Friday, January 10, 2014

Law Abiding Citizens Should Be Granted Easier Access To Firearms

The recent incident where a knife wielding home intruder was shot a killed by the owner who happened to have a licensed firearm highlights the urgent need for law abiding citizens to be granted legitimate access to firearms. In this regard state policy should be adjusted to immediately remove the bureaucracy in sourcing firearms for law abiding citizens. 

Undoubtedly, the current system which frustrates licensed firearm applicants ensures only the politically connected, the wealthy business class, criminals and on duty police officers can carry firearms. This scenario emboldens criminals because they know that law-abiding citizens are unarmed and powerless to defend themselves. Consequently the majority of Trinbagonians are potential victims.

Indeed, the police service should not have monopoly over your personal safety and security, rather the individual should also be able to credibly ensure their individual safety. Everyone can admit that monopolies inextricably leads to consumer abuse, low quality and high costs, yet this is exactly the fate of the T&T population.

In addition, when considering the best way to ensure personal and family security simply observe what the persons with the most power, money and autonomy do to protect and safeguard themselves. They enlist the services of armed guards to protect them or they use their financial or political clout to acquire firearm licenses. For these same reasons banks, police stations, military establishments and the homes of society's elite are spared the full brunt of criminal intrusion. 

Criminals logically deduce that there is a higher likelihood that entering an armed location could lead to their catastrophic demise. Accordingly, if 25% of North Valsayn households for example were armed this would deter criminals as they would know there would be a 1 in 4 chance they could be fatally wounded. 

Therein lies a necessary element of T&T's crime plan -citizens constantly cowering in fear as professional victims is not an option.


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