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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.
More on partnership
Dear Firearm Owner
What GOSA is
GOSA is an association made up of supporters. We present ourselves in the
form of an Institute because that term best encapsulates our functions of
research, advice, public awareness and advocacy.
What GOSA isn't
- GOSA is not a recreational or sport shooting organisation.
- GOSA does not host shooting events.
- GOSA does not award certificates nor do they provide accreditation.
GOSA’s core objectives
- To force the repeal of the Firearms Control Act (FCA) of 2000.
- To ensure the right to keep and bear arms.
- To promote and establish a Victim’s Charter.
- To educate the broader public to the importance of the right to choose to keep and bear arms.
How will GOSA achieve these goals?
Through timeously identifying threats and opposition to each of the core
goals. GOSA will make use of any legal means to achieve its ambitions. This
usually entails disseminating information to the broader public and
pro-firearm allies, whilst at the same time planning and executing
deliberate strategies to counter opposition initiatives.
GOSA’s strategies up to now has been to rally public support by means of
dissemination and exposing key pieces of information e.g. the
constitutionality of the FCA, abuse of power etc., specifically in regard to
the new law. This is however no more than other organisations have been
doing up to now. (We have seen the question asked at the media launch of
GOSA How is GOSA different from all the other pro-firearms groupings? Is
this not perhaps an indication that people possibly want to see a far more
GOSA has had some success in playing the media game. A deliberate strategy,
that of brinkmanship, has probably been instrumental in forcing government
to talk with what it perceives to be more moderate pro-firearm groupings.
The point is that nothing is being achieved with these meetings, the
Minister only talks about certain non-critical issues, and refuses to
discuss the heart of the matter, repealing the FCA. In the wake of the
meeting, additional regulations and amendments to "further tighten up the
Act" are being introduced.
We have to show government we are serious. We believe you encouraging your
friends to partner with GOSA can achieve this.
GOSA’s structure must remain as originally proposed, that of the classic
cell structure. Through this structure a member will be able to exercise
his/her right to influence the affairs of the organisation.
Queries regarding ownership, licencing or sports activities may be posted
and answered on
our website forum.
If you have not yet completed the
partnership form, please do so
using your Credit Card or by
downloading the form and faxing it and proof of payment to Diane
at : 086-615-6262.
Charl van Wyk
On behalf of the GOSA Exco
10 February 2006