Newly Elected Bogota Mayor Bans Guns

By Dialogo
January 05, 2012


The new mayor of Bogota, formerly a gun-toting leftist rebel, underscored his break with the past by announcing a ban on carrying firearms in the violence-ridden Colombian capital.

“As mayor and police chief, in accordance with the constitution, carrying weapons will be prohibited 24 hours a day in Bogota,” Mayor Gustavo Petro proclaimed at a ceremony marking the start of his four-year term.

“Bogota told the world it is a weapons-free zone and so, we will not wear them,” he declared.

“It is one thing to own a weapon and another to carry one on the street, in the nightclubs, on the bus and in the parks,” he told a crowd of some 4,000 people at a ceremony in Bogota’s Bolivar Square.

Petro, a former senator and onetime leftist with the M-19 guerrilla group, was voted into office in October 2011.



I believe that the Mayor's measure is very wise because it creates a culture of peace in that country. I hope that every Mayor of every country follows that example. I hope that in my country, the Dominican Republic, they make this measure a reality, since the measure saves lives. PETRO...DOESN'T LOSE ANYTHING, THE ONES WHO LOSE ARE ALL THE PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT OUR CITY. ALL THE PROJECTS THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO DO FALL APART, THEY HAND THEM OVER AND STILL WON'T ADMINISTRATE BECAUSE THEY KEEP SPENDING MORE MONEY UNNECESSARILY. I DON'T AGREE WITH THE PEOPLE WHO WANT OTHER ELECTIONS. DO NOT WASTE THIS CITY AND LET'S LEARN FROM MEDELLIN WHERE THERE'S PROGRESS; AND WHAT IS THAT COUNCIL DOING, DAYS GO BY AND NOTHING GOOD IS DONE FOR THE CITY BECAUSE THEY CAN'T COME TO AN AGREEMENT JUST WAITING FOR THE ALLOWANCE WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING POSITIVE.
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