For some time now gun control has been in the background, every so often moving into the public stage again when something terribly goes wrong, for example the Columbine High School massacre, and then it gets obscured again by various other issues which arise.
Sadly, the call for stricter gun control is back in light of the Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp tragedy, and now the African Nation Congress Women League and various other parties are calling for it.
I think this, is a very very very bad idea, particularly in South Africa
It would be nothing else than a collective suicide if South African law abiding citizens give up their right to defend themselves given the current state of affairs in South Africa, and the utter inhumane violent crimes which are purported against the citizens of South Africa by murderers and rapists.
In March of 2011 when Lidiwe Sisulu was still Minister of Defense it was reported that 82 000 weapons were missing from the South African National Defense Force.
In the same year it was reported that South African Police Services has lost 20 428 weapons since 2004.
Now the question begs to be asked … “Where are these weapons?”
Certainly, these weapons won’t be with the average, run of the mill Law Abiding Citizen since he would not have a need for it. He would have his own licensed weapons I would think, since he is a model citizen of South Africa.
No, it makes more sense to assume that some of the weapons were sold and left for neighboring countries while others have been found in the hands of local thugs and criminals, many of them used in violent attacks on our fellow citizens.
Of course one could argue that the weapons which were not already found in the system simply just got lost, but given the track record which the SAPS has and the corruption allegations which surface regularly against members of the Police, I’m going to go with to go with the first scenario.
It would then stand to reason that if you disarm the average citizen, that you would make him and easy target, effectively painting a bulls-eye on his back, for those who would have the need for unlicensed weapons, like criminals.
If a criminal already has very little or no moral values, with nothing to lose or fear, then what would deter him from coming into your home while you sleep to liberate some of your earthly possessions? Heaven forbid he enters your home with a darker, more sinister plan in mind.
Are you simply going to ask him nicely to leave you and your family in peace?
No, you can’t … as Dr Marthin Luther King once said, ”It is criminal to not teach a man how to defend himself”. You have to protect those who you love, those dear to you, the innocent.
Now, what if this criminal was armed with a firearm?
It would basically mean mean that we will be settings the wolves upon the flock, and this cannot be allowed to happen.
We must not forfeit our rights to defend ourselves because the Government can’t assure us that our lives will be safe in their hands. They blame all sorts of failed policies, their favorite of course, blaming the violent nature of South Africa on Apartheid, but never looking inwards, to what their corruption and greedy grabs for high paying jobs, flashy cars and fortress mansions projects down onto the still suffering, still marginalized, still uneducated, economically and socially devastated, masses.
Masses who need to eat, who need to feed their children. Masses who get pitiful handouts in the form of social grants, like the famous “Baby Grant” without permanent solutions to their grievances from Government. Instead they get empty promises, some lip service and a whole lot of dancing while singing “struggle” songs which could incite violence, like Zuma’s favorite struggle song “Umshini wami” and others like “Dubula Ibhunu” …
Remember, criminals didn’t start out as criminals, society and Government allowed this to happen …
The normal citizens then become the easy targets, those of the diminishing middle income group living in Suburbia and the poor who are still stuck in informal settlements. Never would these criminals try to steal from very well fortified mansions of political leaders who are guarded by guards with automatic machine guns purely because it is just not that easy when someone is shooting back at you, and you might actually lose the only thing you have left, your life.
Government has failed us, and now they want us to give up one of the tools we us in order to protect ourselves because they cant? Certainly, they must be mad!
Fight the Government with everything you have on this … think about it this way, had there been no violent crime, or a reason to own a weapon, then Oscar Pistorius might not have been in the situation he is in because he would not have had a gun.
The gun and Reeva are the only true innocent objects in this sad scenario. The gun didn’t fire itself, it was fired by Oscar, Oscar pulled the trigger … the gun didn’t fire itself. The fact of the matter is that this slogan rings very true.
“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”
So people, keep your guns, fight for self preservation, in fact, if possible, arm yourself, go for training. Protect yourselves and those you love.
Heaven forbid that we would need to protect ourselves from the Government or our fellow countrymen someday when our country slides down into total anarchy …