How Gun Control Failed India

Published by the LearnAboutGuns.com Author on December 21, 2008 at 12:14 am
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A few weeks ago, terrorists in Mumbai, India set out to kill as many people as they could, mainly by using guns.  India has some strict gun control laws, however such laws obviously don’t deter people who are bent on killing as many people as they can before dying. Fox Forum ran a great article by John Lott, that discusses how the police stood idly by while the armed terrorists when on their rampage against unarmed citizens:

In India, victims watched as armed police cowered and didn’t fire back at the terrorists. A photographer at the scene described his frustration: “There were armed policemen hiding all around the station but none of them did anything. At one point, I ran up to them and told them to use their weapons. I said, ‘Shoot them, they’re sitting ducks!’ but they just didn’t shoot back.”

Meanwhile, according to the hotel company’s chairman, P.R.S. Oberoi, security at “the hotel had metal detectors, but none of its security personnel carried weapons because of the difficulties in obtaining gun permits from the Indian government.”

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