Another 5 Undying Gun Ownership Myths

The previous instalment of 7 stubborn gun ownership myths that plainly refuse to kick the bucket was well received, but it was unfortunately not exhaustive – there are plenty more strange, stupid, and just-plain-crazy stories out there that masquerade as the truth. Here, for your reading pleasure. are 5 more nonsense stories I found. 

1. Your FCA “White Card” licence replaces your old “Green Card” licence

I recently did a write-up explaining Judge Bill Prinsloo’s 2009 North Gauteng High Court ruling, so I do not feel that it is necessary to go into it all again. The premise of South African law is that it requires nothing more than plain English interpretation. Judge Prinsloo ordered that all licences previously considered valid were to remain valid – he did not make any exceptions to his order, and he said absolutely nothing about people who applied for new FCA licences being excluded from benefitting from it. It is the opinion of not only GOSA’s legal counsel, but a broad spectrum of advocates and attorneys who specialise in firearm-related law that this is in fact true. I am therefore not even remotely hesitant to refer to it as a consensus among legal minds, and consider the matter as settled: all “Green Card” and ID book licences are valid. The next time somebody disputes this, ask them what exactly their legal qualifications happen to be. That usually settles the argument rather expeditiously.

2. Car holsters are a good idea

We’ve all seen those sexy, sexy pieces of Kydex and leather that some people have retrofitted (in a variety of ingenious ways) to the interior of their car. I suppose I should be ruefully thankful that the sort of person who gravitates towards this type of gimmick will at least not be driving with their “gat” wedged under their thigh anymore. The honest truth is that these things are a bad idea. As bad as drinking out of an open sewer next to an abattoir in the middle of Mumbai. For what conceivable reason do you want to wilfully separate yourself from your firearm in a situation where you most need it? Because that is exactly what is going to happen if you get pulled from your vehicle – you are going to be outside with the bad men, and your gun is going to stay behind in the car. This is not a good thing. Also, considering the dubious manner in which many of these things are mounted, in the event of an accident there is going to be a high likelihood of your firearm flying off somewhere, and goodness knows where it is going to come to a stop. Both of these lessons were learnt the hard way by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the 1986 FBI Miami shootout. A number of special agents died that day because they became separated from their weapons in the aftermath of a car chase. Carry your firearm where it belongs: in a holster on your body.

3. “Plastic” handguns are rubbish / blow-up all the time

This is a gun forum favourite – some fellow finds a photo (minus all relevant context, of course) of a Glock (usually a Glock) that has spilled its guts and blown its top in a ballistically impressive fashion. It is just metal shavings and plastic splinters – the very picture of polymer anguish. Within minutes the keyboard vultures will descend upon the carcass: “Should have bought a CZ!” “You won’t see that happen to a 1911!” “Peh! Glockfag should have stuck to shooting revolvers, like a real mayun!” “I have been shooting a Browning HP for literally 3000 years, and put 200 rounds through it, and it never did this!” You get the drill. Sadly for these Birds of Offal, any handgun, regardless of what material it is made of, will blow up if the shooter creates the correct conditions for said firearm to explode. The usual culprit is a reloading experiment gone horribly awry. I have seen Glocks blow their stacks due to out-of-limits ammunition (it is impressive to witness), only for them to be put back together and function perfectly fine. There are plenty of pictures of whatever your favourite gun happens to be lying in pieces on somebody’s desk. Even CZs and 1911s. Just go Google it.

4. The best caliber for a woman is .22LR

Oh my. I may be going out on a limb here, but I’m guessing whomever is propagating this pearl of wisdom doesn’t get laid particularly often. Now look, .22LR has some great features: it’s cheap, it has no recoil, it isn’t very loud, and it is fun. What it is not, is particularly useful for anything more than target shooting and varminting. It is most certainly not a remotely respectable cartridge for self-defence, and having seen plenty of .22 pistols suffer failures on range, it is frankly not a reliable enough platform either. Is it better than a pointy stick? Maybe, maybe not – it depends how pointy the stick is. I have seen women shoot all handgun calibers, from 9mmP all the way to .44 Magnum. I have seen them run IPSC stages with 12-gauge shotguns. I have seen women shoot rifles of all bores, be it .223 Remington or .50 BMG. The idea that they somehow cannot handle, and enjoy, firearms in calibers larger than .22 is grandiosely stupid. Almost as stupid as telling them .38 Special snub-nosed revolvers are just what they need.

5. Shooting an unarmed attacker will get you locked up.

South African law does not differentiate between an armed and unarmed attacker. The only requirements for the use of lethal force, is that an imminent or ongoing attack, which is potentially life-threatening in its nature, is initiated against an innocent third-party. There have been several high-profile cases in South African media the past few years regarding people who shot dead unarmed attackers, and were subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing by the court. It is important to understand that just because an assailant is not armed, it does not mean that they cannot effectively kill. Context is, however, of extreme importance, such as when there is a notable size and age difference between the attacker and the defender – one cannot expect a frail, 75-year-old woman to effectively defend herself against an “unarmed” 90 kilogram man in his late 20s that seeks to do her harm by use of only her bare hands. It would therefore obviously be completely justifiable for her to use lethal force to stop the attack. In contrast, an average-sized man would probably struggle to motivate why he had to shoot an unarmed person half his size, unless he was being attacked by Jackie Chan. Like all things in the realm of lethal force, context is everything, and oversimplification is usually nothing more than nonsense.

If you happen to stumble upon more examples of gun ownership mythology, please do forward them to me.

9 thoughts on “Another 5 Undying Gun Ownership Myths

  1. I am 65yrs old. Have had major brain surgery thus have a plate in my head. I cannot afford any major bumps against my head, results of which can be catastrophic.
    I also have severe damage to both my knees whereas i cannot srabd long. Although i weigh 105 kg i seriously cannot get involved in a physical confrontation.
    Question is; If i had to be attacked and used a firearm on my attacker, would it be justified, although i hope this never arrises?
    We live on a farm in a high risk area.

    Kind regards

    Chris Barendse


    • Dear Chis. I whole heartedly respect your determination to exercise your choice not to be a victim despite what may be considered debilitating limitations. The law simply requires you to behave in a responsible manner. Every situation is judged on its individual merits, not on arbitory constructs, and according to the personal physical, psychological and emotional factors involved. My opinion is, without knowing the full details of your condition, that it is highly optimistic to send you to a jiu jitsu class to learn some “less than lethal” method of self defense. With the knowledge that any severe assault on you could cost you your life it is pretty safe to assume that such an attack would be considered mortal. Whether by fist, stick or knife. Although the burden of proof is on the defender in a justification of self defence, you as potential victim do not have to prove the intention of your attacker but prove the result of the attack would have in all reasonable manner resulted in your death.
      My true advice to you is not concern yourself with the “what if”. I believe in being judged by 12 than carried by 6. You have a long lesuirely time to prepare a statement and obtain legal counsel after an incident. You dont have the luxury of time DURING an attack to ponder these things and weigh your options. Sir I wish you well and sincerely appreciate you being a law abiding, confident member of the community. Bless you sir.

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  2. I came across a pearler the other day.
    A salesman at a reputable gun store suggested that I stack my magazines with both full metal jacket and hollow points. He suggested that the first two rounds be FMJ so that two attackers can be shot at once when standing in from of each other, to which I replied “what if it’s my wife behind that attacker?” – he just stared blankly back at me.

    It seems this myth is not yet dead, and that the scene from the movie XXX with Vin Diesel, where he loads up his revolver with an assortment of futuristic ammo and sedatives has stuck in the minds of firearm owners.

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