to a whole new level:
MUMBAI: The state constabulary was grossly unprepared to deal with the worst-ever terror attacks on the metropolis because of an acute shortage
of weapons and ammunition.
How bad a shortage?
In the absence of a firing range and of ammunition for practice, members of the law enforcement agencies have not opened fire in the last ten years. ‘‘I’ve been in the police force for a long time, but I had no occasion to open fire for practice,’’ a senior inspector of police said.
Ten bloody years. Not just officially, remember; India is one of those places they make it as hard as they can to allow the peasants- which includes the police- to privately own a firearm, so there's no chance for them to practice on their own, either. And if the government isn't willing to see that you practice, why should you worry about it, right? After all, apparently the firearm is mostly a badge of office as opposed to an actual fighting weapon.
The manual also prescribes mandatory training for all officials, especially shooting practice at the firing range. According to a senior IPS official, the norms prescribed in the manual now exist only on paper because of the acute shortage of ammunition for practice and the non-availability of a firing range.
As per the rules, every district should have a firing range exclusively for the police. But official records indicate that more than half the state’s districts have no independent firing range.
‘‘We have constables who have not opened fire even for practice ever since their recruitment,’’ the official said.
There is no excuse for this. Period. None at all.
So we know the truth, the reason so many of them didn't fire at the bad guys was they didn't know how. And how many people died because of it?