“The military chief provided his condolences to households of these killed and the injured and promised a profession within the military if the victims’ kids wish to be a part of the service.”
The 32 12 months previous gunman who shot 30 folks useless throughout his Saturday afternoon taking pictures spree in Korat over the weekend, Jakrapanth Thomma, owned legally registered weapons. He had 5 weapons – three pistols, one shotgun and a rifle, which had been bought below the Military’s “welfare gun” program. The welfare gun program in Thailand is extensively practiced by police, safety and armed forces companies enabling workers to purchase weapons at tax-free costs, as little as half the market worth.
Normal Apirat Kongsompong, the Thai Military Commander-in-Chief stated yesterday that this system needs to be scrapped as “there isn’t any want for military officers to have their very own weapons”.
“Alternatively, the acquisition of the weapons by military officers should be extra tightly managed and permission to personal a private gun should be granted by a military basic, not a colonel.”
In response to the Thai military Commander-in-Chief throughout a media convention yesterday, the gunman used one in all his three pistols to kill his commander and his commander’s mother-in-law throughout a gathering at her home resolve disagreements over an unpaid property brokerage charge.
However the system is flagrantly abused with most weapons purchased below this system resold to non-public people, at a revenue, however the costs would nonetheless be decrease than market costs. This system additionally distorts the gun import quotas, the place gun sellers are allotted a really restricted quantity of weapons to promote every year, particularly handguns.
Normal Apirat apologised to households of the useless and the injured for the tragic incident dedicated by a military officer. He described the soldier as a turning into felony the second he pulled the set off.
The military chief defined that, though military particular models had been despatched to the Terminal 21 procuring centre, they had been solely offering backup to the police specialist ‘Hanuman’ unit who had been accountable for getting into the mall and looking for the gunman.
The Normal requested critics to not blame the Thai military merely as a result of the gunman was a serving soldier. He additionally pleaded for critics to not blame the lax safety on the armoury, which allowed the gunman to steal weapons and ammunition.
Normal Apirat confirmed that the enraged soldier stole an HK33 assault rifle and ammunition from a guard on the military base in Nakhon Ratchasima, stole extra weapons and ammunition from the armoury and killed one other guard earlier than heading to Terminal 21 in a stolen automobile. He additionally confirmed that the automobile was not a ‘Humvee’ as earlier reported, however a black SUV.
SOURCE: Thai PBS World
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