Pistorius chose to use firearm - expert

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Cape Town - Oscar Pistorius has to take responsibility for his decision to use a firearm, Martin Hood, spokesperson for the SA Gun Owners’ Association, said on Thursday after the paralympic star allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend

“Oscar took the decision to use a firearm, not other gun owners, he must take responsibility,” he told News24.

According to Hood, Pistorius would have to prove that there was a threat of a lethal nature to claim that he acted out of self defence.

"He would have to prove that he had no option but to use lethal force and that his response was proportional to the circumstance," Hood added.

It is believed that the victim was shot four times in the head and the arm. A 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene.

Gun control debate

The gun control debate was reignited by the shooting. Social networking site Twitter was abuzz with people offering condolences but many chose to focus on the place of guns in South African society.

@Serisha_L tweeted “the #Oscar news is terribly sad but, for me, (it) is yet another reason why people should not keep guns in the home”. On the other end @Mokhojane tweeted that “...guns don’t kill people, people kill people”.

The shooting happened in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Pistorius was taken into police custody and charged with murder.

“Police will continue the investigation which includes gathering forensic evidence,” Hood told News24.

“The evidence will be collected and analysed - which cannot be done at the crime scene”.

 

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