In the land of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian gun owners are coming out of the shadows for the first time to mobilize, U.S.-style, against proposed new curbs on bearing arms.
When gunmen attacked 10 sites in Mumbai in November 2008, including two five-star hotels and a train station, Mumbai resident Kumar Verma sat at home glued to the television, feeling outraged and unsafe.
Before the end of December, Verma and his friends had applied for gun licenses. He read up on India's gun laws and joined the Web forum Indians for Guns. When he got his license seven months later, he bought a black, secondhand, snub-nose Smith & Wesson revolver with a walnut grip.
This sounds like the same reason many people choose to arm themselves in the States, fear and paranoia. This guy Verma may have as little need for a gun as many other people who become so concerned with their powerlessness, so afraid that the frightening moment of lethal threat will someday come, that they decide a gun is the answer.
The gun rights organizations are the first ones to encourage people in this thinking. The gun manufacturers are behind it too. Before you know it accidents, suicides and murders are up. Then because of the murders, more people decide they need a gun. The cycle continues on and on until the baleful results become so undeniably obvious that even the most rabid gun lover will be compelled to admit that guns are bad news for everybody.
What's your opinion? How long do you think it'll be before my prediction is realized? I say, depending how it goes after McDonald, two or three years.
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