Why Mumbai, India?
December 1st, 2008
What makes a terrorist choose one target over another when planning to machine gun and grenade attack innocent people in a crowded public place?
Is the target selection based on some perceived geopolitical transgressions against the terrorists’ demented cause? The terrorist would like the world to think so, but if that was the case, why didn’t the latest attack happen in a place like Israel? Why Mumbai, India?
Here is a letter I received from someone who knows the real reason why terrorists would strike Mumbai, India over Tel Aviv, Israel or even Houston, Texas.
You won’t see this talked about on the evening news…
Hello Dr. Piazza,
I am writing this letter to you as a long time Front Sight newsletter subscriber.
I always wanted to take a few courses in your institute.
I am from India and a big supporter of Second Amendment.
I write this letter to you in wake of the recent events in Mumbai. That massacre of Indian, American and Israeli Citizens by armed Islamic terrorists.
India has draconian gun laws.
To currently keep a gun you have demonstrate a direct threat on your life, and surrender it as soon as the threat is gone. You need to go to the police station every month and show your gun for a checkup to the police officer there, show the bullets you have, in case if you fired them then show the casings and tell them where you used them.
Not just civilians even police officers who use their weapons have to collect the casings to be included in their report of where and why did they fire their weapon.
In simple words, it is an example of a society which has completely disarmed itself. It is like a bunch of sheep.
The terrorists which landed in Mumbai through sea routes were armed to the teeth.
They got into a car, and shot people, moved a bit forward threw a grenade here and there and moved forward again to wreck havoc. They knew one thing, it will be impossible for the police to react in that short amount of time, and public has no guns to use on them.
They finally got into the Five Star hotels where they would find plenty of foreigners, mainly American, British and Israeli citizens and held them hostages. Again nobody has any guns anywhere.
The Indian government quickly mobilized their police officers, but the best of them were shot dead by the terrorists.
I have made the case for Gun Rights in India from a long time, and every time I talk about relaxing the gun laws, I am usually kicked out of the discussions and banned from online forums. One moderator even said “We take proud in being a society free from guns, and where Guns are not easily accessible to people.”
Indians are always afraid of having a “gun culture”(the term given to America’s fascination with guns), coming to India. Every time there is a school shooting incident in India, they claim “we’re afraid that gun culture has come to India”.
What they never talk about the number of deaths, and gang rapes which can be prevented by guns during a riot. India may not have a gun culture, but it definitely has a Riot Culture.
In an average riot at least a 100 people are killed and dozens of women are raped and murdered.
How are they so easily able to do such things?
Because people don’t have guns.
When a Hindu or Muslim(the biggest riots in India are among Hindus and Muslims) family which has nothing to do with riots is hiding in the safety of their house, they have nothing to defend themselves from, and a rioting gang comes in armed with nothing but Molotov cocktails and long blades.
The whole family is killed, if there are women in the house they are caught and raped then killed. If there are no women, then the family is just burnt alive.
Many people say that the rioters might be more armed than the family if gun laws are loosened, well even in that case, the rioters will not be able to go far, they will not be able to cover more houses if they keep on taking even small amount of casualties from each house.
Maybe a suicide bombing may not be prevented by civilian ownership of firearms, but an attack of Mumbai’s nature and this scale can definitely be tackled by the scores of people affected by the attacks.
I would like you to cover this incidence, and your views upon it in your next newsletter.
Five star hotels (many of them are a part of American hotel chains) have been the favorite target of terrorists in recent time (Marriot Hotel bombing in Pakistan, and the yesterday’s attack in India). The hotel executives, the staff never carry any kind of guns.
If I were the owner of any of these hotels, I would fly over my staff to Nevada Front Sight, and have them trained in firearm and security courses.
It is my dream to see Gun Rights in India in my lifetime.
Prashant Singh Pawar
PS: Here is the Face of a Terrorist
Why did the terrorists attack Mumbai, India? BECAUSE THEY COULD WITH NO RESISTANCE.
Terrorists don’t attack places where they will be met with immediate and heavy resistance by an ARMED populace.
Can you imagine how fast the terrorists would be killed, along with their twisted agenda, trying to walk down a crowded street in Israel when every citizen is a soldier and everyone who chooses to be armed IS ARMED?
Even in those cities in the US, where citizens are free to carry a concealed handgun or have a shotgun or rifle in the trunk of their car or cab of their pickup truck, we could stop a handful of terrorists, preventing them from wreaking mayhem on a world stage.
Cities and countries foolish enough to disarm their citizens create a town and nation of sheep just waiting to fall prey to the wolves.
DON’T BE A SHEEP! Your life and the safety of your family, community, and nation rely on an armed and trained populace.
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