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Thais Shoot Down Thaksin Proposal to Ban Guns

Straits Times (Singapore)

17 September 2003

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A proposal by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to make Thailand a gun-free society over the next five to six years has met with a poor response as more than 78 per cent of Thais want the right to hold firearms to protect themselves…

A poll conducted by the Ramkamhaeng University found that 78.3 per cent of respondents felt they should be allowed to own guns — to protect themselves and their families from burglaries and robberies, especially while travelling…

Around half said gun possession led to more violence in society, and just over 60 per cent felt the police were doing an adequate job in ensuring public safety.

In another poll of 1,585 people in Bangkok, more than half said the move would not reduce crime. Many said the police were incapable of curbing crime so it was left to people to defend themselves.

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