Never in the history of this country has there been a need to learn to say SORRY even when you are wrong, than these times where buying and owning a gun is as easy as buying a mobile phone, it brings cold chills sprinting down my spine.
It is very common today to see very young people seated in a public place with two, three smart phones on the table and Glock on the side.
Today owning a gun is as fashionable among Tanzanian youths as knowing Diamond's latest song, and if you ask me that's damn scary.
A couple of decades ago, there were no massage parlours where after a long hard day at work, one can pop in a parlour and get their stress reduced. Decades ago there were sober/ rehab houses where a drug addict who wants to get 'clean' can do so.
This being the case, I personally think there is need to have centres were people have their anger managed and from there get to be taught to say sorry. I feel very strongly about this because for starters with the amount of guns in people's hands and the road rage levels that exist, it won't be too long where we will roadside shootings.
I have no scientific evidence to the reasons why there are so many school and other shootings in America but I have little doubt that unlicensed gun possession among the masses is a big reason. The little research I have done so far shows that many Tanzanians own handguns for all the wrong reasons.
I am told that there is usually a rather long process of assessment before one is granted to own a handgun but I am also told that with the right connections, these processes can be surpassed and before you know it, you can become a 'proud owner' of a handgun.
Today believe it or not, handguns are a favourite birthday present but this is limited to the crÈme de la crÈme of the Tanzanian society. What puts a frown on my face is the fact that a larger portion of handgun owners today don't get a psychological evaluation of any type.
In a society where marijuana is smoked like any other cigarette, hard drugs like heroin and cocaine are abused at alarming levels and stress levels keep accelerating, doesn't it scare you knowing that handguns are all over the country, being used by people who have no purpose for them? I certainly am.
I consider myself a relatively well educated block who knows his basic human rights but with the thought at the back of my mind that there are throngs of people who are trigger happy and swinging them like
A couple of months ago, a certain shooting in Mbezi made headline news in the local media and for a couple of weeks, it was a topic on everyone's lips and in many public gatherings.
Unfortunately other events happened and the discussion died away, in spite of the fact that the shooting left a young man dead.
A prominent lawyer in Dar es Salaam recently posted on Facebook something I found immensely interested and what inspired me to write this piece. I quote, "Something is seriously wrong with our justice system when a person can threaten, shoot and kill a person in public and be granted bail.
"Our brother... was killed in cold blood and today his murderer breathes the air of a free man. This is a disgusting abuse of the legal process!"
This is in connection to the Mbezi shooting. Putting jokes aside, the threat of this escalating is way past the horizon, it is already on our doorsteps, let's not wait for it to enter our homes, the time to act is NOW!
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