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Every time a big shooting incident takes place, licensed gun owners become the scourge of society in the eyes of the public.

The public, especially antigun advocates, does not discriminate between responsible law-abiding citizens, who own guns, and criminals.

Imposing a total gun ban is like burning a house to get rid of the rats inside.

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Yes, some licensed gun owners are irresponsible.

The barangay watchman who fired his gun in the air on New Year’s Eve in Caloocan City, whose bullet might have killed 7-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella; and that wannabe barangay chairman in Kawit, Cavite province, who shot eight people dead and wounded 12 others in a  rampage, were licensed gun owners.

But why blame all licensed gun owners for the sins of the very few irresponsible ones, and criminals who carry unlicensed guns?

Again, pardon me for citing another metaphor: It’s like calling for the abolition of the Philippine National Police (PNP) because some of its members are abusive.

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The public, especially the antigun advocates, misses the whole point: A gun does not kill, the person holding it does.

A knife, bolo or piece of wood could be lethal in the hands of a criminal.

Any other weapon for that matter—a blackjack stick, the hand of a karate expert, pepper spray, a rock—could become lethal in the wrong hands.

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The solution to killings with the use of firearms is not to totally ban guns, but for the PNP’s firearms and explosives division (FED) to be very discriminating in issuing licenses to firearms applicants.

It should have all applicants undergo neuro-psychiatric and drug tests.

Ronald Bae, who shot and killed eight people and wounded 12 others in Kawit, Cavite, last week was reportedly a drug user.

Either Bae paid his way through the FED so he would not be examined for drugs, or the FED is not strict with its neuro-psychiatric and drug tests.

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I don’t blame Pilar “Peluchi” Oringo for defending Davao Oriental Gov. Cora Malanyaon in the Inquirer’s letters to the editor page on Saturday.

Oringo, Malanyaon and my sisters Wanda and Tuchi were college instructors at the Ateneo de Davao University in the 1980s.

Oringo, Malanyaon and my sisters were very close friends until I identified Malanyaon as one of the alleged illegal loggers in the mountains of Baganga and Cateel towns recently.

If not for Supertyphoon “Pablo,” the continuing rape of the forests in those towns by Malanyaon and her alleged cohorts, Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang and her brother, Cateel Mayor Camilo Nunez, would not have been exposed.

The floods spawned by Pablo sent thousands of logs crashing into the swollen rivers and rampaged through the two towns bulldozing bridges and houses in the path of the raging floodwaters.

Thousands of people were killed as a result.

I can understand Peluchi Oringo’s feelings towards her beleaguered friend.

But I can’t understand why a former Ateneo teacher, who’s supposed to be “a (man) woman for others” (Ateneo motto), would be apathetic to the thousands of calamity victims in the two towns who suffered because of the misdeed.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FPVUYCML46QCAJM5N2O4GNID24 tony

    because pinoys only condemn crimes and corruption when the culprits are not known and/or not related to them, otherwise they turn a blind eye to aforementioned crimes.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EAUJFSZPGZQJZ6NUMMY7XAN5RQ Jose

      The Pinoy country is going to the dogs,,,,,,,what a way to go,,,,,,,/////////

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    I’ve to agree with Mr. Tulfo on this one.  Licensed gun owners have to go through the process.  Usually, they’re more careful using their guns because they’re licensed and could easily be traced.  The target should be on the unlicensed ones and loose firearms.

    A proposal is made to allow citizens to possess guns for home defense but not to carry guns outside of residence.  But what about those rich and influential citizens including Tsinoys who are able to obtain Mission Orders from intelligence groups like ISAFP?  The NBI confidential agents for a fee? 

    I’m not surprised why Mr. Tulfo is defending gun ownership because he too owns several high powered weapons.

  • ConstructiveMediaCritics

    IN A PEACEFUL SOCIETY THERE IS NO GUN NEED BY ANYONE ONLY THE ENFORCERS MUST HAVE……

    IN OUR SOCIETY AND OTHER COUNTRIES WHO HAS MANY ABUSERS AND CRIMINALS AND VERY NOTORIOUS, PEOPLE HAS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES WITH LICENSE GUNS BUT IT COMES OUT IN CRIMINALITIES ALSO BY SOME IRRESPONSIBLE GUN-OWNERS……..
     
    WHAT IS THE BEST TO ADHERE, STILL NO GUNS AND GUN FREE SOCIETY FOR PEACEFUL SOCIETY……….

    THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE SAID THERE MUST BE PSYCHIATRIC EXAM BUT EVERYDAY YOU CANT COUNT ON THAT A PERSON IS SANE OR NORMAL, A PERSON CAN BECOME PSYCHO OR PARANOID ANYTIME THAT COULD USE THEIR GUN TO KILL SO GUN OWNING IS NOT TOLERABLE OR IT MUST NOT ADVOCATE….

