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Right to bear arms is the enumerated right that people have a personal right to own firearms for individual use and a collective right to bear arms. In our country this right was passed in 1931 , in Karachi, in the INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS as the resolution on FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS, among them , was a right to bear arms in accordance with regulations and reservations made in that behalf but due to circumstances under which INDIA gained independence and the prevailing volatile conditions (rioting after partition) , it was decided not to include the right to keep and bear arms as a fundamental right but to recognize as a legal right of every citizen.

The rigour of the Arms Act and the Rules there under continue to make it difficult for law abiding citizens to possess fire arms for SELF DEFENCE whereas terrorists , dacoit gangs and other anti-social or anti-national elements are using not only civilian weapons but also bombs, hand grenades,bren guns , revolvers, for perpetrating heinous crimes against society and the state. Not only this even mafia type gangs have established a reign of terror in many cities and violence, kidnapping and extortion are rampant. Some parts of the country are terrorist infested and even in other parts hoodlums with country made weapons are on rampage.

We can also state that when a man holds the gun, he almost becomes a god like suddenly, he has the ability to deal death and injury to another over a considerable distance to send, as it were a thunderbolt of Zeus. For some men, unquestionably, this power is going to be abused, just as men will always drive a fast car at reckless speeds.

Now lets just have a glance over some facts:

» GUN NUMBERS

  • NUMBER OF PRIVATELY OWNED FIREARMS                           :   40,000,000
  • INDIAS RANK IN PRIVATELY OWNED FIREARMS                     :   2    [WORLD RANKING]
  • NUMBER OF REGISTERED FIREARMS                                        :   6,300,000

» GUN DEATHS AND INJURY

  • ANNUAL DEATHS RESULTING FROM FIREARMS (TOTAL)      :  7500    ESTIMATED (2011)
  • NUMBER OF GUN  HOMICIDES                                                   :   4102
  • NUMBER OF GUN SUICIDES                                                        :    1639

 

ALL these homicides and gun suicides are the rigour of this right; not only the suicides and homicides took place even certain firearm accidents took place. Some of the examples of firearm accidents are:

  • One of the example of firearm accidents which took place in Gurgoan where a  teen who took his father gun to school and with his friend he kills his classmate. This incident was a shockwave as nobody ever thought that something of this sought could ever happen in school. The incident took place in a following manner a fourteen-year-old Abhishek tyagi, a class VIII student, was standing in queue, waiting to board the bus, when classmates Akash yadav and Vikas Yadav showed up. Akash allegedly pulled out a pistol from his socks and shot Abhishek point blank.
  • The other incident which took place was that of  a police constable who accidently fired a rubber bullet at Sakkardara chowk. The constable was trying to fill the bullets in the magazine of the weapon when the incident took place.
  • A Malad-based businessman had organized a get together at his residence for old friends where while showing off his licensed pistol,he misfires it. The bullet injured him and he has been hospitalized.

These are just few examples which are being discussed, there are many more like this and not only the firearm accidents took place many people misuse this power as the gun culture is growing more and more of these incidents are taking place and people are abusing the rights and society is getting affected by it.

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