Bishops back calls for total gun ban

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Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma. Photo from http://www.cbcponline.net/

MANILA, Philippines – Catholic bishops on Saturday threw their weight behind proposals to impose a total gun ban in the country after an apparently disturbed man went on a shooting rampage in Kawit, Cavite and killed eight persons and wounded 9 others.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said the government should consider the proposal to ensure the safety of unarmed Filipinos.

“Maybe it’s for the government to study. There may be some people who may be allowed in some circumstances [to carry guns] but in general the spirit [of the proposal] is good,” Palma said in an interview.

“We have to consider what the others say when they claim the right to protect themselves [but] as I said, in principle, the gun ban is in the spirit of peace and protection, especially of the innocent,” he added.

Palma said the government should be strict in giving individuals licenses to carry guns and crack down on loose firearms.

“The government knows that. They are even making every effort to make the licensing of guns more strict and to ensure that people whoa re allowed to use guns are indeed psychologically or emotionally reliable or safe,” he said.

“As of now, I know we know the rules but usually it’s just a question of implementation,” he added.

Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes said that the bishops were “saddened” by the tragedy in Cavite, where former barangay councilman Ronald Bae shot 15 persons, including a pregnant woman.

“We are saddened because this happened. We thought these things happen only in US. Now, it’s starting to happen here. Although we had before people who run amok, we hope it wil not be repeated that often. Let us pray that these things will not happen again,” Reyes said.

“There should be more control about guns. I’m not an expert about safety but at least there must be more control about guns,” he added.

Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros said he supported a total gun ban because it was in line with the Church’s “pro-life” position.

“We support the total gun ban. We proclaim the gospel of life versus the culture of death,” he said.

Caloocan bishop Deogracia Iniguez said he was also in favor of a total gun ban and not just during elections.

“I’m in favor of the gun ban. Only the police and the military may carry guns, but they should also be regulated,” Iniguez said.

Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes and Lipa Archbishop Ramon Argulles also said that they supported a total gun ban.

“What we should support and campaign for is the responsible and moral use of guns. That covers both legally and illegally acquired guns,” said Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, a former CBCP president.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    This time i will give my full support on what the Church said for calling TOTAL GUN BAN! Because this is what i know about what is right and wrong! Besides,it will already contradict God´s commandment as “Thou shall not kill” by doing nothing!

  • AtheistAko

    Pustahan tayo, mag po post na naman yang EDGARDO MENDOZA na yan dito.

    At si CARNIVAL TAGLE na naman ang pag iinitan ng hayop na yan!

    • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

      He already did, you’re late.

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    Total gun ban?
    Paano kung pinasok tayo ng mga kalaban at wala isa mang pribado na marunong humawak ng baril? Paano tayo kung may giyera? Baka pati yung mga balbas sarado nanginginig pag nakakita ng baril!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

       hello? ah? eh? uh?

  • Diepor

    If the pope can have a private army why can’t we?

  • 100345roselia

    I am in favor of “Total Gun Ban” throughout the Philippines the whole year round.  Only the AFP & PNP personnel – who are in active service – should be authorized to carry firearms provided they are authorized & in complete uniform.  Mr. President, this is one rare opportunity where you can demonstrate your “leadership by example” which is aligned with your “matuwid na daan.”

  • mangtom

    This is the first time in a long time that these cone heads make statements that make sense. They mentioned only the death of the massacre victims in Cavite,  but no mention of the death caused by wayward bullets, specially that of little girl Ella. Bakit kaya? This sad story had wide news coverage on TV.

    Sabi din nitong mga nakasaya ng puti that this stand on gun ban is in line with their pro-life advocacy, Oo nga naman. Others like us are anti-life, sila lang ang BIDA. Tanong lang po and pag-gagahasa ba ng kababaihan at sodomy ng mga sakristan ay hindi pro-life? Yes, it is pro-life in the sense that these animals ruin the lives of their victims for life. This is not coming from me. It comes from the mouth of the victims themselves. Ang nakakalungkot ay dito sa Pinas, these rapist and pedophilia priests get away with murder with the collusion of the cone heads who just move the culprits (pro-life po ba ya?) from one diocese to the other to avoid prosecution. Sa ibang bansa, the Catholic church pays the victims large sums of money to compensate them for their suffering pschological and physical.

  • marionics

    may kilala akong pare na shooter. baka mahirapan silang pagbawalan yun he he

  • mangtom

    marionicsCollapsemay kilala akong pare na shooter. baka mahirapan silang pagbawalan yun he heSagut at tanong: ang pang-shoot ba niya ay may dalawang bala na concealed between his legs? Ano ang targests niya-babae or lalaki or both?–ho-ho-ho!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    PARASITE KATOLIBAN CHURCH EXTREMIST TERRORIST!! B SHOPS!! MUKANG MONTERO BUWAYA!!

    • AtheistAko

      NAKALIMUTAN MO YATANG TIRAHIN SI CARNIVAL TAGLE.

      FRIENDS NA KAYO?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

        AYOKO NA SIYANG TIRAHIN NAG SIMBA AKO KAHAPON!! BUMILI PA NGA AKO NG REBULTO NI CALUNGSOD MADE IN CHINA!! LARUAN NG PAMANGKIN KO!! BAKIT DIYOS MO BA SIYA SA BAGAY MONSINYOR! ANG MAHAL NA HARI!! TAGLE GANDA NG SUOT NIYA ANG PALIGID MO PUNO NG BATANG HUBO!! PULUBI!! ALAGAD NGA SILA DILIM!! SILENT KILL JOY!! NAG PAPANGGAP!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004949048434 John Fisher

    Which will only ensure of course that the law abiding people of the Philippines will be unable to defend themselves against the predators of society who will always have access to firearms.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KAGQALWFZOQAN5GBU3TE3YTR4M Michele

    I would suggest your Excellency that you get the guns from the criminals first,  then we will talk.

  • Diepor

    It’s strange when people call themselves Pro-Life, and then they are Pro-Guns and Pro- Death penalty . Like many of the commenters here.

  • Your_King

    Ah remember when one of Aquino’s KKK boys Llamas was found in possession of illegal firearms? And nothing happened to him? Maybe a simple slap on the wrist and just a light slap. Yeah that’s what will happen to this call for a gun ban…nothing!

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    Bring back martial law, and then lift it after the loose firearms are confiscated.

  • disqusted0fu

    Total gun ban will be hard to achieve with the existence of the so called kaklase, kaibigan, kabarilan (kkk) group. Pnoy has to lead by example by giving up his gun collection. Then hopefully the rest of the kkks with guns will follow.

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