PREVENTION IS BEST APPROACH IN FIGHTING CRIMINALITY
The primary interest is the protection of the overwhelming number of vulnerable sector who are generally gunless.
Gun used in crimes include registered private guns, government firearm, and unregistered guns. Perpetrators of crimes are sometimes identified and sometimes it's John/Jane Doe. Gun-aided crimes are committed by people who have access to guns. The five kinds of persons who commit gun-aided crimes are police, military, private armies, hired criminals, licensed gun holders, unlicensed gun holders, accidental gun-holders.
To improve the government's effectiveness in reducing gun-aided crimes, concentration must be on PREVENTIVE MEASURES. As much as possible, we will use existing laws instead of creating new ones to avoid delay. In this connection, we will identify lapses in the implementation of existing laws and strainghten it out -- TUWID NA LANDAS. Approach towards prevention will use the following strategies:
1. TIGHT IMPLEMENTATION OF LICENSING PAPERWORK - "high-risk" individuals should not be given a permit to possess a gun. We should remove the irregularities in the permit application process. The PNP/Military will have to pass the same filtering tests that is applied to private persons.
2. TIGHT IMPLEMENTATION OF GUN-CARRY POLICY - No person should be carrying a gun in place/time they are not supposed to. Only law enforcers in uniform and on duty-hours should be allowed to carry firearm outside the residence.
3. EFFECTIVE CHECKPOINT SYSTEM - Checkpoint is the best way to prevent the movement of criminals. Unauthorized gun possessor in transit should be arrested once caught in the checkpoint. We already have perfected this in malls, we just have to expand it to other strategic location such as entry/exit points of residential areas, among others.
The implementation should apply to ALL.
ACCOUNTABILITY will also need to be implemented especially if the crime is gun-aided.
Eventualities of gun-aided crimes will be taken against the precinct of the Police, they will be held responsible for lapses of checkpoint operation if gun-possessing criminals reach the crime-site destination.
If the crime is committed by a Police/Military in uniform and on duty-hours, the designated commander will be responsible. So, officers will have to "manage" their subordinates well during duty-hours to avoid getting into trouble.
If the crime is committed by a person who is found to have irregularity in licensing paperwork, the PNP personnel who adjudicated the paperwork of the applicant will be held responsible for the lapses, plus all folders adjudicated by him in the past will have to be audited. Gun dealers should no longer be allowed to dip their finger in the paperwork process of persons who wants to get permit to legally possess a gun.
If the gun used is licensed and the crime is committed by a person other than the owner of the gun, the registered owner of the gun will be held accountable.
JEFF SNYDER: The possession of arms by the people is the ultimate warrant that government governs only with the consent of the governed. As the Founding Fathers knew well, a government that does not trust its honest, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens with the means of self-defense is not itself worthy of trust. Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant, of the people.
JOHN REMOLLO PETALCORIN: The governed compose both the people and the government system itself. Corrections within the government system is the only way to avoid correction from people outside the system. Only government guns must arrest the illness of government guns. To become equals in terms of strength, honest, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens agree to disarm themselves while they mix in a predatory social environment of mankind, and trusts each others faithfulness to select among themselves the trustworthy enforcer of this social agreement.
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