    ALL WE NEED IS EFFICIENT AND GOOD AND HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATES ENFORCERS AND GOOD GOVERNMENT THAT WE HAVE TO LEAN FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR LIFE IN TERMS OF CRIMINALITIES IN PRACTICAL BUT STILL OUR GOD CARES AND PROTECTION IN OUR LIFE…….AND THE PEOPLE JUST NEED A CELLPHONE TO CALL FOR A HELP TO A POLICE RESPONDENTS IN ANY ABUSES OR CRIMES OCCURRENCES…….

    DAPAT ITO ANG MAGANDANG MAGIGING QUOTE NG TAO “SAFE KAMI SA CRIMINALITES NAKASANDAL YATA!! KAMI SA GOBYERNO!!!!” PERO MUKHANG PANAGINIP LANG YATA YAN DAHIL MAJORITY SA GOBYERNO ABUSADO PERO SANAY KAYANIN NG ATING GOBYERNO…AT KUNG TITIRAHIN KA PATAYIN O LIKIDAHIN O LOOBAN O I-ROBBERY KAHIT ME BARIL KA WALA KA RING MAGAGAWA SA ORGANIZED CRIMES, ISIPIN NYO DAMING MGA ME FULL GUARDED NA INSTITUTION NALOLOBAN PA O ME NALILIKIDA PANG TAO O OPISYAL NG GOBYERNO ….. SA HARAPANG AWAY KA LANG MAKAKAPITLAG DYAN SA GUN PISTOL NA INIISSUE-HAN NG GOBYERNO NG LICENSE AT KUNG PARA DIYAN ANG PROTEKSIYON MO AY MAGREKLAMO KA NA LANG SA PULIS AT IWASAN MO SILA….

    THE GUNS LICENSE IS NEED ONLY BY THE ENFORCERS AND GUARDS, BODYGUARDS, GOV’T OFFICIALS, AND PERSON HAVING A PROGRAM FIGHTING CRIMINALITIES NOT BY THE SIMPLE PEOPLE CAN AFFORD IT OR EVEN RICH WHO CAN AFFORD IT MUCH…

    IN HANDLING GUN YOU NEED TO BE TRAINED AND NORMAL LIKE A GOOD ENFORCERS…

    JUST PROTECT AND PROMOTE HUMAN RIGHTS AND GOOD GOVERNANCE IT IS THE BEST AND PEACEFUL SOCIETY IN PROMOTION AND EDUCATIONS…….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

       You don’t need to write in caps.  It’s rude.

    • Facilitator1

      You quoted, “IN HANDLING GUN YOU NEED TO BE TRAINED AND NORMAL LIKE A GOOD ENFORCERS…” But how do you define NORMAL? Your previous point was, “EVERYDAY YOU CANT COUNT ON THAT A PERSON IS SANE OR NORMAL, A PERSON CAN BECOME PSYCHO OR PARANOID ANYTIME THAT COULD USE THEIR GUN TO KILL…”. You’re basically contradicting your ideas.  

      IMHO: it’s very hard to determine, if and when, a SANE person goes CRAZY or BALLISTIC.  The only possible solution to this wide-spread GUN VIOLENCE that is griping our nation is ALL violators MUST be automatically imprisoned for 10 years (without BAIL) and all their assets (cash and /or real properties) confiscated if DRUG USAGE (either user or pusher) is confirmed. And to discourage FRAUDULENT INCRIMINATION (frame-up) by authorities, the punishment is double the punishment for UNLAWFUL GUN POSSESSION and automatic termination from service without benefits. DETERRENT is the KEY…

      PINOYS (at least the majority) will follow/obey the LAW if the punishment is severe enough and be equally applied. Tignan mo sa ibang bansa, mga PINOYS are known for being hardworking and law-abiding people. Katunayan, pati basura nila sa basurahan tinatapon pero pag umuwi sa bansa–BACK to being delinquents….ay loleng…PEACE

  • Ping Gonzales

    MON WE EXPECT THAT YOU MAKE COMMENTS REGARDING THE SHOOTING AND KILLING OF 13 PEOPLE IN QUEZON ANO TALAGA ANG ESTORYA NITO MAYBE IKAW NA YONG MAKAPALIMANAG SA AMIN KAY SA DAL NG DADAL ANG MGA AUTHORIDAD AT MGA  NASAWI NA PALAGAY KO HINDI CONVINCING ANO NGA BA MON PLS IPALINIWANG MO NGA SA AMIN ANG REAL STORRY THANK YOU

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JCB4WTDPAGTDITCBVCKVJ34ESM Edgar

     ”The public, especially the antigun advocates, misses the whole point: A gun does not kill, the person holding it does.

    A knife, bolo or piece of wood could be lethal in the hands of a criminal.

    Any other weapon for that matter—a blackjack stick, the hand of a
    karate expert, pepper spray, a rock—could become lethal in the wrong
    hands.” – YOU ARE THE ONE WHO MISSES THE WHOLE POINT, DO YOU THINK ANYBODY WITH ANY OTHER WEAPONS YOU MENTIONED CAN KILL THOSE NUMBER OF PEOPLE, EVEN IF THE PERSON IS OUT OF THEIR RIGHT MIND OR THINKING?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWS5555HSDDFIVPBZEC2QPBOGM Nelson

      Edgar, you are the one who misses the point. How many people can a knife, a bolo, or a piece of wood kill in a minute? Now compare that to a rapid fire assault gun. Which is more lethal?

