“Farmers in Laikipia have asked the government to intensify the disarmament of illegal firearm holders in northern Kenya,” the-star.co.ke reports. And so they have. “The exercise started last month after herders shot Laikipia West OCPD Merengo Moherai in the chest when he led an operation to recover animals stolen from Kifuku ranch. Various estimates place the number of illegal firearms in Baringo, Isiolo, Samburu and other counties neighbouring Laikipia at 25,000, mostly in the hands of pastoralists.” Needless to say . . .
it’s a bit of a cluster-you-know-what in Kenya, what with the military accused of torture and summary execution and bloody tussles over land during periods of drought. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Colombia’s leftist FARC rebels are about to surrender their weapons, as part the peace deal with the government. While Mexico’s disarmed populace continues to suffer.
Is there any situation when civilian disarmament is justifiable? During riots? Armed insurrections? Natural disasters? Or is the right to keep and bear arms a universal right, regardless of circumstance?