Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
I think Helen Keller is romanticising!
Has she not heard that heaven helps those who help themselves?
So, since we can’t avoid danger, let us confront it, but be equipped to do so.
I recently ran into a headline Czech Government Tells Its Citizens How To Fight Terrorists: Shoot Them Yourselves
While it is an old report and not a done deal as at the time that report was made and later reported as factually incorrect, the headline resonated with me.
I once wrote the articles The Gun You Don’t Have Can Kill You and Violence Suppresses Violence where I discussed about protecting yourself from hoodlums whose only ace is their possession of firearms. In those articles, I asked what law-abiding citizens can do to protect themselves from criminals who brandish guns to cause mayhem and intimidate folks into parting with their belongings..
Terrorism / criminality has attained a worrisome dimension in Nigeria where herdsmen, terrorists, and other hoodlums unleash mayhem with reckless abandon -principally because they have possession of guns and bombs, and other tools of violent coversion and capitalise on the natural inclination of the human being to preserve his life.
There is the recent (unverified?) news that the Federal Government of Nigeriahas has outlawed or revoked the gun licences of ordinary citizens and left the use of guns to the police and other uniformed agencies of government, only.
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Like I said in one of those articles mentioned above, when we make laws like this, we seem to assume that those who deploy firearms illegally obtain them legally.
Obviously, that is not so-therefore focusing on legal gun channels is not going to solve any problem because guns used for illegal activities are also illegally procured.
Law-abiding citizens who procure guns for their personal protection can no longer do so, and will have to rely on the overstretched security agencies to do that. Doesn’t this abrogatoon make it even easier for criminals who brandish firearms illegally to operate with reduced hindrance?
So my septuagenarian banker brother who got his gun legally and had a license in the late 80s has to hand over the gun to government or what exactly? Where does that leave him if a couple of hoodlums take it into their head to kidnap him for a few millions which he doesn’t have? Will this revocation of licence apply to our lawmakers, governors, commissioners, etc?
In a situation or country where your safety is basically in your own hands, how do you address the problem of personal safety of yourself and loved ones? how do you prevent yourself from being kidnapped by future leaders brandishing guns?
At government level, it is clear that the security agencies alone cannot cope with the level of criminality ghost by the worsening economic situation in the country. What then can government do in the long and short term to ensure that people are safe
The recent situation of a major highway like the Abuja-Kaduna expressway being taken over by kidnappers is something that could be replicated almost anywhere and the security agencies will simply be spread too thin to quickly counteract it.
Since we already help ourselves – as citizens in the provision of basic amenities like electricity water healthcare, why does government believe that security should be primarily in the hands of government agents like soldiers and the police ?
In addition to state- and also community- policing I believe an expansion on gun ownership will bring down crime drastically because the edge would have been matched, and taken away from these hoodlums.
This insanity must stop and a gun for a gun would make us all sane.