Minimum Force. If any two words have caused more headaches in my life those come above “Election Duties”, “Monday morning” and even “double rum”. I have always had a little chuckle when, in the middle of being lectured about law by the most irritating person in the bar, he starts on about when HE was in the army they still used the all magical and powerful R-1. But his was actually an Eff-Enn, which made him somewhat more superior than all the other okes who didn’t get to go to the border. Like it was some sort of national secret, he says the reason THEY had THEIR Arr-wunns taken away and issued with “those” Arr-foors was because the Arr-foor was like less powerful and therefore commensurate with Minimum Force.
Way back in October 2000, a gentleman by the name of Dr. Richard Wesson wrote a research paper placing the conclusions of Prof. John Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime in a South African context. This is an incredibly important piece of academic work, and I was saddened and disappointed of only recently learning of its existence, nearly 18 years later. None the less, this body of work remains completely relevant, and it is a highly important read for all South Africans who care about their constitutional Right to Life.
The discussions concerning firearm ownership and gun rights can be an intimidating and confusing quagmire of half-truths, myths, and pseudo-factoids masquerading as good information. Newspapers and online forums are filled with bad advice that rubs shoulders with informed opinion. Here I present the top 7 most infamous gun myths, and why they are total balderdash.
Rich Best wrote an article on the differences between training and practice which I strongly recommend each person to read, indeed this essay is a direct result of what he eloquently put down and should be seen as an expansion of his thoughts.
For years I’ve lived with a go-bag within easy reach. My girlfriend and even my kids know what it is and where to find it. Often enough they’ve had to pick it up from the study and bring it out to me as I’ve done a drive past to collect it.
I think it is important to emphasise the fact that this upstanding citizen committed his crimes with an unlicenced firearm. He is not a legal gun owner: he is a criminal scumbag.
If you have spent any time online reading about firearm ownership, self-defence applications pertaining to guns, or sport shooting you will certainly have seen a lot of emphasis placed on getting proper training initially, and about periodic recurrent training. At the very least you will be encouraged to practice the skills you learnt in training. So what is the difference between training and practice, and why are they important?
“Sarge”, the Constable began, “you wont believe this haas (civilian) I was talking to.” I remember looking up, hoping upon hope this might be slightly more interesting than checking the charge office registers at 3am. “What?” I offered a bit more excited than I felt. This response seemed to offer the young man more enthusiasm for his story than I intended.
At some point we have to confront the reality that the regulation of inanimate objects has been a highly unsuccessful method to regulate human behaviour.
Gun control legislation in Germany is a quagmire of bureaucratic red tape layered with tiers upon tiers of compliance requirements. Theunis Pretorius is a South African residing in Germany on a permanent basis, and he has recently gone through the arduous process of obtaining his first licenced firearms there. Here he tells us a little about his experience, and what he learned from the process.