The government wants to remove the most powerful tool with which we can defend these rights from our possession, and leave us at the mercy of those who seek to impose their will on us through the use of violence and criminality.
If the Minister was genuinely concerned with reducing our levels of violent crime, he would ensure that the SAPS has proper leadership. He would ensure that its members are looked after, properly paid, properly trained, and properly equipped. He would ensure the borders are secured and thoroughly patrolled.
Like any intricate, expensive, dangerous, rare, item that carries a lot of responsibility to own or use, a firearm rates among the highest. Hence, the current Law (FCA 2000) quite rightly enforces a standard of physical proficiency and competency and legal knowledge before you take your new weapon out of the shop.
Every now and then a bit of sensational reporting will see the light of day, usually with a click-baitey headline intended to rouse emotions and outrage, that serves to propagate a complete misrepresentation of what happened during the aftermath of a shooting in private defence.
Having lived through one such incident myself, and knowing many others who have done the same, I would like to shed a little light on the matter and expose the truth of what really happens.
HuntEx and the long-weekend has kept me away from the keyboard, so an update is overdue. I do not pretend to be of legal qualification, so I will let Martin Hood do all the explaining on this one.
All three court cases relating to the issue of expired firearm licence cards are being heard simultaneously in the North Gauteng High Court today.
Readers of this blog may find themselves familiar with the recent overreach (and that is an understatement) of Western Cape FLASH, and their intimidation and harassment of firearm dealerships and expired licence card holders in the province. The list of sins committed by this wayward department is a long one. Fortunately for us citizens the SAPS is still very much staffed by dedicated and ethical people, who share our frustrations. Below follows a verbatim message from an anonymous police officer that reached my via a chain of sources. Thank you for taking the time to write this, whomever and wherever you are.
This has not been a particularly good Easter weekend for the authorities. Early on Good Friday morning several criminals raided 9 SA Infantry Battalion’s base in Khayelitsha, and escaped with six R4 automatic rifles and ammunition. Later the same day a report in the Daily Dispatch surfaced about a Dimbaza SAPS constable who is on the run after stealing five firearms from a police station.
Early this morning five armed criminals robbed the 9 SA Infantry Battalion’s base in Harare, Khayelitsha.
Five. Criminals. Robbed. An. Infantry. Battalion.
This is a familiar battle-cry from emotional, oversensitive people who harbour a deep-seated dislike for firearms and those who own them.