Three-gun rules give hint of state of democracy

There are many issues that need confronting in the proposed gun law, but perhaps the most interesting is the clause that would “allocate three handguns each to every minister and vice minister in the government without any need for them to show competence.”

I shudder at how this clause speaks to the ongoing existence of a privileged ruling class in Costa Rica. If ministers are at greater risk, they should be trained to protect themselves, and certainly, one handgun is enough for them if it is enough for the rest of us. And if it isn’t, why restrict the rest of us to only one?

But I am trying to apply rational thought to an irrational situation. Costa Rica is either a democracy or it is not. Sadly, this proposed law gives evidence that it is not.

John French
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