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Chewing ‘gun’
Guns are as easy to get as gums
29/05/2008

Around 49% households own them in the US (so do 31% American adults). Guns! Some say that’s lesser than the chewing America’s gum ‘ownership’! There still is a raging debate in the US on gun control, especially after the killing spree which took place in Virginia University in April 2007. Hilariously, students are now lobbying to seek permission to carry guns to universities, post various on-campus shooting incidents. In various US cities, drive-by shootings are as common as one could imagine [Is it a coincidence that Japan is the only other country, which diligently follows America’s footsteps with respect to easy procurement of guns?]. So is gun ownership the issue? Before answering, one should note that countries like Switzerland, Finland and Israel, which have the highest number of per capita gun owners, still have the least crime rates globally! If gun control were the issue, then India – with one of the world’s toughest gun control laws – should not have seen the Naxalite movement. The nail in the royal bed is clearly related to developmental dynamics, rather than the issue of gun control. If governments give distributed economic growth, social violence would clearly go down. Ah, if only...

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