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White House gets a Hindu perspective on gun violence

As the US debates gun control policies in the aftermath of several tragedies, a Hindu organisation has provided to the White House its perspective on gun violence,
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The recommendations were submitted by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) to US Vice President Joe Biden, who invited the body along with representatives of other faiths to seek diverse views on the problem of gun violence and how to address it.

This is apparently one of the rare occasions that a Hindu body has been invited by the White House to present its perspective on such an important national issue,
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“Hindus affirm the inherent divinity of all beings and recognise that for the welfare of society, a balance is required between one’s individual rights,
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“Hindu teachings also proffer the dual concept of ahimsa (non harming) and himsa (harm or violence). While Hindus have the highest duty to practice ahimsa in their every thought, word, and action, Hindu scripture has also very clearly detailed realities which may necessitate himsa,” it said.

It said Hindu scriptures and history is replete with examples of the individual sacrificing for the greater good and living up to the ideals of ahimsa,
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In the wake of America’s latest gun massacre and in the context of the wisdom offered by Hindu teachings for maintaining a just and peaceful society, HAF put forth recommendations including maintaining a computerised database of gun sales and lifting limits on state and local law enforcement ability to use traced data in civil proceedings to

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