The country of India has some very strict gun control laws. In fact, they recently passed a law that states you can only have one gun total. That’s a hell of a lot worse than the gun rationing schemes some of our own lawmakers are pushing, though I don’t doubt they’d love to pass a measure like that.
The United States, on the other hand, is supposedly the only country where mass shootings happen. They simply don’t occur in countries with strict gun control, or so we’re told.
I, for one, have been arguing that the issue is a human issue, not a gun issue. Something is very wrong with people and our society that we produce people who would do such a thing. However, I’ll also note that we’re not the only ones who do this. Christchurch, New Zealand, for example, wasn’t American.
Neither is a recent incident from that country with such tight gun regulations, India.
A policeman from India’s armed border force opened fire on his colleagues Wednesday, killing five of them before turning the gun on himself, police said.Constable Musudul Rehman of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (IPBP) opened fire on his comrades in Chhattisgarh, a restive central state long wracked by a left-wing insurgency.
“He later shot himself after shooting seven personnel,” according to a statement issued by the ITBP.
The two injured were being airlifted to state capital Raipur.
Now, there’s a lot going on in that particular part of India, as noted in the quoted section. It’s bad enough that they’re having issues with suicides and fratricides among the personnel there on the ground.
This, however, is a little different. This is a mass shooting–such a shooting defined as four or more people killed in a single incident–not unlike the mass shootings we have here in this country.
You know, the mass shootings that simply don’t happen in other countries?
If anything, this event should remind us that not only do they happen elsewhere but that they’re never about the weapons used. This particular part of the country is apparently a very high-stress environment and has triggered mental health issues with men assigned to the region before. It’s not a gun issue and never has been. It’s a people issue.
This region apparently breaks people.
While we spend a lot of time looking at how to solve mass shootings in this country, too much of the attention has been shifted toward the weapons used and not toward the people operating them. They look at the tool used not the tool using it.
Yet at the end of the day, they will use whatever they have available to in order to kill. They’ll continue to do so until we stop arguing about weapons and recognize that broken people do horrible things. Let’s focus on fixing that, for a change. Then maybe we’ll end up being safer not just from mass shootings but from bombings, van attacks, and any number of other horrible things that can take place.
Just a thought.