Sitting government opposition party ‘Pheu Thai’ is planning to reintroduce its policy of strict drug elimination as well as the review of firearm possession among security personnel after the tragic incident of the Nong Bua Lamphu mass shooting on Thursday, October 6th.
Party leader Chonlanan Srikaew expressed their deepest condolences on behalf of the party members towards the families of the victims and the injuries of the mass killing in Nong Bua Lamphu province and vowed to revive its “War on Drug” policy to eradicate drugs from Thai society and prevent the recurrence of the tragedy.
Pheu Thai also mentioned cannabis, despite no signs of it involved in the mass shooting. Some members of the party have previously called for cannabis to be returned as an illegal narcotics drug after it was decriminalized in June. Party members claim cannabis can be a gateway drug to harder drugs like methamphetamine.
The party also urged relevant agencies to seek solutions to four concerning issues as follows:
- Agencies with armed personnel must pay attention, find the cause of the problem, and find motivation in order to set out remedial measures of the incident.
- Measures for recruiting personnel into an agency must be at no risk of violent incidents, especially if the personnel are granted with weapon possession. There must be a mental and environmental assessment for personnel in order to prevent risk of any types of violent acts.
- Relevant agencies must assess and solve working environment issues if it could trigger any personnel to cause violent behavior by considering contributing factors to the incident.
- In order to prevent tremendous loss, there must be an alert notification for the public. A strict warning system must be laid out and implemented.
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