing about what should be the decision over the said issue. The PROGUN (Peaceful Responsible Owners of Guns) who claim that guns should not be banned because self-defence is a natural right; it is one of the most basic rights accorded to a human being and it must not be taken away from law abiding citizens. Gunless Society believes that guns are the main cause of the gradual increase in crime rates and thus should be banned immediately. Are guns really the main cause of killing? Will the gun ban policy have the potential to decrease the crime rate? So many questions that can be affiliated with the gun ban, but what should be the real decision for it? Should it be implemented to prevent gun-related crimes or should it not be banned which can make crimes increase due to the knowledge of the criminals about the gunless law abiding citizens which makes them unsafe and easier to be oppressed.
The gun ban has always been an issue in our country. The first argument of the pros is guns are the reason why crime rates are high (e.g., hold-up, robbery, gun for hire groups, hostage) and should be eradicated to attain peace and order because according to a news, the Philippine National Police (PNP) claimed that during the gun ban in 2010 elections, 70 % of the crime rate decreased. This only shows that gun ban is an effective means of decreasing gun-related crimes. .
On the other hand, the opponents of the gun ban states that if it is to be implemented, it will only increase crime...
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