3 September 2004
The meeting of “Finding the Individual Arming Problem in Turkey” was held at the Istanbul Dedeman Hotel on 3 September 2004 in the Turkuaz Saloon to create a platform to reveal solutions for the problem by considering the individual arming problem in Turkey with different standpoints in a wide-ranging atmosphere.
The meeting which had aimed to undertake the individual arming problem with all aspects in a discussion platform and determining expansions and suggestions for the solution and publishing the final report was held between 14:00 – 18:00.
In the first session of the meeting, moderated by Ali Saydam from the Sabah Newspaper, Lawyer Şeref Dede about “Law on Firearm and Informing on Judging”, Police Department Deputy Director Cengiz Zeybek on “Licensed Procedure and Implementation”, Düzce Fireguns Industry Business community Association President Necati Nurten on the “Turkish Arms Industry and Approaches to Individual Arming”, Bahçeşehir University, Law School Prof. Dr. Timur Demirbaş on “Considering Individual Arming with Criminolgy Aspect” submitted their proposals.
In the second session, Cumhuriyet Newspaper Columnist Lawyer Fikret İlkiz spoke on “Firearms in Media and Reflection to Society”, Bakırköy Psychiatry Treatment and Research Centre Coordinator Dr. Ayhan AKCAN on “The Demographic and Personal features of the Ones Apply for Firearms Licenses Marmara University Medicine Faculty Medical Jurisprudence Institution Prof. Dr. Oğuz Polat on“Firearms and Mediacal Jurisprudence” and Çankaya University Law School, Philosophy and Sociology of Law Dr. Mustafa Tören on “Theoretical Approaches in Struggle with Firearms, all submitted their proposals.
The meeting ended with the speech from Nazire Dedeman, the Umut Foundation Founder President, after the discussion session.
The report of “Finding the Individual Arming Problem in Turkey” meeting will be put to our web site after analyzing of recording session of meeting.
Finding the Individual Arming Problem in Turkey Meeting will be performed in 3 September 2004 in order to create a democratic platform to reveal solutions for the problem by considering the individual arming problem in Turkey with different standpoints in a wide-ranging atmosphere.
The meeting aims to deal with the individual arming problem with all aspects in a discussion platform and determine expansions and suggestions for the solution and publish the final report and attract public attention to the issue.
3 September 2004 / 14:00 – 18:00 Dedeman Istanbul Hotel, Turkuaz Saloon
14:00 – 14:15
Opening Speech (Facilitator)
Sabah Newspaper Columnist
14:15 – 14:30
Lawyer. Şeref Dede
İstanbul Bar Council
“Law on Firearm and Informing on Trial Process”
14:30 – 14:45 Cengiz Zeybek
Istanbul Policfe Department
“Licensed Procedure and Implementation”
14:45 – 15:00 Necati Nurten
Düzce Firearms Industry Businessmen Sanayi Association President
Turkish Arms Industry and Approaches to Individual Arming
15:00 – 15:15 Prof. Dr. Timur DEMİRBAŞ
Bahçeşehir University Law Faculty Academician
“Evaluation of Individual Arming in terms of Chronological”
15:15 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 15:45 Lawyer. Fikret İLKİZ
Umut Foundation Trustee
“Firearms in Media and Reflection to Society”
15:45 – 16:00 Dr. Ayhan AKCAN
Bakırköy Psychology Treatment and Research Centre Coordinator
Umut Foundation Trustee
“The Demographic and Personal features of the Ones Apply for Firearms Licenses
16:00 – 16:15 Prof. Dr. Oğuz POLAT
Marmara University Medicine Faculty, Medical Jurisprudence Institution
“Firearms Events Reflected to Medical Jurisprudence Institution”
16:15 – 16:30 Dr. Mustafa Tören YÜCEL
Ex-general manager of Prisons
“Theoretical Approaches in Struggle with Firearms”
16:30 – 16:45 Summary Situation Fixing (Facilitator)
16:45 – 17:00 Break
17:00 – 18:00 Discussion Session
18:00 – 18:05 Nazire Dedeman
Umut Foundation Founding President
- Related News of the Meeting
News related with the meeting
Each deputy has the right to have a 10 gun quota.
Meral TAMER, Milliyet, 5 September 2004
In the meeting organized by the Umut Foundation, established by Nazire Dedeman who lost her son from a stray bullet, we spoke at some length about individual arming which is increasing rapidly. We decided to elected a small group from jurists to security guards, from academicians to psychologists, from hunters to journalists. The fact that individual arming is increasing day by day in Turkey and is very closely related with fixation means it is psychological problems rather than a lack of civilisation or the traditions of “horse-woman-weapon”. However, in order to heal it there is a great need for determination in political authority.
Have you ever known that each MP has the right to have 10 guns? I learned it from 19th period MP, Selçuk Maruflu, in meeting of the Umut Foundation and I was surprised.
After Maruflu became an MP, an official document was received where he could buy a gun for 150 YTL instead of 720 YTL. When he did not care, after a while he was called and told that he could take his gun from the Machine Chemistry Institution (MKE). Again Maruflu did not care, because he did not think of having a gun. After a while they called him again and tried to make the gun attractive by saying that it’s normal price was 750 YTL in the market but for the MPs, the price is 150 YTL. When he rejected to take it, then again they said that this gun could be passed to the hands of someone else if he did not take it from the MKE, and in the event that the gun was used, he would be the criminal because the gun was licensed in his name, and so Maruflu had to take it
But he did not use the other nine rights to have a gun - although maybe 1,000 people have made a request.
The result of a public opinion poll on individual arming, carried out face to face with 734 people under the control of Prof. Dr. Timur Demirbaş who is an academic in Bahçeşehir University Law Faculty was announced in the meeting. The ones who participated to the survey are 44% women and 56% men, 66% between 19 – 39 years of age, 26% workers, civil servants or retired, 20% self-employed, 46 % students, 91% living in cities, 54% bachelors, 35% a graduate of secondary or high school.
Do you worry in committing a crime against you?
I am so worried: 13.4%
I am quite worried: 44.6%
I am hardly worried at all: 25.5%
I am never worried: 12.1%
I don’t know/No answer: 4.5%
If you live in fear of crime, when and where does it become intense in a day?
Fear at night: 65.1%
Fear for the whole day: 24.7%
Fear at home: 10.2%
What is your opinion about the image of the Police in our country?
Very positive: 5.5%
Pretty positive: 14.3%
Pretty negative: 42.0%
Very negative: 28.3%
I don’t know/No answer: 9.9%
Have you ever thought having a gun would protect you from a crime?
Many times: 15.9%
Almost never: 19.0%
I never think: 32.6%
I don’t know/No answer: 2.3%
Have you ever had a gun?
Yes, licensed: 9.9%
Yes, unlicensed: 11.4%
No answer: 2.4%
What is your reason to have a gun? (for the ones who gave positive answers to above)
Security: % 56.4
Personal curiosity: % 17.6
Traditions and customs: % 7.5
Show: % 4.8
Other: % 13.8
What do you think on individual disarming (reducing having the gun licensed or unlicensed)?
Will be very good: % 52.6
May be: % 28.1
Impossible: % 16.4
I don’t know/No answer: % 2.9
Does widening of arming in a society bother you?
Yes: % 64.4
No: % 12.0
Sometimes: % 21.1
I don’t know/No answer: % 2.6
What do you think about shooting off in weeding fest and festivals?
Yes, favorable: % 6.8
No, it should not be used: % 75.6
It can be used sometimes: % 14.9
I don’t know/No answer: % 2.7