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rDigital

(2,239 posts)
Wed Sep 12, 2012, 12:56 PM Sep 2012

Sikhs Want Their Own Guns After Temple Shooting Massacre

http://www.businessinsider.com/sikhs-want-their-own-guns-after-temple-shooting-massacre-2012-9

While the Sikh religion is known for its commitment to peace and non-violence, some of its members have said enough is enough in the wake of the recent shooting. According to a Fox News story, some Sikhs are seeking to purchase firearms in order to avoid a repeat of the temple massacre.
“I think that being able to legally obtain and carry a gun is the best thing any Sikh can do, especially after 9/11 where there have been over 800 documented cases of harassment and violence against us,” Sim J. Singh, a Sikh who lives in Florida, told Fox.
Sikhs are required by the religion to carry a ceremonial knife at all times for self-defense. The president of the Wisconsin temple apparently tried to fend Page off with a butter knife before he was killed by the gunman.


Sikhs are required by their religion to carry a dagger to defend the innocent. The handgun is the modern day dagger. They now see how big of a soft target they are while they are massed together unarmed in a religious service.

Not only that, but Sikhs have been the target of numerous hate crimes since 9/11.

For some reason people that are dumb enough to engage in hate crimes can't tell the difference between Sikh and Islam. There are some real brainiacs in the hate group pool.

I'm happy to see that people of all religions and ethnicities are taking personal responsibility for their protection and that of their loved ones.
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Sikhs Want Their Own Guns After Temple Shooting Massacre (Original Post) rDigital Sep 2012 OP
Yes, update that knife to a gun. N/T GreenStormCloud Sep 2012 #1
Kinda silly to neglect your rights until after an attack. ileus Sep 2012 #2
Bravo! discntnt_irny_srcsm Sep 2012 #3
Solid post. nt rDigital Sep 2012 #5
ty :) n/t discntnt_irny_srcsm Sep 2012 #6
500 years from now will they be carrying around symbolic pop-guns? 4th law of robotics Sep 2012 #4

ileus

(15,396 posts)
2. Kinda silly to neglect your rights until after an attack.
Wed Sep 12, 2012, 02:27 PM
Sep 2012

but at least they're looking toward a more progressive stance on self defense.

discntnt_irny_srcsm

(18,506 posts)
3. Bravo!
Wed Sep 12, 2012, 02:48 PM
Sep 2012

"Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." - W. Churchill

Self-preservation and self-defense are requites in a productive life. A commitment to non-violence to the point of death is a black hole in society. While the death of an individual or group may make a social statement, it usually doesn't highlight a best solution to anything but deaths of those killed.

Non-aggression is very reasonable goal. Failing in your own self-defense is functionally equivalent to helping plan your own murder.

 

4th law of robotics

(6,801 posts)
4. 500 years from now will they be carrying around symbolic pop-guns?
Thu Sep 13, 2012, 09:54 AM
Sep 2012

Good for them for realizing the problem and addressing it.

I would hope that they couple this with some kind of training program run through their religious organization.

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