The clamor for a gunless society was hyped up after the death of Stephanie Nicole Ella, the 7-year old stray bullet victim from Caloocan City. Surely, we don’t want another Stephanie Ella for 2014 but will a gunless society solve the problem?
First and foremost, the problem is we have unrecorded or unlicensed firearms or the so called loose firearms. It is no guarantee that licensed gun owners won’t do a similar act of indiscriminate firing like their unlicensed counterpart but the risk is greater for the unlicensed gun owners to do a crime simply because authorities would find it harder to track them. We have laws and penalties about illegal possession of firearms but it’s hard to know if a household possesses illegal firearms unless the authorities search for it.
The gunless society program won’t have a hard time tracking down licensed gun owners to confiscate their guns but what about the unlicensed gun owners? How can we be assured that everybody is playing fair in this game? Unlicensed gun owners are composed of maybe your next-door neighbour who wants to keep a gun in his house for security reasons, leftist and/or terrorist groups, robbers, hold-uppers, snatchers etc. What a great challenge to track down these people and tell them to surrender their weapons!
Do I want a gunless society? Absolutely! But I can only support the system if the main players will play it fair. Go after the owners of the loose firearms first before taking the next step of totally banning the use of gun in this country.