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"The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary,
exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. Liberty is not a thing for
the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and
disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special
sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty – and he is usually an outlaw in
democratic societies." –- H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun, Feb. 12, 1923
"Most men do not desire liberty; most only wish for a master that doesn't beat them."
-- Sallust 86-34BC.
21 August 2014: Police
generals in charge of the central firearms registry office were on Wednesday told to return to Parliament's police committee with a clear
action plan including targets, time frames and budgets to ensure the effective running of the registry.
11 July 2014: The Advertising Standards Authority rules that "If your stolen gun was there,
so were you" is misleading and in breach of the Code of Advertising Practice.
26 June 2014: You can almost see Gideon Joubert's words still hanging in the air, and
by the team uncovered a racket involving the fraudulent issuing of firearm licences to applicants".
20 June 2014: Gideon Joubert
chats to Rowena Baird on SAFM, as a follow-up to
PoliticsWeb article "Gun control in SA has failed totally". As expected there's some bleating
from the hoplophobes as well.
20 June 2014: Michael Z Williamson quotes
a paper by Chakraborty, Chaudhary, and Bos on methods
to avoid being raped:
- Victims crying or pleading were raped 96% of the time
- Victims who loudly screamed were raped between 44% and 50% of the time
- Victims who ran were raped 15% of the time
- Victims who forcefully resisted (without a weapon) were raped 14% of the time
- Women who resisted with knives or guns were raped less than 1% of the time
30 May 2014: The Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that
Jaco Scott was in fact wrongfully arrested for having a firearm in his possession while being under the influence of alcohol.
While it is a bad idea to drink while carrying a firearm, it is not an offence to do so -- it's an offence to handle a
firearm while under the influence of alcohol, but it is not an offence to have a firearm in your possession.
4 June 2014: So the SAPS gave a whole bunch of
guns, including at least one military (full auto) R1 to criminals insted of destroying them? Yes, that happens.
5 May 2014: Interview on CCTV Africa,
South Africa has between 2 and 3 Million Licenced Firearms.
24 March 2014: Mail and Guardian Thought Leader:
need more gunowners in South Africa, not less.
17 March 2014: We
a mention in the Daily Maverick.
For over a year, we've been told by the media that the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp by Oscar Pistorius has
"sparked a renewed debate about gun ownership in South Africa"
Yes, we've been told that by the media. They're about the only people who want
this debate, because it will happen on their pages and bring them much needed revenue.
Look people, we went around this buoy before. We got (much) stricter gun control. It didn't affect
criminals, because here in South Africa our criminals don't respect the law.
But enforcing laws cost money, it's cheaper to keep the talk show circus going.
5 March 2014: The Afrikaans newspaper Die Beeld reports that the
South African Police lost
10 000 firearms in the past five years. Apparently the good news is that they managed to
recover 2 794 of these firearms.
22 November 2013: Setting a good example, but
he needs to learn to shoot!
Johannesburg - Crime Line head Yusuf Abramjee and his family were held up at gunpoint at their home in Erasmia home this morning.
Shots were fired, but no one was injured.
It's understood several gunmen cut the electric fence and gained entry to Abramjee's home where they held him and his wife at gunpoint.
Abramjee's son heard the commotion, drew his firearm and confronted the suspects.
As the suspects fled, Abramjee drew his own firearm and exchanged gunfire with the robbers.
The men escaped with his vehicle and some personal items.
21 October 2013:
Secretary General Ronald Noble said today the U.S. and the rest of the democratic world is at a security crossroads in the
wake of last month's deadly al-Shabab attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya - and suggested an answer could be in
30 August 2013: A
comparison suggests there's little or no link between video games and gun murders.
29 August 2013: Kieno Kammies (567 CapeTalk) interviewed Liza Grobler, author of Crossing the Line -- when Cops
become Criminals. Listen to it
local copy here. And
buy the book.
(Spoiler: between 10% and 30% of policemen and -women are corrupt).
29 August 2013: Take note of these two interesting studies. The first from
the Center for
Disease Control states that "firearms are used more for self-defense than they are in the commission of crimes" and the second from
Harvard concludes that banning firearms will not reduce murder or
25 July 2013: Twenty years ago, a massacre was
stopped well short of its intended target by one good man with a gun. We
remember those whose lives were lost and tragically changed on that day.
12 July 2013: Give the Auditor General six million rands
and Nkandla goes away.
12 July 2013: GOSA press release.
19 March 2013: From the PMG
... the total value of the contract came to R412.5 million. Despite this, the contract had still not been fulfilled 70 months after the deadline
... For SAPS to say it would learn from their mistakes in the future was to admit that they did not know what they were doing
... The Chairperson put it to SAPS that less than 2% of the Firearms Contract had been completed. She asked for their understanding of 'completion'.
She said that there had been four people who were supposed to be providing assistance from SITA and that there was now only one left.
... Lt-Gen Ngubane said that the old firearms control system was still being used but not in its original form as it was constantly being updated
... The only surprising thing here is that people seem surprised by this.
(Minutes also available
12 March 2013: Paul Oxley on a BBC documentary. For those of you who, like me,
can't watch documentaries like this, the fun starts just before the 44 minute mark.
22 February 2012: "So when Gun Free SA
and others loudly proclaim that the main source for illegal weapons is theft and loss by legal owners one needs to take a very sceptical view --
a detailed analysis on news24.
20 February 2013: Paul Oxley (GOSA) debates Adele Kirsten (GFSA)
on Eusebius Mckaiser's show on
CapeTalk and 702.
17 February 2013: GOSA quoted in the
and Global Post.
6 February 2013: Gun Free South Africa wants to
audit the Central Firearm Registry. It appears that they think
the new Firearms Control Act is not working properly -- "We have no confidence in the registry -- Adele Kisten".
Well, surprise, surprise. Gun Owners of South Africa cautioned that the Act can't work, even before it
was implemented. Like GFSA, we also want an audit. A full audit. How much has the Firearm Control Act
cost to implement, and how well does it meet its stated goals?
Here's the money quote, though: "what this means is that all of us, those who are not armed, are not safe -- Adele Kisten".
5 February 2013: While we cannot condone drinking and driving, a
recent court judgement
rules that being caught drunk behind the wheel does not automatically disqualify you from having firearms.