      Edgar, a little learning is a dangerous thing. If you live in America, you would understand better. It is my polite way of telling you, “Edgar you don’t know what you are talking about!”
      You’re just like Tulfo, all bark no brains!

      • Facilitator1

        Permit me to answer your questions. 

        1) How many people can a knife, a bolo, or a piece of wood kill in a minute? 
        ANSWER: It depends. It all boils down to the determination, psyche, and the skill of the would-be killer. NOTE: A trained, crazed killer can inflict serious bodily damage by using the aforementioned inanimate objects without batting an eye. 

        2) Rapid fire assault gun. Which is more lethal? Same response. NOTE: Numerous times, TV networks and newspapers showed/featured PNP personnel shameful and pitiful GUN HANDLING/SHOOTING skills questioning their abilities/skills to adequately protect the public and not to mention, themselves. Ergo, even with an assault rifle and large capacity magazines–a poorly trained, nincompoop person won’t probably hit their intended target even if they wanted to.

        Residing and /or living in USA has nothing to do or connection to “understand better” the dire strait of our country as you implied.  We need all (populace and gov’t leaders) to unite to minimize/prevent a repeat of this unfortunate incident.  

        GUN CONTROL is definitely not the answer because you won’t expect the CRIMINALS to abide/follow the LAW and oh by the way, don’t forget our active, armed insurgencies not only in LUZON but also, in MINDANAO and VISAYAS. How about some our government officials (either elected or not, local or national) who are RICH enough to afford their OWN private armies. Do you expect them to comply? 

        If all these aforementioned individuals and groups will comply religiously and /or act in good faith to a NATIONAL GUN CONTROL LAW, then by all means, BAN ALL FIREARMS. But not until then that I’ll agree to your supposition…PEACE

        BTW: I’m NOT a GUN OWNER. I’m also a victim of a ‘riding in tandem” gang and nearly got killed by them (they pointed a gun at my head at closed range but fortunately, they changed their minds and left after they got what they wanted from me). I’m really thankful to God that He spared my life and gave me a second chance to live. Personally, I want ALL GUNS to be banned but I also know the criminals won’t surrender the TOOLS of their trade.

  • anu12345

    Give a gun to a simple responsible person. Then put him in some authoritative position (like police). Or give him some liquor and/or drugs. Or just simply antagonize and make him mad at you.

  • LabkoPinas

    I agree with Mr. Tulfo.A lot of gun owners are responsible gun owners and users. I have owned and handled guns since I was a young kid of ten years old. I have shot deer, hogs and never have I shot at anyone despite the fact that my grandparents where killed by bandits. I am now sixty two and still own guns and carry them. Does this mean I too am a criminal? That is why I will live and die a gun owner and a responsible one at that.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      You’re still a criminal for killing deer and hogs.

      • LabkoPinas

        We are hunters and love to hunt.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWS5555HSDDFIVPBZEC2QPBOGM Nelson

      Ang galing mo naman, Labko, 10 years old ka lang may baril ka na! Bakit ka naman binigyan ng parents mo ng baril? Do you think, really really think, that it is sound for parents to give their 10-year old child a gun? My, what great parents you have! Pardon me, no offense meant, I think your parents are a little bit crazy!

      Would you advise all parents to also give their 10-year old kids gun you had? Crazy! Kahit the NRA will not approve of that!

      • LabkoPinas

        My parents are not a bit crazy and in fact my father lost his father, mother and brother to bandits in their farm early in life. That is why we are trained early to protect our families from bad guys. We refuse to allow bad people with guns to destroy our lives again. You are the one who is stupid when you trust a weak government and a corrupt police force to protect you. I hope you do not learn your lesson the hard way as we did.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/3Y7K2Z7CIRGL3AEE4DVJL52RVQ Yup

        LabkoPinas is a responsible, manly guy with awesome parents/grandparents.
        Nelson is the opposite.

        “As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives [only] moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion to your walks.”– Thomas Jefferson, writing to his teenaged nephew.

  • Rovingmoron

    Mr. Tulfo, have you read what the intelligence officials in Camp Aguinaldo said. An Isafp official claimed that his office doesn’t issue ID’s to its agents. And he disowned reports that the two military intelligence agents killed in the Atimonan shootout were fakes. Perhaps, you can share your experience with at least three Isafp agents allegedly sent by Mr. Mike Arroyo to conduct surveillance against you. When they were arrested by the Station 9 mobile patrol units, did they show any ID’s during the investigation? How did you know that they from Isafp, Mr. Tulfo.?

  • Marcos5

    Go to Israel or Sweden everybody is packing.  They should concentrate in illegal drugs and total Ban on Mining and illegal logging. 

    The root of Evil is from Illegal Drugs (Shabu), Greed in Mining business and illegal logging. 

