How important is the right to arms? The first thing the NP government did was deny blacks the right to firearm ownership for good reason. The NP did not want to face armed angry blacks. Governments throughout the world have done the same for the same reason. The do not want to face angry armed citizens. Would the ANC ever have collaborated with the NP on apartheid laws, it would have been suicide for the rights the ANC protected and blacks would still be under the NP jackboot. Our rights to life, safety, security and freedom are no different. They do and always have depended on arms ownership.