Skip to comments.Medvedev upholds Russian arms ban after US school massacre
Posted on 12/18/2012 2:52:52 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has reiterated his stance against the legalization of keeping and bearing arms in Russia, following the US school shooting which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.
Its a horrible tragedy, immeasurable pain. I totally agree with those who are against free arms circulation. This is my principled position, Medvedev wrote on his Facebook page.
The Russian Prime Minister expressed his condolences on the Friday tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, adding that this monstrous crime cannot be justified.
Our thoughts are with the families of the killed children, Medvedev said.
Earlier in December, the head of the government spoke against the legalization of guns in an interview with Russian TV channels. In the US, he said, where bearing and keeping arms is considered part of American mindset and their legal and political culture, many deaths occur because of improper and criminal use of weapons.
I believe by no means we should go down that path, Medvedev underlined.
In 2010, as Russias President, Medvedev tightened control over the use of non-lethal arms. He signed a law that increased liability for the illegal use, and trafficking of civilian firearms and other offensive weapons. The move followed a sharp rise in crime using shotguns where many people got wounded or even killed.
However, despite these incidents, recurring massacres in other countries and a recent mass murder in Moscow, a large group of activists insist that Russians should have a right to carry weapons to be able to protect their lives from criminals.
Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza, managed to bring all his three guns to the school illegally as bearing weapons on its territory is banned, observed the leader of the Russian movement Right to Arms, Maria Butina. Besides that, Connecticut state law requires residents to be 21 years old in order to possess a handgun, while Lanza was 20.
How all these prohibitions can stop a criminal who plans a massacre? she said in an article published by Izvestia daily.
According to the pro-gun activist, the deadly incident only proves the inefficiency of the prohibitive policies on civilian weapons. Six adults in the school had nothing to oppose the criminal and protect themselves and children, Butina noted.
Good. Easier to conquer them when the time comes.
Yeah, we want to be like Russia and China.
Yes, Med. That worked real good to prevent Breslan, didn’t it.
This is coming from a state that killed over 40 million of its own people after Stalin instituted gun control...
The Chinese also made a similar statement, and they killed over 60 million of their own people after Mao instituted gun control...
Yeah, were not biting...
If I remember correctly, Russia had a movie theater taken over by some thugs. The Russian special forced came in and killed the thugs, and about 100 movie goers.
The Russia mafia thanks you for your support, Med.
But Obama is. He would love to have that much power.
MY thoughts exactly. Now if you want protection you have to fork over the money to the mafia thugs......
You’d better pay teddy KGB
Stalin would be proud.
“This is my principled position, Medvedev wrote”...
Medvedev has principles? When did that occur?
What proof has been proffered?
Note to all: Russian disarming of their citizenry worked out sooo well at Beslan, didn’t it Medie, Ol’ Buddy, Ol’ Pal!
>>Yes, Med. That worked real good to prevent Breslan, didnt it.<<
If you are to learn more about Beslan, armed relatives did a lot to make things worse there.
It is not if I’m about to agree with Med.
Current Russian gun laws are in some aspects ahead of American. True, they are restrictive to short guns but at the same times friendly to so-called “assault” guns.
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