Gun-loving PNoy favors stricter gun laws
MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino is a known gun enthusiast and he admits he does not favor proposals for a total gun ban.
But he says he favors a law that will impose more sanctions on irresponsible gun owners.
"I think a lot of us will agree with the basic premise na 'yung outlaw will be one of the first or the first groups to say na 'Thank you, madi-disarmahan 'yung law-abiding citizen dahil mas madali na silang mabiktima.' So it sounds nice 'total gun ban' but the 'total' does not happen because the outlaw will not. So we will not stop in our pursuit of all of these people who are outside of the law and get them to the bars of justice."
Aquino also will not drop target shooting as his hobby.
He says he has the right to self-defense, pointing out that he had been a victim of gun violence during the 1987 coup against his mother's administration.
"Both my church and the law recognize my right to self-defense. Self-defense is a skill and it is a skill that has to be practiced to have any value. Ulitin ko lang, magandang headline, "total gun ban." Pero kneejerk reaction e. Hindi ko ugaling mambola. Maghanap tayo ng paraan na talagang maso-solve 'yung isyu at hindi nagpapa-cute lang," he said.
ANC The Bureau, January 9, 2013