More and more people have now started looking at firearms not as tools to defend and protect but as instruments of evil
Lately we have had the anti Gun lobby working over time trying to ‘Deweaponise Karachi and eventually the whole of Pakistan. ‘Deweaponisation’ is touted as both a mantra and a panacea of every evil that plagues our land. ‘Have been’ celebrities like Khalid Anum have also jumped this band wagon and proclaim their ‘love’ for the country by trying to remove ‘licensed firearms’ from the homes and the streets.
Naturally they offer no solution as to how to remove the vast number of illegal weapons that are ‘actually’ used to commit crimes.
The most vehement anti-gun proponents, both NGOs and politicians of course, have large numbers of ‘armed’ guards who protect their homes and loves ones 24/7. If ‘just’ the other law enforcement agencies are not good enough for them. Why do they think they are enough and indeed more then enough for people who do have neither the resources nor the privilege of moving in heavily armed and escorted convoys
Things have come to such an impasse that one cannot even go out on the street without looking at an image of a man dropping a gun into a dustbin screen printed on almost every public space! The purpose of such pressure groups and NGOs is to eventually force the govt. into banning all legal weapons and confiscating such fire arms from the law abiding public.
I wonder just how effective this campaign is in persuading the criminal elements into throwing down their weapons and living a life free from crime. People like the infamous “white Corolla” Rapist. A man known for raping a child in the back seat while her mother was held hostage at gun point in the front seat.
That particular individual once gave a choice to a newly married husband who just had dinner with his family at Karachi’s Upscale ‘Bar-B-Que Tonite’ restaurant. The choice was who to kidnap? His bride or his sister? The anguished husband chose his bride and saved his unmarried sister. But the emotional trauma proved too much for him to handle. When his wife was casually thrown out of the car a couple of days later. It was too late for him. He had already committed suicide.
A rising star in the pharmaceutical industry, his home has been shattered. Death is inevitable for all of us. But one wonders had he had a licensed fire arm and the necessary training to defend himself and his loved ones. Maybe it would not have been him who died. But his tormentors…. Who went to on continue their spree since there was no one who ever offered any resistance.
Hajiano, the alleged ‘white corrolla’ rapist was eventually arrested. But has been held without any charges since women survivors of such a ghastly crime in our socio-cultural milieu almost never speak out in public on what is perceived to be the ‘disgrace’ of the entire family.
Doubtless one day he will be set free to continue yet another reign of terror on the streets. After all this is not the first time he has been arrested and released.
Sadly, his, is the only case that made the limelight. There are countless similar predators preying on the week and the helpless. Why helpless? Because thanks to the increasingly strident clamour of the anti-gun lobby. More and more people have now started looking at firearms not as tools to defend and protect but as instruments of evil. Whose mere possession makes a person in league with the devil.
Written By: Tahir Shabbir Attarwala