I used to come to the military clinic, where every year I underwent a mandatory medical examination for all the military, visited three offices, and I had a certificate in my pocket. This year, my general practitioner said that she still had the forms of certificates, but the clinic does not have a license for this medical service. I had to call the urban civil polyclinics, but in all I heard the same answer: no license.
Legally, only one long, but as it turned out, easy way was imposed on me. It began in the city psychoneurological clinic.
- Where is the pink form with which you were supposed to come to me? - asked the doctor.
About some pink form I did not know.
- I will give a certificate, but in the city clinic you will have to take a form and come to me again.
I honestly said that it would be better to buy a certificate than to lose another day for the sake of the Russian bureaucracy for free, after which I had to endure a condemning glance and listen to the rant that people like me shoot people and put pressure on the country's roads.
Communication with the psychiatrist who saw me for the first time lasted exactly as long as it took to fill out the certificate. And after five minutes I left the office with the firm conviction that I was not crazy, since I had the appropriate certificate.
The next day (I didn’t manage to go round all the medical facilities right away) went to the other end of the city to a drug treatment clinic. For visiting the narcologist here take 100 rubles. But after presenting the certificate of a veteran of military service in the registry, communication with the doctor was free.
The drug doctor was a pretty young woman.
- Year in the string.
- Why are my hands shaking?
Five minutes later, a certificate stating that I was not an alcoholic was in my pocket.
Now, on the basis of the two certificates received, the third certificate was to be received in some special form. It turned out that this certificate is issued only in paid medical centers and, of course, for a fee. The third day went on to find such a center. I appeared in it already in the evening. After paying at the reception (there are no registries) 700 rubles, I went to the office indicated to me. The girl who replaced the ill doctor first checked my eyesight. The letters on the table were blurred, since I forgot my glasses at home.
- You see bad?
- No, that you, I have one hundred percent vision, just tired today.
Registration of the certificate took much longer here, as the girl all the time ran to someone to find out how to fill out this certificate. Finally, a multi-colored certificate, as well as photocopies of licenses of this medical institution for the right to provide medical services replenished my collection, and now I could proceed to the next stage.
There are only three training centers in Moscow where you can pass exams and get a certificate of knowledge of the rules and skills of handling weapons. All three centers are located behind the Moscow ring road. At the very closest they told me that they had a waiting list for examinations scheduled for three months in advance. In the second center I was lucky, I was ready to check it in a month. The influx of those wishing to pass the exams is explained simply. Previously, in order to obtain a license for a hunting weapon, it was enough for the police to present a hunting ticket with a mark of surrender of the hunt minimum. It was even easier for the military - they brought in certificates from their military unit that the service weapon was attached to them. Now everything must pass through the certification center at the training center, even the officers of the special forces of the FSB. Bureaucracy wins over common sense.
EXAM IN GENRE FARS
On the appointed day and time I arrived at the training center. 19 people were gathered for our examination: 3 women and 16 men aged from 22 to 70 years. The women, they said, came solely for noble reasons to help their loved ones. One told a fairy tale that her husband lost his license and, since he is very busy, she will draw up a weapon on himself, and her husband, of course, will use it. The lady simply did not know the Law "On Arms", and therefore she invented this silly history. The second one told an equally fabulous story about the inheritance of the hunting rifle and now wants to save it for her son. And since the son is only 14 years old, she draws up a license for herself. Why would the gun boy 14-year-old, have time in the army to shoot a machine gun - this question put her in a dead end. The third lady was the smartest - she was silent.
I do not understand why women are embarrassed to admit that they want to arm themselves. This is probably a kind of complex.
The center employee who met us at the door wondered if everyone knew the new legislation, and recommended the 30-page directory for 120 rubles. My neighbor “on the desk” - a grandfather with a lost gaze, who was almost forcibly brought to the exam by a daughter, - began to leaf through the reference book. But "study" was not given to him at all.
“I do not understand what is written here,” he complained helplessly to me.
I promised that I will give him answers in the exam.
All were brought to the class, handed out sheets of dough, as on the exam, and left alone. In the leaflet there were 16 questions and 3 answers to each. Of the three answers, it was necessary to choose the right one and put a “bird” in the cage next to it. The people quickly took out 120-ruble directories from bags, briefcases and trunks and began to write off.
It took me about seven minutes to answer all the questions. Then I helped put the crosses in the test for my grandfather, who was sitting to my left. Then he helped the neighbor on the right and the neighbor behind. And yet I had to bored 20 for another minute before the examiner came and collected our exam sheets. Outcome: the theoretical exam was overwhelmed with six people, including three ladies.
The remaining 13 people were taken to a shooting gallery, where five of them did not get headphones. Under the crash of shots in the echoing dash, they tested their eardrums for strength.
