“I only wish I had a gun rather than a camera,” said Sebastian D’Souza, who works at the Mumbai Mirror. He witnessed the terrorists strolling in a train station indiscriminately shooting people. Later on in the day they were more selective in gathering Jewish people and people with US or UK passports, killing many of them. Oddly enough, only the Belfast Telegraph and some EU newspapers identified the terrorists as Muslim Terrorists.
Even more tragic were the reactions of the police. Sebastian said “I told some policemen the gunmen had moved towards the rear of the station but they refused to follow them. What is the point if having policemen with guns if they refuse to use them?” [Emphasis added.]
Even more unfortunate was the fact that India does not have a Second Amendment. If Sebastian had a gun, I am sure he would have used it.
Let’s back up a little bit in time and review some shootings right here in the United States. The Columbine High School and the Virginia Tech shootings had something in common with the terrorist shootings in Mumbai, India. Give up???
In the US shootings, he police hid until the shooting was over. “There were armed policemen hiding all around the station but none of them did anything,” said Sebastian in Mumbai.
Only later, in India when the Taj was in flames, did the police start shooting back. Unfortunately over 150 people (estimates are still growing) were killed. How many lives could have been save if the police had acted will never be known? Only 10 terrorists executed this atrocity. Having that number reduced by half at the train station would have made a difference.
Only allow the police to be armed? I don’t think so. After all, the police are only good for tracking down the killers after there are bodies littering our landscape. I can only repeat what Sebastian said: “What is the point if having policemen with guns if they refuse to use them?”
Just like that photographer, if I was armed in a similar situation, at least one terrorist would have assumed room temperature, possibly more.
God bless the United States. Thank God for the Heller decision. Now, let’s work to prevent California from turning into a target-rich Mumbai.