  • Peds Wang

    Mon,you used 2 metaphors that is an amazement to me….would you burn down a house because of rats,if they were dangerous and virus-ridden,then the answer is YES!……would you abolished the PNP bec of some abusive members?OF COURSE,specially when it becomes a habit.C’mon Mon,medyo pilit na ang pagdepensa mo sa Licensed Gun owners eh…….People with guns(even licensed ones) are more lethal and CAN DO A LOT OF DAMAGE IN A SHORT TIME SPAN compared to a person with a sword/knife/bolo…..that’s common sense… 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SKE4DWGPPM5JO6KV7VYHXDKIQM jun

    Mr Tulfo, The government should not impose a total gun ban, but instead, implement a stricter measures in allowing people to possess licensed firearm and also allow them to be given a permit to carry their gun outside their residence. A criminal will not dare to commit any illegal act if he sees that an armed person is just within his sight.
    Furthermore, PNP retirees will have no chance to protect themselves from people whom they encountered  during the time they were still in the police service especially members of a crime syndicate.

  • Carl2468

    May nakukuha siguro tong si Oringo kay Malanyaon!

  • Andre Mitchell

    What do you need the gun for anyway, Mr. Tulfo?

    Bakit naman sa Japan, mabibilang lang ang loose firearms.
    And in response to rising criminality, they even called for more stricter gun control.
    As a result – Gun Crimes in Japan – ALMOST NIL!!
    Pwede ka maglakad kahit saan kahit gabi, kahit may dalang pera.

    Ikaw naman, gusto mo pa status quo lang?
    Again, what do you need your guns for?
    Nakakatulong ba talaga?
    Or part of the problem ka rin?

    • kevv33

      Dito sa New Zealand at Australia ganun din, total ban sa dangerous firearms’ pati pulis bawal din mag-dala ng gun except kung may dangerous criminal on the loose.

    • http://twitter.com/soulassassin547 soul.assassin

      Noon pang 1945 may gun/weapons restriction ang Japan dahil sa occupation ng Allies, at ipinagpatuloy pa hanggang ngayon. Ipagsama mo pa ang matagal na sariling self-discipline na nakaukit na sa kulturang Hapones. Kaya wag magtaka na safe ka lagi sa Tokyo.

      Pero sa disiplina mahirap gawing Tokyo, Singapore o Tel Aviv ang mundo dahil di tayo pare-parehas.

      OBTW, kahit sa Japan hindi maiwasan na magkaroon ng huromentado, tulad nang isang kaso noon na nangyari sa Akihabara (Tokyo).

  • Don Dee

    Lisensyado ang 45 ng mga ugok na nagpaputok sa Caloocan. Yung naharumentado sa Cavite, may lisensya ang mga ibang baril nya (although hindi lahat). Enough of this BS na kapag nakakuha ng lisensya ay “responsible” gun owner na.

  • Manolo Villareal

    If one has a licensed gun, it does not mean he is a responsible gun owner. Today’s issue of Cebu’s local newspaper reports that the son of the governor owns 7 licensed gun.  He is 7 times responsible? Both, the license agency and licensee are irresponsible.  Gun possession rouses person’s arrogance.  The gun was invented not for the intention to defend but to kill.  Tulfo could be an exception along with few others. But for a figure of 1.2M licensed and 600th unlicensed guns out in the country, one out of ten households is keeping a gun.  What for?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Self-serving article dahil may baril ka MangTulfo.
    Example, sa Singapore bawal ang baril sa private citizens may ganito ba na nangyayari? Kapag may nahuhuling littering pinagmumulta talaga at kung hindi kayang magbayad ng multa kalaboso at community service. Sa drugs trafficking at mere possesion bitay. Rape bitay. Misdemeanor palo ng yantok. Illegal possesion ng baril bitay.

    Sabihin mo na lang hindi kaya ng kapulisan at administration na ipatupad ang batas dahil sobra tigas ang ulo ng pinoy. Ni tamang pagtapon ng basura hindi marunung ang pinoy e.
    Oppss hindi ko sinabi na matigas ang ulo mo.

    • http://twitter.com/soulassassin547 soul.assassin

      Maliit ang Singapore, highly-educated pa’t mayaman, kaya madaling ipatupad ang kanilang mga striktong batas sa Fine City na iyan.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

        May political will.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    i agree sir re-gun topic.
    re-logging @davao or/comval- remember consoidated plywood? north camarines lumber?  valderrama & sons? ls sarmiento?asa na man sila sir? nakatabang ba ni mga #$%#$% sir?

  • Komen To

    “Imposing a total gun ban is like burning a house to get rid of the rats inside.” You might have hit the bullseye Mon. Why not burn the House to get rid of, not rats but crocodiles inside.

    This total gun ban is very idealistic. But if the government can disarm all bandits, private armies, holduppers, kidnappers, rebels, snatchers, riding in tandem, erring cops and military, etc, then it becomes possible. Else, private citizens will arm themselves because the police can’t protect them.

    In Israel and Switzerland, almost everybody has a gun, yet the crime rate is low because criminals are afraid that their targets are also armed.

