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In a world where I believe arms and ammunitions should be totally abolished (perhaps highly unrealistic), I cant believe I came across folks like them who believe that each and every individual should have the right to own guns! Yes, you may own a gun- but why would you have a problem with proving that you are educated and worthy enough to keep one?

Here’s the video a friend shared on my Facbook wall today: Presenting the “Guns for peace”  by GunownersIndia, in India

Misquoting each and every line by Gandhi will not get you any support. Use your common sense and understand the importance of discouraging arms. Apparently Gandhi believed that the true meaning of freedom is when a woman can leave home at midnight all alone. Surely, Gandhi didnt imagine she would carry a gun in her purse when she stepped out of her home! Shocking.

I agree that there is no evidence that gun laws have ever actually reduced crime rates, In fact the crime rates in India are alarming without even allowing easy access to arms. That said, can you imagine walking around knowing each person around you has a gun (even if concealed) and can fire it if agravated? Scary!

As shocking as their support and values are, the most depressing line by them is that “There should be no restriction on the quantity of ammunition.”  How often would you need ammunition if you own a gun for self-defence?

Here’s how they introduce themselves:

During colonial times the British rulers had disarmed the entire Indian nation, to further their own agenda. However, 63 years after independence, the rights of our citizens are once again being trampled over – this time by our own democratically elected government!

All citizens have the natural god given right to self-defence, which is also recognised by the Constitution as well as the Indian Penal Code, however this right is meaningless without the right tools of self-defence! By denying citizens access to these tools, while doing nothing to curb crime, the government seeks to make India into a nation of sheep.

Practical evidence shows that restrictions on arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent crime, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

In favour of anyone wanting to own a gun, I must say that A LAW ABIDING citizen with a gun is no more dangerous than a good driver with a 4.5 ton SUV. Just as you don’t prevent drunk driving by outlawing cars, you should not prevent crime by punishing legal gun owners. And just as it makes no sense to have a fear of Ferraris because they could be used to kill or maim you in the wrong hands, it makes no sense to fear guns because of their potential for misuse. Guns dont kill people, people kill people!

I am yet to make up my mind if guns should be made easily available. I have seen and heard stories of women getting raped, everyday. I have always wished they had a gun to defend themselves. But, I cant deny the fact that in my mind- I am thankful guns are not easily available and that anyone can be shot at randomly,walking down the streets…

I’d love to know what you think of it.

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