South Africa has one of the most prohibitive and onerous gun control policies in the world. Yet, despite the drive for a gun-free South Africa, armed crimes have increased to the level where more murders have been committed in the last twenty years in SA than the last hundred years; and it seems that all the anti-gun people can do now is to come up with excuses. (Read more here.)
Notwithstanding multiple warnings by those with understanding, of dire consequences as far back as the early 90s, the South African government bowed to the pressure of the anti-gun groups and coerced law-abiding citizens to disarm themselves by handing in their weapons.
Since the Gun Control Act of 2000 came into being, the South African Police Service ALONE has “lost” almost 20 000 weapons that were destined to be destroyed. This is the “official figure”; the “actual” number is anyone’s guess. A recent article proves that the SAPS has been leaking firearms to criminals by correlating serial numbers that were handed in, with recent murders. (Read more here).
If you combine the estimated figure of 20 000 weapons lost by the SAPS; the number of weapons stolen during robberies and other crimes (no official stats available), as well as the number of weapons illegally brought into SA from neighbouring countries after the various conflicts in Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique etc etc) you have to be a total idiot not to realise that there is enough materiel (side arms, assault rifles, machine guns, ammunition, mines and other explosives) to arm a reasonably sized army.
Let me rephrase this statement for those folks who are hard-of-understanding:..
There is, right now, in South Africa a conservative estimate of more than 40 000 people armed with illegal weapons – more armed people than the amount of South African soldiers in the Operational Area during the Angolan War at any one time… If you have a lot of time you can corroborate this statement here.
What is catastrophically worse, is that practically none of these people give a tinker’s cuss about your anti-gun sentiments, and these are they who slavishly and mindlessly follow South African leaders who publicly encourage adults and indoctrinate the youth in the murder of minorities in what is internationally becoming accepted as genocide. Yes, internationally acknowledged genocide – in South Africa – in 2014 – you didn’t see that coming, did you?
So where do we sit now?
1. We now have thousands of law-abiding citizens without a weapon to defend themselves.
2. Thousands more criminals have armed themselves thanks to the thoughtless generosity of the pacifist benefactors.
3. There are no indications that things will improve any time soon – worse is expected actually.
4. As a consequence, more farmers are being murdered now, than in the history of South Africa – taking the food out of our mouths – literally. So prepare yourself for many more tear-jerking photographs and emotive articles depicting starving African children (of all ethnicities).
Naturally, I don’t wish harm or death on anyone, but the irony is inescapable… Simply put, there are going to be many South Africans who might possibly die or be maimed by their own weapons they so naively and obediently handed in.
So what’s the solution, you ask?
I think there are four possible outcomes…
1. Pursuing a gun-free world: Even those with limited understanding have to acknowledge that, since the dawn of time, humans in every culture have been possessed by an intrinsic need for murder. It doesn’t matter whether it was with rocks, spears, swords, bows & arrows, guns or bombs; where there is greed, there is murder – face the fact. A quick example from Japanese history: the feudal lords, fearing an uprising from the peasants, banned all weapons. Unlike the South African government, their governing body DID HAVE the backbone and the means to ruthlessly enforce the law. What did the peasants do? They simply fashioned weapons out of farm implements (bo, nunchaku, sai to name a few) and the revolt, and many murders, happened. So practically speaking, a gun-free world is not going to happen, is it? If you want a murder-free world, start changing people’s minds…and pacifism, like unemployment, just isn’t working.
2. Arm yourself to the teeth (legally or illegally) to live and die by the sword. This, of course also means that you had better get to know very intimately, ALL the laws surrounding gun-ownership; when you can and can’t draw and/or discharge a weapon, homicide – justifiable or culpable. It also means hours and hours of practice with your weapons – devising tactical responses and pre-emptive actions, thousands spent on ammunition and reloading. Is this practical? There are many who think so. Excluding the very few who subscribe to these principles, all of the above is totally foreign to the rest – namely your ‘average gun owner’ whom I shall divide conveniently into two basic groups: (a) the so-called ‘responsible’ gun owner and (b) the gung-ho, Rambo-styled Soldier-Of-Fortune wannabe who, because he wasn’t killed during National Service, is now suddenly a security expert. To both of these groups, a weapon is essentially more of a danger to themselves and their families than the criminal. The dozens of people in group (a) to whom I’ve spoken are proud that their weapon is safely sealed in their home safe, away from children. When going out, their weapon is generally carried in a handbag of sorts (both men and women). When asked how many rounds per month they send down the range, most of them admit to a maximum of a couple of hundred rounds per year. The majority of those in group (b) are generally ill-disciplined fools who have formulated their approach to self-defence and weapon operation from Hollywood’s appalling and fantastical output. Personally, these people are not eradicating themselves fast enough.
3. Throw up your hands and die or hope you aren’t going to be a statistic… I’ll concede that, as unpleasant as it is, this is indeed an option. Thousands of South Africans have been doing this for the past twenty years and, as there is little hope of anything changing in our country’s leadership (those morons who endorse this kind of lawless behaviour), this will probably be the option adopted by the most of current law-abiding population.
4. Leave. For those unwilling to accept any of these options, the fourth option is to leave and live in another country. This immediately prompts commentary from the smart alecs who want to tell us that there is no utopia and there is crime in other countries too. No Schmidt Sherlock! If a Shangri-La were to be discovered, you can bet your bottom dollar that the criminals would forcibly prevent entry to the likes of you and me
….and we’re back to the murder thing.