Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Gun Control in India

It's strict. So strict that most people don't have guns, even if they want them.

SO, what's that mean? That when the shooting starts, only the bad guys have guns. The Times Online looks at gun control policies in India.
For anybody who still believed in it, the Mumbai shootings exposed the myth of “gun control”. India had some of the strictest firearms laws in the world, going back to the Indian Arms Act of 1878, by which Britain had sought to prevent a recurrence of the Indian Mutiny.

The guns used in last week’s Bombay massacre were all “prohibited weapons” under Indian law, just as they are in Britain. In this country we have seen the irrelevance of such bans (handgun crime, for instance, doubled here within five years of the prohibition of legal pistol ownership), but the largely drug-related nature of most extreme violence here has left most of us with a sheltered awareness of the threat. We have not yet faced a determined and broad-based attack.
Then there's the canard that we should just let the police handle it. That didn't work in India, either.
The Mumbai massacre also exposed the myth that arming the police force guarantees security. Sebastian D’Souza, a picture editor on the Mumbai Mirror who took some of the dramatic pictures of the assault on the Chhatrapati Shivaji railway station, was angered to find India’s armed police taking cover and apparently failing to engage the gunmen.
Yeah, it's hard to engage determined, well armed adversaries when you haven't fired your rifle lately.

Still, we see how well gun control worked for the Indians. It's common sense, but then the Lightworker is in favor of common-sense gun laws.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

From my cold dead hands...