"The caveman logic, you bring...",
"Bulgaria is not Somalia"
"You are not stupid..."
"Let me help you."
These are very unhelpful words, they reveal an attempt to illegitimize my opinion. I am slightly offended by your attitude. Please try to respect my point of view and not to act like I am some sort of intellectual inferior that needs to be coached. Let's have a constructive debate, not a mud fight.
As per your comments...
You claim that people should be thinking about "care, solidarity and discipline". Can you elaborate on how you think this will solve our problems? I would like people to follow those things, but I don't see how that will solve the problems with law enforcement and national defense (this is after all what the editorial is about). Is it not dangerous to rely on such slogans?
It is hard for me to consider the question "Who is willing and able to deliver the whole package?". I have given up on this a long time ago. Look at all of human history including Bulgaria's recent democratic history. Where will you find this person?
The right to defend yourself from malicious persons is not unsound thinking, especially with the level of violent crimes in some neighborhoods in the BG large cities.
Here you have clearly misinterpreted the sentence "God's Ten Commandments of Politics" does not mean "God's Ten Commandments". Obviously he was referring to a piece of political satire.
He is making a wise observation. Would you prefer your friends to be loyal or intelligent? What is the exchange rate?
The BG army is very small. You assume that NATO (The US) can be trusted to enforce peace. What will happen in the unlikely event of civil war or war with another NATO nation? (Turkey has a far superior army in numbers and technology).
This is indeed a problem for all nations. When the government is infested with corruption and/or becomes a tyranny, there is no way for the people to preserve a free society if they don't have the weapons to instill fear in the ruling class or in malicious members of society. I do not necessarily agree with Velchev about the army training, I think that would be a very bad decision that will cause more brain drain, but I don't believe his argument is "unintelligent" as you have tried to argue. Name-calling will get us nowhere, but divide us even more.
I think (as do you probably) that Velchev is following a political strategy of creating issues to form a strong base for his party. He is feeding on the social problems of BG in the worst possible way.
The truth is that criminals DO have guns, the police is ineffective in stopping crime, and the judicial system is ineffective from punishing it (in BG). There are an enumerable number of debates on the issue of guns, mostly coming from the US. Like it or not, there is an extremely strong case for allowing ordinary people to have them. Anyone that likes "intelligence" can look here: http://intelligencesquaredus.org/index.php/past-debates/guns-reduce-crime/
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