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Women and Guns in India

Good show, I say:

His daughter was hiding under a bed when she heard him crying as the gunmen thrashed him with sticks. According to police, she ran towards her father’s attacker and struck him with an axe. As he collapsed, she snatched his AK47 and shot him dead.

She also shot and wounded another militant as he made his escape.

Police have hailed the woman’s bravery.

They said she would be nominated for the president’s gallantry award.

And good show on the part of the police for praising her behavior. Here they would have had to publicly say what a bad idea it is to fight back, and how such things can easily turn against the defender.

7 Responses to “Women and Guns in India”

  1. Peter says:

    According to the Illinois State Police she should have just vomited on their shoes. Apparently gastric juice works better than an AK in Illinois.

  2. Joe Huffman says:

    I just forwarded the link to two different women from India I have taken shooting (one of them I taught how to make explosives–the other gets her lesson next weekend). I’m looking forward to their responses.

  3. Billll says:

    I find the most interesting part to be that the young lady seemed to be quite familiar with the operation and handling of the AK.

  4. Jim W says:

    What gets me is that she got to keep the gun after the shooting.

  5. Joe Huffman says:

    Billll,

    You are mistaken:

    Miss Kausar said she had never fired an assault rifle before but had seen it in films and could not stand by while her father was being hurt. “I couldn’t bear my father’s humiliation. If I’d failed to kill him, they would have killed us,” she said.

    From talking to my Indian friends it seems that guns are hard, but not impossible, to legally acquire so it may be that the legal barriers were lowered in her case.

    One of the Indian women who I shared the article with said this:

    Wow! Amazing that she was able to kill the guy when she hadn’t fired a gun before! Thanks for sharing.

    The other said:

    Thats an interesting story. It is certainly inspiring as well.

    The second one is looking at Steel Challenge and USPA stages with interest…

  6. Billll says:

    A graduate of the John Woo school of shooting and self defense. I suspected that firearms instruction is not all that common in India and was wondering where she learned. I’m not complaining, mind you, if that’s the instruction available, then that’s what you learn from. She’s an excellent student in any case. Honor grad for sure.

    I know of lots of students who can’t pick up the lesson from a live instructor.

  7. Windy Wilson says:

    Actually things had already turned against the defenders, and she essentially had nothing to lose by fighting back. It is fortunate that the AK-47 was made so even the most untrained person can use it (here to the detriment of the man carrying it), and it was fortunate that the man practiced bad gun handling and did not have the safety on. I guarantee she didn’t know where the safety was when she decided to preseve the balance of karma.

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