Some people argue that self-defense is a most basic human rights. Anyone advocates for removing this ability is plain evil. Guns are the great equalizer allowing olds and women to defend themselves against a strong bad guy! In short, these people are saying that owning/carrying a gun is a right to defend oneself.
My response is simple. In public policy, we always want every person to enjoy his/her rights. If it is a RIGHT, then there should be no age bias, no place restriction, and no price restraint. Hindi pwedeng mayayaman lang ang pwedeng mag-dala ng baril, dapat lahat mabigyan ng RIGHT na sinasabi mo.
So that EVERYONE will enjoy that right to defend oneself, would you want public policies to evolve towards making gun ownership/carry affordable to EVERYONE? Would you like these policies below?
1. Reduce prices of guns through zero Tariff on importation of guns.
2. Zero fee for permit to own and carry.
3. No place restriction. You can carry your gun everywhere, especially in violence-prone areas like pub houses, movie houses, and discos, and public fiestas.
4. No restriction on manufacturing of home-made guns.
As you said, EVERYONE has RIGHTS to carry an gun because it is a RIGHT to DEFEND oneself.
Do you like this kind of society?
Some people argue that they carry a gun not because they want to shoot someone, but they merely want to die at a ripe old age in their bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon. They don’t carry a gun to make themselves feel like a man. They carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love. They don’t carry a gun to scare people. They carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
My response is simple. I understand their feelings. Each one also feels the same way. But the question is, do you want everyone else to carry a gun? I mean EVERYBODY!