The first time I was holding a Beretta sports pistol. The feeling is pleasant. High-quality assembly, all parts are metal, trouble-free operation and precise combat. After our four-shot "Wasp" with "Beretta" you feel really armed. But for everyday wear under the arm heavy and too big. But from it you will not miss. The "Wasp" has a laser sight, but it is useless, no matter how much you aim, the bullets fly along unimaginable paths. Affects the absence of the trunk.
In the dash, I had the firm impression that most of the subjects were dealing with weapons for the first time. “My” grandfather, who, incidentally, has two pistols at home and one carbine, violated all the rules for handling a pistol. When charging store cartridges fan flew in all directions. He dropped the store on the floor (according to the rules it is qualified as careless handling of weapons). Forgot to remove the fuse (press the button on the side). Juggling the bolt, delayed the bolt carrier, and the cartridge was crooked, not hitting the chamber. With a sin in half, he made two control shots at a huge target, hitting the “milk”. After shooting, without removing his finger from the hook and not putting on the fuse, put the gun on the instructor. Of course, not on purpose. He just did not have the skills to safely handle weapons. After that, the instructor sent his grandfather for re-examination, not allowing him to take a shooting test. Re-examination was to take place in two weeks. It is unlikely that grandfather will have time to learn at home the safe handling of weapons.
The overwhelming majority showed not the best skills. For example, in one young man a loaded pistol in his hands simply walked. From excitement, he continually directed the trunk either towards the instructor, or towards the inspector of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In the end, the gun was taken away from him and sent for a re-take and to drink valerian. But if the person did not try to shoot the instructor on the spot, then the rest of the sins in the shooting gallery were forgiven. In total, six people passed the exam from 13. Of these six, the best "disciples" were two military men and one civilian young man of Caucasian appearance.
Having received the certificate, the next day I went to the licensing department. Having spent several hours in the queue, I presented my arsenal to the inspector for inspection - several pistols and a carbine - and handed over documents for the license renewal. Two weeks later, I spent several hours in a queue to get three licenses, one for each type of firearm.
But this is not the end of walking around the cabinets. According to the new rules, every time, leaving the borders of their constituent entity of the Federation, it is necessary to issue a permit for the export of weapons in the licensing department. It is interesting how those who live, for example, in the Moscow area of Zhulebino, cope with it, and go to work every day across the road to Lyubertsy near Moscow. In the licensing department, I was told that they had never once applied for a permit to move weapons. Apparently, the weapon is at home. And then, why carry it with you? But that is another question.
POWERFULNESS OF POWER
Student Alexander Lokotova, 22 of May of last year, injured a 22-year-old man in the lobby of Tsvetnoy Bulvar metro station — another science: if you were hit in the left cheek, turn the right cheek. It will be Christian. Apparently, the court decided in a Christian way, sentencing the girl to three years in a penal colony. This is an example of how our legislation protects hooligans and criminals. Because if you are attacked with a knife, and you got a gun, this is an excess of self-defense. If a criminal has a pistol in his hands, then the first shot is always his, because if you shoot first it is also an excess of self-defense. Indeed, it is impossible to prove in court whether the criminal had a firm intention to open fire. Finally, in a fight, you must ask the criminal to remain a gentleman and move at least a meter so that you can shoot him according to the rules. It is forbidden to shoot closer than one meter to the target. And one more remarkable rule: after a return shot, bleeding, you must crawl to the nearest police station to draw up a protocol. And if by the beginning of the trial you do not die from a wound, then you may not be acquitted, because you opened fire in a public place, which is strictly prohibited.
After each case of mass executions by criminals of innocent citizens in society, the problem of arming the people is discussed. The shots that sounded this year in Moscow, Belgorod, Volgograd and other cities suggest that a weapon is necessary for self-defense. At least so that the criminal knew that he could get a bullet in return. But will it stop him? After all, going to a crime, a person is always confident in his impunity, otherwise we would not have been shooting, drunken stabbing, fights, corruption and other crimes.
Another thing is that the law, formally punishing a crime, does not actually protect the victim. And before the crime, and after the commission of violence, the object of the attack, that is, the victim, if he, of course, survived, is not protected by anyone.
We have no law that would protect law-abiding citizens from encroachment on their lives and property. Every year thousands of cars, apartments and houses are plundered. Rob someone else does not mean to go to jail. But if the owner, in order to protect his property, put a trap on the robber, brought electricity to the barbed wire around the perimeter of his possession - this is already a crime. Our law protects the criminal, not the victim. And it often happens that it is the victim who finds himself in the role of a criminal, as a student of Lokotova.
The conclusion is that the arming of the people is a harmful idea. Indeed, it seems harmful to our legislators and law enforcement agencies. Because it will be necessary to change the laws and the very attitude towards the protection of society and private property, that is, to take on additional functions, unnecessary worries. And it is known that they do not like to work with us. But the most important thing is to change the psychology of people. And this is even more difficult task. Therefore, in the foreseeable future, the law will be tightened in relation to law-abiding citizens. And the criminals will still kill people. And not necessarily from a firearm.