The use of guns has been going up for the past few years. This year (see box) there were 175 cases of reported fire arms use; last year there were 161. The police say that the gun culture has not just grown in the capital, but even more alarmingly in the NCR towns of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad.
The seizure made this year by Delhi Police has also shown a spiral in illegal firearms seized 300 this year as compared to 230 weapons last year, till October 15. Apart from providing firearms, the cops say that they are facing hurdles to stop the flow of ammunition. says an official at Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI).
Did he say "The problem is due to easy availability of guns, both licensed and unlicensed?" Yes, that's what I thought he said.
What's your opinion? Is the fact that a gun is an inanimate object any reason to resist the theory that easy availability of guns contributes to the problem of gun violence? Does the fact that gun control advocates repeatedly offer this as a key element in the problem indicate that they fail to grasp the fact that the gun is a tool?
What's your opinion? I believe the reason pro-gun folks keep repeating that the gun is just another tool and that it's an inanimate object is simply to make their opponents sound silly. The fact is, many gun control folks understand these ideas all too well, and we still believe the availability of guns is key.
What do you think? Please leave a comment.