  • kabasalan

    O nga naman nong tulfo. gun ban lahat dapat. and i mean every individual including you. ngayon kung gustong gamitin sa sports dapat lahat ng baril naka lock sa shooting facility at yng custodian lang ang may hawak ng susi.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

    Problem: Guns on the hands of morons.

    Solution by gun-less society: total gun ban.

    Solution by licensed gun owners/enthusiasts: ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1634501713 Tony Stark

      How about we launch programs that will encourage unregistered gun owners to register their guns. That way, the number of firearms that the police will have to go after will be reduced. We know criminals prefer to use these guns to go about their business.

      How about we start supporting our local gunsmiths by providing them with more opportunities to work in the legal side of the fence? That approach will help the economy and at the same time, further reduce the illegal guns being sold in the streets.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

        What reason can a person have if he does not want to register his gun?
        What kind of opportunity do you propose for our local gunsmith?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1634501713 Tony Stark

        There are two kinds of people who own unregistered guns:
        (A) Those who want to register their guns but cannot due to economic reasons and (B) the criminals who for obvious reasons will never use a gun that can be traced back to them.

        Please don’t confuse yourself when I talk of unregistered guns.
        I am not referring to guns that were sold over the counter. Those guns
        went through ballistic testing and are on database. Authorities can trace those guns. By unregistered guns, I am referring to the homemade ones.
        These guns are cheap, disposable and virtually untraceable making them attractive to criminals. Again, not all who own unregistered guns are bad elements. Majority are those who will register their guns if given amnesty.

        Opportunities for our local gunsmiths? There are plenty to mention but I choose to talk about how Brazil did it. The Brazilian government contracted Beretta to produce handguns exclusively for the Brazilian Police and Military. It was not without a catch. The contract required that to produce the handguns, Beretta will setup a factory in Brazil and will employ the locals. Again, there are many more ways to support our local gunsmiths. We have world-class gun makers at home:
        Amrscorp, Shooters, Ferfrans, Floro International Corp., United Defense Manufacturing Corportaion and many more. If our government wants to get rid or at least reduce the number of homemade guns being sold in the streets, they should help our local gunsmiths get employed in these local companies. How? Simple. Our government should purchase locally made firearms for our Military and Police instead of looking elsewhere.

    • boypalabobo

      You need to add a 4th line.  

      Solution when licensed owners/enthusiasts turn into drunks, drugs, morons?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RSTY5YV5WHH773Q2MICJTHNPXA Alec

    I agree that total gun ban is not practical, the gun is not the criminal but the owner of the gun..every individual has the right to own a gun..maramng stilo na pwedeng gamitin sa pagpatay hindi lang baril..this people who want the total gun ban is just making the drama big..syempre nga naman pogi points sa kanila yun dahil sasabihin nila ito ang tamang panahon para pagusapan ang kanilang drama..will you agree that a criminal has a gun and you doesn’t have any gun??? do you think that if the goverment will implement the total gun ban in Philippines, there will be no crime because of the gun??? Remember that a crime is not only done by criminal using a gun…or you wil say that at least it will be lessen..you don’t have a proof my dear, because some of the crimes are hidden in your visual eyes…and remember also that more of the crimes is done by the authorized goverment officials like the military and the police, just like what happen in the recent shootout in Quezon… 

  • el_latigo

    Put in another way, it can also be said that IF only some of Bae’s (adult) victims or one of their relatives have guns themselves, it is highly possible that  he could have been taken down by anyone of them before he could have killed all his 7 (or 8?) victims. It’s a big, big IF… I agree, it is people who kill people,  not guns or  kitchen knives or ice picks. People who have murderous tendencies will still  kill  using other instruments like your average kitchen utensils or even  stone strewn along the street, or a piece of a 2×2 wood or iron bar,  they don’t need to have  guns to do their dastard deeds.    

  • JiyoonMin

    Why not have the licensed gun owners have there muzzle sealed during 1 week before new year with there nearest police station that should be deterrent.

    Some people are just tuned to be killers even without a gun what with the proliferation of drugs. 
    Strict.

    What we need is quality law enforcer that it !

  • boypalabobo

    Tulfo writes:  ”Imposing a total gun ban is like burning a house to get rid of the rats inside.”
    If it will cause the extinction of rats SURE, why not???!!!!

    • antonioluna

      the first 4 letters of your username describes you well…

      • boypalabobo

        Guns have one true purpose.  KILL.

        Your 3-letter KKK icon says it all.  KILLER KILLER KILLER.

  • panhase

     I am sure that in the neighborhood of Roland Bean there are some gun owners. Yet he did kill 8 and wounded 12.
    Where is the proof that the ownership of guns prevents killings, as the owners of guns are always claiming? Not only in this case but in other cases as well?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1634501713 Tony Stark

    Disarming the potential victims of crimes will not magically convert
    these criminals into peace-worshiping monks! Criminals will always get
    their hands on guns no matter what Harry Potter sorcery you use. Banning
    guns will only make the gun industry exclusive to criminals. The way to
    stop a bad guy with a gun is to surround him with good guys with guns.
    That means we need more guns for the good guys. The bad guys can keep
    your magic wands!

