Comments on: Time to relax India’s gun control laws, to fight militants? Perspectives on Pakistan Thu, 01 Oct 2015 19:31:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: HeatherM Tue, 01 Mar 2011 19:25:30 +0000 I tried to take a walk while visiting my In-Laws in India. I thought my Brother-In-Law was going to die of panic when he found me! I discovered that several woman and girls had been kidnapped off the street (they live in the country) and that I shouldn’t be walking alone. Now I’m sorry, if you think that people should just lay down and let abuse happen, you are a sorry lot!! I’m American, I practice my right to bear arms. Oh and my Husband does too, incase you missed it, he is from India! I shake my head at the inability for a family to defend their children during an attack.

To the above poster, I’m glad that I’ll never be entrusting you with my life :) Oh wait…I am an AMERICAN I will defend myself.

By: meap Wed, 23 Feb 2011 04:31:24 +0000 We do not need guns. There is no justification for carrying a death-dealing gadget around. Any reference to American thought has no relevance to our country. It just further exposes the shameful fact that we have a huge self-esteem problem. America is the world’s largest arms manufacturer and dealer and, hence, will only look to increasing it’s profits. Scaremongering, starting wars, giving seemingly intelligent analyses is their modus operandi. Wake up India, we do not need guns to live a life. It will definiitely lose us lives.

By: Ashok Mani Tue, 13 Jan 2009 17:21:04 +0000 Having guns is a human right to defend.

Om above wouldn’t be able to figure out a terrorist from a law abiding citizen, but most sane Indians can tell the “intent” of a gunman by the way he is shooting indiscriminately at anyone in sight, or only at one or group of armed terrorist.

And ofcourse, if you are a law abiding citizen, you will only shoot only when someone shoots at you, and not start shooting at anyone who you think is a terrorist.

And ofcourse, terrorists won’t be going around holding pistols like normal law abiding citizens.

Wake up!

By: Dan Kjer Mon, 15 Dec 2008 18:44:01 +0000 My heart goes out to the Indian people. Gunmen walked amongst your ranks and killed innocents with impunity. They cared not if you were Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Hindu or Jew. They could do what they did because you were not armed.

In the United States there are also “safe havens” for criminals to do their cowardly acts. The cowards chose Churches, college campuses, shopping malls. These places have laws in place that prohibit firearms and the cowards chose these places for random killing simply because they know they will meet with no resistance. Those laws are being questioned and college students are forming organized reprisal groups to repeal those laws.

I have a concealed weapons permit and most everyone I know has hand guns, rifles, and shot guns. When the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor severely crippled the US Navy the Japanese did not continue to the mainland. Why? The Japanese commander had studied in the United States and he knew American households had privately owned guns and were not afraid to use them. The commander knew Americans could form a militia within hours that even their powerful navy could not take.

Along with carrying a gun comes the responsibility of knowing when and how to use it. I have never had to defend my family or myself. I do not have to use it. But I can’t use it if I don’t have it.

There is a saying in this country. “When you only have split seconds the police are minutes away.” The police will do a good job of notifying your relatives of your death.

Every genocide in history started with the confiscation of guns. Germany, Somalia, Turkey, Uganda, China, the Soviet Union, Cambodia to name a few. I lived in New Delhi for two years. Do not let that happen to my friends in India.

When the English wanted to stop Indian uprising and revolt at the turn of the century what was the first thing they did. Confiscated your guns. Muhatma Ghandi said “This will come as a black day”. He was not wrong. Dan, USA

By: Eric Tranum Mon, 15 Dec 2008 04:58:28 +0000 Its time to stand up and tell these leaders, who have private security and body guards, that its time to let the people decide if they feel safe or not, and if not, let them own firearms and get training to use them!! If criminals and terrorists know the citizenry are armed, they will be less likely to commit these acts, and if they do… someone may take them out quickly so innocent people do not have to suffer! Refuse to be Victims any more!!

By: wayne criddle Sat, 13 Dec 2008 02:44:35 +0000 The Emperial Japanese military leaders, after the surrender in japan, were questioned about their actions at pearl harbour and involving the US during world war II. But most pertinent to this discussion was when they were questioned about their inactions. Why did Japan NOT proceed with an invasion of the US? Their answer surprised everyone: With millions of american gun owners, we comprised the largest armed force ever known and that was their reasoning for not trying to occupy the US and detered an invasion. This is not opinion, look it up. There is good reason terrorists have used the same cowardly tactic and not run amok in our streets as they have in india. You may think BAH! Rubbish! but the Japanese were a much more formidable force than the terrorists we face today. God created man, Samuel L Colt made them equal.

By: Mark Crispin Fri, 12 Dec 2008 19:49:31 +0000 In my country (USA) law-abiding citizens have a right to keep and bear arms. They also have a right to defend themselves from criminal attack.

Many people in foreign countries have a misguided idea of what gun rights in the USA really means. This misguided idea comes from bad Hollywood movies and lying politicians.

It is a very serious crime in the USA to shoot someone. The penalties are quite severe, and can even include the death penalty. Threatening a person with a gun is also a very serious crime in the USA. Even a policeman who uses his gun is suspended at once until the investigation of his actions is complete.

Self-defense in the USA is an excuse from the penalty of the crime.

Suppose that Ms Jones shoots Mr. Smith and kills him. At the very least, she has committed the crime of manslaughter. Ms Jones says that Mr. Smith attacked her with a knife, with the intent of raping and killing her. The police investigation indicates that Ms Jones is telling the truth, and that if she had not shot Mr. Smith, she would certainly be dead.

In such a case, the courts would probably decide that Ms Jones is excused from all penalty because it was self-defense. The police will then return her gun to her.

It is still a very long, and very difficult, and very expensive, legal process for Ms Jones. The incident will interfere with Ms Jones’ life for many years. But, she will still have her life, instead of being buried in the ground with a cut throat and her body raped.

This is the truth about self-defense with guns in the USA. Forget the crazy Hollywood ideas about “trigger-happy Americans”. It is not true. Americans who own guns pray every day that they will never need to use them.

However, the fact that Americans, including women like Ms Jones, have guns is a deterrent to attackers. The terrorist incidents in the USA have happened in situations where guns are forbidden, such as on jetliners.

Criminals and terrorists will always have weapons. The only question is if their victims have weapons too.

By: expat Fri, 12 Dec 2008 17:23:57 +0000 Absolutely they should have guns. And ammunition should be made available at cost. No one will ever invade a country where there are over 100 million people armed with guns and some basic training on how to use them.
As for not trusting people with guns, you give them cars all the time don’t you. Cars are deadly weapons. Do people go around running their enemies down? NO!
BAsically it’s simple: if you think people are slaves, don’t arm them. If you think they are free, arm them.
What will INdians choose?
Look at Israel , USA & Switzerland. Common people have guns and can shoot well. THose mumbai terrorists wold not have lasted more than 5 minutes in any of these countries.

By: James Mullen Fri, 12 Dec 2008 15:43:56 +0000 One thing is obvious, gun control did nothing to prevent this attack, and it protected no one but the murderers.

The right to life means nothing without the right to possess the means to protect and defend one’s own life.

By: mec Fri, 12 Dec 2008 15:04:05 +0000 “Gun control laws are incredibly stupid…..”

Most governements including the United Nations consider social order much more important that individual survival. Social order requires that the ordinary headcount depends on the Community for whatever degree of safety the Community wishes to afford. It is desirable that only those in leadership rolls have such things as guns and then only to protect them from anti social elements.