Philippine president rejects gun ban calls, believes in guns for self-defence
MANILA (AFP) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino insisted on Wednesday that civilians had the right to carry guns for self-defence, after a series of deadly shootings prompted calls for a total firearms ban.
"'Total gun ban' would be a nice headline, but a knee-jerk reaction. It's not in my nature to humour people. We should look for means to really solve the issue," Mr Aquino told reporters.
Some politicians, media groups and influential Catholic church leaders have led calls for stricter gun laws, or an outright ban on civilians owning them, after a series of shootings starting on New Year's Eve left 23 people dead.
Two children died from bullet wounds amid gunfire from revellers who were welcoming in the New Year by firing weapons, a traditional form of celebration in the Philippines.