    • Elmer L. Siena

      I agree with you, 1000% Mr. Tony, very well said!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IS6KI2U7EDZS6D2Q7MZ3Z6CAME Lila

    okay, then why not all guns be in custody by PNP then returned it later after new year or christmas?? that will serve it right

    all expired guns should be confiscated by PNP.. why are their many loose firearms? PNP cannot catch these guys? PNP have lots to do..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andy-de-Guzman/1496251472 Andy de Guzman

    How do you know that there are very few irresponsible gun owners? If 1000 gun ownres fired their guns upward, what is the probability that it will hit an innocent man? Maybe very nil. Now, how many were victims of shooting incident during the last new year? Too many. Can you still say that those irresponsible gun owners are few in number? or is it the other way around? Wake up Mr. Tulfo, try to be objective.

  • Mux

    Again, pardon me for citing another metaphor: It’s like calling for the
    abolition of the Philippine National Police (PNP) because some of its
    members are abusive.

    Correction Mr. Tulfo, it is not just “some ” of the PNP that is abusive. I would say ALL of the PNP is abusive. There is not one good cop! All of them are crooks. All of them! Any cop who claims he  is clean is a liar! I have not had any good encounters with Police.

    • http://twitter.com/soulassassin547 soul.assassin

      Then you live in fear, still not knowing that there are only a few cops you can count on. Which is worse, our country or a copless society where chaos reign? Imagine a world where someone like Bane who takes over with terror Gotham when he had all the cops trapped underground.

      • Mux

         I was merely reacting to Tulfo’s comment that only “some” cops are abusive when it is not merely “some”. I don’t know what the solution is.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G2UFL7BAIFFUU6TIW4FFAPTVV4 Ghost

    1. Cite me incidents of a responsible gun owner able to DEFEND himself with his gun.
    Ah there is one: sonny parson, that’s one…

    2. Cite me incidents where gun owners FAILED to protect themselves from hitmen who are not so fool enough to even wait for their victim to say “wait”. (Local politicians that being killed left and right just prior to election are, i assume, have guns, even bodyguards..)

    3. Cite me incidents where a gun owner used his gun to HARRASS and even KILL someone due to bad temper and just because he owns and carry a gun (dami nyan, ingat ka sa parking, or sa mga one-way streets)…

    4. And now cite me incidents where a licensed gun was used INDISCRIMINATELY resulting to death of innocent persons (we have two well-known incidents as this year starts. Bukod pa yung sa Amerika recently lang)

    5. How about deaths due to unintentional/accidental firing? (A toddler shooting his yaya comes to mind..)

    Tingnan natin ang statistics, then we decide what is good for the society.

    .

  • peon_observer

    naah, when all hell breaks loose, the one with the gun wins.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

    A ‘responsible man’ buys a gun and gets permit to carry.
    The same ‘responsible man’ tries to refuse the call of power he carries.
    The same ‘responsible man’ exposed to the ups and downs of life.
    Being just a man he is, the same ‘responsible man’ gave in to temptation.
    The same ‘responsible man’ used his gun ‘irresponsibly’.

    The result, an innocent human being was killed.

    Others cries for total gun ban while other gun owners tells everybody that it is not the GUN’s fault.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G2UFL7BAIFFUU6TIW4FFAPTVV4 Ghost

    Yes, hell broke loose last new year’s eve. The innocent kid loses, the one with the gun wins.
    Another hell broke loose in Kawit. Several innocent died. I cannot say if Bae won in this case, maybe he does, he got what he wanted.
    .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    Gasgas na cliche na yang  A gun does not kill, the person holding it does. Without guns as option, people with intention to inflict harm will think twice about hurting other people. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    If people are bent on inflicting harm to other people, at least make it hard for them to do so.

    • boypalabobo

      Even a 3 year old can pull a trigger and kill – so how hard can it really be?

  • Paliwaweng

    Mon, asking for gun-owners to be responsible is like asking for the moon. That is a fact. And what you said that some gun owners are irresponsible is not true.
    MOST of them are irresponsible.
    Check it for yourself when new year comes. Who among the gun owners will not fire their guns. Assign people to conduct a house-to-house check and make a documented evidence to prove that you are right.

    Your metaphor is comical.

    Have  you heard of people and children in public places and universities or in a barangay streets being massacred by one man in a matter of minutes with a bolo or knife or piece of wood?
    Nothing.
    Have  you heard of people or children being hit in the head every new year celebration in our country?
    Nothing.
    Bolos, wood or spears when thrown do not have the lethal effect and speed of a bullet.
    They can be deflected, avoided and people can ran away from them. Unlike bullets destructive properties where it is almost impossible. You can not see bullets coming to your head.

    The cure is stop issuing guns to civilians, just like in Israel.

    That would alsogive our police investigators easier time to identify anyone firing a gun.
     As civilians have no guns, only the police and the military men will be the prime suspects.

  • Your_King

    Why blame all the licensed gun owners? Or even the non-licensed gun owners? Says Aquino!! Everything is all good…if Aquino likes it then it is right.

  • Retsameht

    Fact: If you don’t have a gun in your hand, you can’t shoot anyone or anything.

