USA –-(Ammoland.com)- “A leopard mauled at least three people in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati on Saturday after the ferocious feline ran into a house and attacked the residents,” The New York Daily News reports.
The BBC tells us one of those persons has died.
We learn that “wildlife personnel” with a tranquilizer gun took care of the big cat—after the attacks. We also learn that this is not the first time in recent years such attacks have occurred, and that they are on the increase.
So why did Indian citizens have to wait for the authorities to show up after the maulings had occurred? Why must they instead engage in hand-to-hand combat and resort to “sticks and iron rods” or helpless, abject terror against savage, predatory beasts—including those who walk on two legs?
Oh, that one’s easy: India has strict “gun control.” The British invaders disarmed a subject people to maintain control—kind of like what their heirs are now doing to their domestic subjects.
“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest,” Mahatma Gandhi wrote.
Fortunately, modern voices are recognizing the intolerable debasement a monopoly of violence always produces, and they’re speaking out. One such belongs to Abhijeet Singh, who provides a summary history of Indian gun control, along with an index of its laws.
There is a National Rifle Association of India, but its website appears exclusively occupied with “sporting purposes.” While popularizing and normalizing everyday people using firearms is a worthy pursuit, a much more vital purpose behind the individual right to keep and bear arms must be recognized and not requested, but demanded.
For starters, no government has the legitimate power to demand human beings be reduced to cat food. And any that does merits being “alter[ed] or abolish[ed].”
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He is a field editor for GUNS Magazine, and a blogger at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance.