Guns and Gandhi

Dave Killion — May 23, 2012

Say you're sari.

It is well known that in the US and Canada, many women feel a keen desire to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense. It turns out this desire extends also to women far outside our borders –

“There are so many incidents, especially in Delhi (India). Women who are working or who are travelling should definitely have a gun,” said ( Dr Harveen Kaur Sidhu). She explained that changing lifestyles were making women more vulnerable, particularly single women working or coming home late at night. “Why should I be dependent on someone else, even my husband or the police, for my own safety? I should be independent,” she said. “Imagine all the problems and mishaps which could be avoided if women could defend themselves properly. The females have to be self-armed and protected and should send out a strong message that we are not taking this anymore.”

According to The Guardian, although per capita gun ownership is low in India, the number of firearms in the country (40 million) is second only to that of the United States. This despite the fact that licenses are hard to obtain and many firearms are manufactured in backstreet workshops. The growing number of women acquiring guns for self-defense, along with the appearance of groups organized to promote gun rights, suggest a strengthening firearms culture in India. Good on them!

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