    Accept the fact.

    Yes, it is true that any other weapon or object could be lethal in the wrong hands as mentioned by the author of this article..

    But a GUN could also be lethal even in the RIGHT hands..

    Total gun ban is the way to go…

    “AGREE” or disagree?

    • TEAM PNOY

      Agree!

  • boypalabobo

    Paki report sa pulis ang lahat ng kapit bahay ninyong nagpaputok ng baril.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fred-Mil/100002160424509 Fred Mil

    Headline: A karate expert went into a killing spree1111 He killed 12 people by hitting them with his karate chop before he karate chopped himself to death. 20 other people were injured as they were hit by the karate expert’s roundhouse kick and knife hand strikes. Police are investigating the incident!!!

    NA KALOG NA ATA UTAK MO NUNG BINUGBOG KA NI CLAUDINE!!!!!

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    A knife, bolo or piece of wood could be lethal in the hands of a criminal.

    Any other weapon for that matter—a blackjack stick, the hand of a
    karate expert, pepper spray, a rock—could become lethal in the wrong
    hands.

  • TEAM PNOY

    Responsible law abiding citizen ka Mon. Pero noong nabugbog ka sa airport, sabi mo maswerte sila claudine na naka checkin pa ang baril kung hindi ay naubos sila.

    Responsible gunowners cannot be 100% responsible all the time. A responsible gunowner in a temporary state of insanity can also kill people.

    Responsible gunowners in the Philippines are not that responsible enough to keep the firearm out of reach of other people, especially children. 

    Kumusta na ang backeye mo mon?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    Given your conduct at the airport, I somehow doubt that people like you should have guns.

    But in any case?  Even legal guns can be deadly: see the recent school shootings in the States.  Places like the UK aren’t perfect, but you at least don’t see incidents like that in places with gun bans.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3Y7K2Z7CIRGL3AEE4DVJL52RVQ Yup

    hmmm. comment awaiting approval. oh well, pro gun’s comments filtered out. anti gun comments halos lahat. very fair.

  • Guest

    Gun control is NOT crime control. It is citizen control. A criminal does not obey the law, a law-breaker. To the gun-control advocates illogical thinking, passing more laws will suddenly make a criminal follow the new laws and make him a good and moral law-abiding person.   Gun owners are NOT forcing the gun- control advocates to arm themselves. Yet, time and time again, gun-control advocates keep dictating to gun owners and demanding them to disarm. Gun-control advocates delusional belief that they, alone know what is good for society’s safety and everyone else objection to their tyrannical demand is irrelevant and invalid. Gun-control advocates sickness and irresponsible reliance on other for the protection of their lives, the lives of their love ones, and their properties, are proofs that they are the true criminal accessories. Police State is what the gun-control advocates really wants and yet they don’t realize it because of their hoplophobic narrow-mindedness. They are willing to entrust their safety to the heavily-armed police and the military as if these are guardian angels without any human weaknesses or subject to abuses and wrong-doings as the rest of the population by just wearing fancy uniform clothing. Ban all gun-control advocating tyrants.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ace.esguerra.33 Ace Esguerra

    I believe good media people like you mr tulfo should have guns but for ordinary people it should be limited… Canada has only like 165+ of fatalities through guns, while it’s neighboor the US has some kind of 11500+ fatalities… It’s because there are more gun owners in the US than in Canada… Obama sponsoring gun appreciation after the massacre is not unfathomable because he is a politician who needs to payback his sponsors… I hope your not thanking obama for the support though… Okay if your telling me that i’m biased let’s in Germany 381 is being killed each year, in France 255 killed, in Canada 165, in UK it’s 68+, in Austraillia 65, in Japan it’s 39.. You can’t say that these countries don’t participate in any war at all yet in the US people being killed by gun each year is 11,125+, Wow… It’s because US there’s no gun control there, if you want to have less gun control go to US…

