Recently a lot of people have been upset on the SA-based gun forums and Facebook groups. The reason for this is because the people who run those groups will not let a claim that a revolver is the best option for self-defence stand unchallenged. The fights that follow leave some people bitter, feeling their life choices have been rubbished.
The previous instalment of which firearm personality type indicator applies to you was well received. So well received in fact, that people demanded a sequel that deals with the more classic, cultivated firearms that are still commonly carried today. So here, just in time for the long weekend and National Braai Day, I present to you the second coming! Oh, and don’t take these too seriously…I may own one of these myself very soon.
Training is good: we can all agree on that. Training can take many forms, be it workshops, seminars, self-taught via online resources, or through the use of good training partners. For folks in rural areas the latter options may be all they have to work with.
Here’s the problem – a weekend workshop cannot and will not make you a Jason Bourne, quasi-ninja, bone-crunching, death-dealing operator despite what the instructor on the poster tells you.
Soon it became clear that it was not all that difficult to become such a dedicated hunter or sports person. Compliance with the act in this regard was (and is) not an insurmountable barrier to entry, and soon enough a vast amount of shooters became “dedicated”.
And this is where the politics of semantics began.
You see, “dedicated” has different meanings.
On 1 September Martin Hood gave a presentation to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Policing on behalf of the South African Arms & Ammunition Dealers Association. It was very well received, and is certainly a significant contribution towards the ongoing effort to protect South African gun ownership rights. You can access the full presentation here, but for the sake of easy access I provide a brief summary of the significant points below.
Perhaps that title should read “are you ‘a’ resident, etc. But I chose it like it is. The national evolution to active neighbourhood watches, citizen patrols, Community Police Forum cooperation and general civilian mobilisation in the last five to ten years has been to the large part very encouraging. For many, many years the last word in “neighbourhood watch” was some retired dude with a chrome .38 in a Toyota Corolla and some faded yellow and black signs on random street corners mostly concealed with bougainvillea.
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.
Gun safety is no joke. Accidents, by their very nature, happen before you can react to them and with firearms the results are often devastating.
Over 30 firearms were stolen from Bellville South and Mitchell’s Plain SAPS stations during August this year. According to Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula, 15 firearms were discovered missing from Mitchell’s Plain SAPS on 25 August, and 20 firearms were discovered stolen from Bellville South SAPS on 28 August. All were 9mm Parabellum handguns, and as of present two of the stolen guns from Bellville South have been recovered, meaning 33 are still unaccounted for in total. The Hawks are investigating both cases.
In the medical field we often say “air goes in and out, blood goes round and round. Any variation of this is a problem”
With that in mind we need to prepare ourselves for the serious stuff, and I’m not talking plasters and upset stomachs here. I’m talking about an active shooter in the local mall. I’m talking about a hijacked tour bus in a foreign town. I’m really talking about the stuff that makes you think “shit, that will never happen to me.” Well folks, have you checked the news lately? It’s happening an awful lot.