ABOLITION OF ARMS: in a social, national or even global scale

BSumitra Padmanabhan

I totally agree with the idea for ABOLITION OF ARMY. Abolition of arms , to be precise.
We should first start with armed police force. Why do we need policemen with fire-arms in a free country? They are machines to kill another human being. Aren’t lathis, tear-gas, water-cannons enough to tackle any situation? In case of bigger chaos, mounted police on horse-back could do! All arms should be banned — particularly in India. With immense disparity, abuse of power and absense of law & order, I feel it’s high time we give a serious thought to this issue. Here the rich keep any amount of unauthorised arms for … what ? Their own security. The very poor make and get arms for self-protection… angry constables go on a shooting spree every now and then… trigger-happy youngsters take pride in their hero/villainlike skills that are often glorified in movies. There’s no end to it.

With improved technology we have tiny cameras that can be hidden in your specs or pen or pocket. Soon Man — the self-destructive, competitive social animal will surely manufacture very small killing machines too. Can one imagine what will follow? If the rich and the powerful can make and use arms at will, others will soon follow. Who benefits from the process? The arms manufacturers and dealers. Arms –the biggest industry in the world today.

I remember even some fifty years back hunting was a common sport. Rich families used to show off tiger-skins, buck and buffalow-horns as decoration on their walls. It was normal for travellers to carry rifles or guns of various kinds for a casual kill of birds, hens, boars or an occasional deer while travelling to forests. This concept has changed to a large extent. Now we shoot with cameras. Wildlife photography is a wonderfully rich, skilled and respected profession. We don’t take pride in killing animals or birds just for sport.

Why don’t we change our concept of using arms on other human beings? Change it for good. Pressurise governments to abolish armed forces within a country first. Then gradually stop warfare. It may sound funny at this stage. Who will bell the cat? Which nation? I think we can learn something from Japan. And we– the nation of Gandhi can show the path. Anyway we’ve got to start some day. Before it becomes too late.

Let us start thinking whether we can begin a serious campaign. The gun-makers can still have a roaring business making life-saving equipments of all kinds of rescue operations. The amount of money and resources saved can then be used for making solid houses and improvements in transportation…and so on.

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5 Responses to “ABOLITION OF ARMS: in a social, national or even global scale”

  1. Alak Sasmal 28 June 2011 at 9:49 PM #

    Idea is good. But how it is possible?

  2. neel 28 June 2011 at 10:27 PM #

    হাতিয়ারের এই অপব্যাবহার আগামী তে আমাদের মানবিক পরাজয় নিশ্চিত করবে ।ফেলে আশা ২ বিশ্ব যুদ্ধের কঠিন পরিনাম থেকে আমাদের শিক্ষা নেওয়া উচিত।বিকাশ এবং উন্নয়নের জন্য তথ্যপ্রযুক্তির মতো একটি হাতিয়ারের সঠিক ব্যবহার প্রয়োজন।সময়ের সাথে সাথে বন্য পশু হত্যা করার মানসিকতা কিছু হলেও বিলোপ পেয়েছে তাতে কি হএছে!!!পশুর বদলে এখন মনুষ হত্যা করে নিজের বিরত্ব প্রমান করা যাচ্ছে!এইতো মানবিকতার নমুনা…হাতে arms পেলে trigger টা একটু টেনে না নিলে হয়না।তবে কি এমনি এমনি fire করলে হয়নাকি!!!একটা নিশানা তো চাই………তাই মানুষ খুন।অবিলম্বে এসব বন্ধ করা দরকার।।

    we must change our concept of using arms on other human beings……we have to do..we have to do..we have to do..

  3. shoubhikdasgupta 29 June 2011 at 8:19 PM #

    Dear Sir,

    Your opinion, while very well-meant, is very utopian. The basic assumption is that if the police do not carry weapons, the criminals, terrorists, etc. will return the favour. That does not work. if you recall, police in UK took pride in their batons, and if a policeman withdrew a weapon from the stores, he had to take permission from the Superintendent of the area. All that changed when the IRA started using guns. Now every cop in UK carries a fierearm. Now, I presume that the justification or otherwise of Irish, Kashmiri, or other separatist movements is not a part of this discussion, hence suffice to say that any government WILL find some type of protest worth suppressing.
    On private ownership of weapons, the problem in India is the very restricted ownership, which is again a legacy of colonial rule. Due to this, the elite with licensed weapons, and the criminal / terrorist community with their vastly larger store of unlicensed weapons, feel an impunity in using the same. If, for example, there were 5 people armed with revolvers in the Taj hotel in Mumbai, do you think the terrorists would have struck with such impunity? If you look at US, you will find that most shooting sprees by mentally deranged people occur in areas where it is not permitted to be armed, e.g. schools, restaurants etc. Which means that even mentally deranged people know that their goal of massacring innocents cannot be fulfilled if there are only a FEW armed civilians in the vicinity.
    To look at history again, examples of gun control abound whenever the goverment wishes to subjugate and probably massacre, the population – British India, Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s USSR, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq… the list goes on.
    So, what we need in this country, is LESS gun control, and market conditions such that normal middle class people can have arms. Currently the government has created market conditions such that only the ruling politicians and their cronies can have guns. This needs to change!

  4. Kallol 3 July 2011 at 12:06 PM #

    Bharat ebong pritibir anyanno deshe (dui akta bad die)je economic system chalu ach-e sekhane dekha jay je rich people der swarthe govt. policy, arms babohar kora hochche. R poor people self protection-er jonnyo arms nite badhya hochche. echara ache elakar siki theke full neta/gunda der arms nie dapadapi. prithibi ju-re sampad/rasod bhittik arthaniti chalu korte parle arms-er jhanjhanani bandho ho-te pa-re, jar swapno Hattomalar Deshe Sumitra di amader dekhiechen. kintu eta ki sambhab. Utopia noy ki ?

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    Suchetana 7 July 2011 at 7:17 PM #

    Shob natun chintai prothome Utopian mone hoy. Tobe — chinta shuru to korte hoy. Gorkhaland e Mukti-morcha r personnel der hate fire-arm thake na. sudhu lathi. Amar besh bhalo lage idea ta. Ora bole swadhin deshe kano nijer lokeder control korte bonduk lagbe? Ora to chaliye jachhe lorai ebhabei! Amar mone hoy nijer praner bhoy ei manush onno ekjon ke mare. Tai violence diye kokhono violence bondho kora jay na, aro bariye tola jay sudhu. Ei chinta ta mukhe mukhe holeo chhorate hobe.
    Manush jokhon aro unnoto hobe — tokhon chintar lorai, idear juddho beshi gurutto pabe, ostrer lorai bokara korbe.


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