  • martin cruz

    “The public, especially anti-gun advocates, does not discriminate between responsible law-abiding citizens, who own guns, and criminals.” – Mon Tulfo
    There is absolutely no such thing as responsible law-abiding citizens who own guns.  A law-abiding citizen who owns a gun must give up his gun if there is a law that calls for a total gun ban.  But Mr. Tulfo, who obviously is referring to himself as a law-abiding gun owner, is taking advantage of his journalistic fame to oppose the public outcry for a total gun ban.  
    The reasons or alibi of licensed gun owners is that they need the gun to protect themselves and their families and that it is their inalienable right to own guns for self-protection.  Now, such reason is selfish, unfounded and untrue.  Imagine if every Filipino will exercise his “inalienable right” to buy, possess and carry a gun!  This country, then, will be a virtual war zone!  Because it cannot be true that responsibility resides in gun ownership, meaning, the responsible gun owner will not fire his gun indiscriminately or use it in criminal activities.  The issue here is that the gun’s only purpose for existence is to kill.  And killing is an act that men do during that sudden moment   of darkness and disillusion where the decision to fire the gun is due to emotion like intense anger, long-harbored ill-feelings, mere suspicion of  being deceived by a trusted friend and even just the joy of killing induced by drug use.
    Mr. Tulfo and his fellow pro-gun advocates must open their eyes to the benefits that the nation, as a whole, shall derive out of a totally gunless civilian sector of our society and then compare it with their “responsible gun ownership” advocacy which really does not ensure the successful attainment of their selfish goal to defend themselves and their families from sudden aggression by irresponsible gun holders.  It also is not true that the President is simply fond of having guns and takes target shooting practice as a sport, although he just recently was crowned a champ in a tournament.  If Pnoy is really concerned and seeks to protect the lives of innocent Filipinos, he must be the first to give up his favorite sport activities as he did with the “wang-wang.”  After all, he has no need for the gun nor the proficiency for its use since he has the whole battalion of the PSG and the military and the police to protect him even in his sleep.
    The thinking of licensed gun owners is so abrupt. If the total gun ban is applied as a law, they shout for immediate results which they know is not possible.  This is why they say, ‘we cannot give up our guns because nobody will protect us and our families.”  But if there would be a real and no nonsense total gun ban, what is there to fear?  Do we need protection from gun attacks by the police and the military on civilians? 
    President Aquino, Mon Tulfo and all gun advocates should ponder and consider the sound reasons and better arguments being offered in the public proposition for a total gun ban. Let a fair and impartial survey be conducted of those who are and who re not for total gun ban; and as in the case of every democratic nation, the majority must prevail.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VNLEL6SV5GHRUCLB3WSZVOZCUA RockA

      Can’t we all just get along together in peace and harmony???  
      Pass the bong dude.
      The Philippines is not Japan.  Japanese solutions will not work here.
      Next you will be asking that PNP model the British Bobbie and be unarmed.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VNLEL6SV5GHRUCLB3WSZVOZCUA RockA

      It’s a selfish desire to want to defend yourself (and your family)?  Nonsense.  Criminals will always have weapons.  They need an advantage.  I would suggest that you put out a banner outside your home declaring that your home has no weapons.  Interesting to see what happens next.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIPSCQM2TZQUMQ5GEIMWMWDFL4 Edward Solilap

      @Martin Cruz I’m hoping that those criminals out there… budolbudol gang, carnaper, hold up gang etc. would listen to your wishes and we would live in peace.

  • jinx

    Tama si Mon….mamaya, mga holdupper at kriminal lang me baril o balisong. Mabuti na yang merong something maipagtanggol mo sarili sa mga masasamang loob diyan na dumarami at makapanabla ka man lang.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Matanong ko nga kay Pareng Mon kung natatandaan niya noong minsan hinuli ang convoy niya ng Pulis Trapiko dahil sa paglabag sa batas ng Trapik.  Bumaba sa kotse ang mga body guards mo di ba at ang hawak ang matataas na armas.  Balitang mga Marines pa nga.  Nadiaryo iyan pero bigla na lang pinatay ang balita siguro dahil na rin sa koneksiyon mo sa media.

  • Truthforall100

    We need a summit to weigh in on the gun issue. We need a direction that the majority can or will support.

    The issue on the letter sender defending Malanyaon, the Davao Oriental governor who was accused/ is rumored to have been the brains, along with other top politicians, of logging in her province – this now is clear to us, she is just defending Malanyaon as a friend (with benefits?), but Malanyaon still has to answer the accusatios/rumors. Her silence is deafening – choosing instead to issue motherhood statements:

    —————————————————————————————————————————-
    “This is not the time for blaming everyone.
    This is the time to inspire everyone and to do what is supposed to be
    done. This is not the time to incite people to indignation, instead we
    need to inspire people to take positive action. This is not the time to
    be selfish and insensitive and pursue personal agenda but the time to
    forget ourselves and empathize with those who suffered from the
    devastation. For the victims, it’s not
    time to be angry because everyone is hungry. We need to work together
    and put our acts together. Everything may not be perfect but together we
    can build on these imperfections. In the face of this strife, I appeal
    to the people of Davao Oriental for unity and sobriety,” In a speech delivered by Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon, Dec. 14, 2012
    —————————————————————————————————————————-

    If only those centuries-old trees could talk!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IKUYU3WF2QAFOVUPFU4O7II3VY Eric

    A total gun ban is not the solution because there are not enough police officers to protect us, the response time in kawit cavite was 30 mins to 1 hour thats why a lot of people got killed. The police also lack proper training in investigating crimes. If a responsible gun owner was present during that time the casualty would not be so high. Criminals target gun free zones because it is safe for them, a perfect example is Makati Cinema Square, has there been a shoot out there? It is a mall with more than a dozen gun stores and 2 shooting ranges, it is a lot safer compared to SM and Robinsons which has several incidents of shootouts. SM and Robinsons are not friendly to PTC holders.

  • Emerson Yu

    Most of those who carry guns does it for self defense, against those who also carry guns. If we remove the threat of guns in our society there will be no need to carry firearms in self defense. Gun ban does not solve the issue if we can not control the sale of loose firearms. As long as we have guns other people will also carry guns to level the playing field.   



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