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Kuwaiti Gun Prohibition

Gun News Daily links to an article from Arab Times reporting that Kuwait has raised the penalty for gun possession from a five year sentence to a ten year sentence. Kuwait bans all firearms possession, except that the wealthy and well-born have a very limited ability to acquire hunting guns.

Regarding gun control, the policy of the Kuwaiti royal family for Kuwait appears to the same policy that Saddam Hussein had for Kuwait, except for milder penalties. Hussein had decreed the death penalty for any Kuwaiti possessing firearms without his permission, and had ordered that all guns be surrendered to the Iraqi army.

After Americans died to put the Kuwaiti royal family back on the throne, one royal family member announced, immediately after the cease fire: "The first thing we must do is to disarm the resistance to restore order." In other words, take the guns away from the brave Kuwaitis who had been fighting for their homeland, in order to assure the continued rule of a royal family that danced away the war in Cairo nightclubs.

Once back in Kuwait, Interior Minister Hamoud Sabah decreed a 15 year prison term for citizens who fail to surrender their guns. (Since the, the penalty has apparently been reduced and then recently increased.) Since the Minister's decrees have been repeatedly ignored, the government enforced the ban with house-to-house searches.

Said one Kuwaiti resistance fighter: "We trust no one; the guns are the only protection we have from the Palestinians and the government. We earned these guns. We stayed here and fought. The government didn't." [Before 1991, Kuwait had a huge population of Palestianian guest workers, many of whom supported the Saddam invasion. Afterwards, they were expelled.]

A Blogger:
Do yo have links to all of these quotes, or are we just supposed to take your word for it?
11.18.2005 1:30am
Ross Levatter (mail):
Isn't that a little harsh? "ALL of these quotes..."? There were only two.
11.18.2005 1:33am
A Blogger:
How about, "all of these factual assertions"?
11.18.2005 2:12am
Wintermute (www):
Thanks for the ammo, Dave.
11.18.2005 2:17am
Julian Morrison (mail):
I suspect that Kuwait might be one of the many countries in the middle east feeling the heat from the USA's strategic forward base in Iraq. They're no longer indispensible, so the USA government is probably asking them some quite pointed questions about when they plan to have democratic reforms, and would they specify a timetable please?
11.18.2005 5:17am
Waldense (mail):
I'm still wondering why I should care that Kuwait is increasing the penalty for gun ownership. They're a decadent monarchy, for crying out loud.
11.18.2005 10:53am
Mike Lorrey (mail) (www):
Whatever happened to the Kuwaiti parliament we fought to put back in place?

While Hayek said, "I'd prefer a liberal autocracy to an illiberal democracy," (he was referring to classical liberals, aka libertarians, not modern socialists) one has to wonder at what is going on in Kuwait. I didn't fight for Sabah's privileges.
11.18.2005 12:20pm
SeaDrive (mail):
And then there is the English experience...
11.18.2005 12:27pm
Daniel Chapman (mail):
Interesting line about the "guest worker" problem...
11.18.2005 12:36pm
Shelby (mail):
asking them some quite pointed questions about when they plan to have democratic reforms, and would they specify a timetable please?

But if they announce a timetable that will only encourage the anti-democratic resistance to hold out!

Sorry, /snark. I'd like to think the government is actually pressing them on these matters, but I've yet to see any sign of it. Though admittedly, Bush is finally re-applying some pressure to China.
11.18.2005 1:58pm