There is a lot of furor about gun control, lately. A lot. And for those of you wondering how all this might end, a terrible, violent rape in India gives us a clue. The Telegraph (Britain) reports about two women attacked on a bus in no-guns-allowed India:
The woman, a physiotherapy student, was last night fighting for her life in hospital. She had been travelling home from watching a film at a shopping mall in the south of Delhi when she and a male friend were attacked by a group of drunk men on a largely empty bus.
Police say six men attacked the couple and took turns to rape the woman as the bus toured the city's streets on Sunday. Tinted windows and curtains kept them hidden and prolonged the woman's suffering as the rapists attacked her and her friend with an iron bar before throwing them out of the bus unconscious on a city flyover.
There were 635 reported rapes in Delhi this year -- up more than 11% from last year -- including, heartbreakingly, a six-year-old girl. Culturally, India has substantially different views toward rape than America's. Americans, more or less, have come around to the view that rape is a depraved act of violence. There was a time in our country's history when this was not universally true.
But India is likely halfway around the world from you, so what do you care? Well, if the forces actively pushing for draconian gun controls following Sandy Hook prevail -- and it's not at all clear that they won't -- you can count on more crime, including rape.
Guns are very, very difficult to obtain in India. Guns are considered a "privilege," not a Right. Ownership is not protected by the Indian constitution. Today, India is governed by the Indian Arms Act of 1959. In theory, that Act shed the colonial ban on firearms ownership. In reality, it set up a restrictive licensing and permission regime rife with corruption. Sort of like San Francisco-style gun control, except for 1.3 Billion people.
There was and continues to be exactly zero chance of a rapist in Delhi or anywhere else in India being shot by his victim. None. And the people are outraged, protesting against the government for protection. I think they should be demanding the ability to protect themselves; but then, that's up to them.
I just know I never want to be in the position of asking for the government to -- pretty-please -- protect me or my family.
Discussing gun control is often as touchy a subject as abortion. After Sandy Hook, it is definitely a hot issue. Trying to value Freedom when you seem to be arguing in favor of dead kids is a pretty sad state of affairs.
But we must not let temporary politicians eviscerate the Bill of Rights. We must fight for Freedom.
Or lose it.
P.S.: For a more global view, see: What social disruptions will occur in America if gun control prevails?