In response to a factually inaccurate Parliamentary press release “Police Committee Supports Firearm Amnesty for 2017”, Gun Owners SA’s Paul Oxley, who was present at the proceedings on the day in question, sent the following email to Temba Gubula of the Parliamentary Communication Services.
Simply put there are the “few” that are leading the gun rights fight in this country: it is a fight for decent and fair laws and administrative justice for all South African gun owners.
A series of penetrating questions were asked by MPs during yesterday’s Parliamentary Portfolio Committee sitting in which the SAPS proposed firearm amnesty, which did not have the required approval of Parliament, was unceremoniously thrown out.
by Rouen Heiberg
The shooting and firearms game has changed significantly over the last decade or so. Much of this can be attributed to the Internet, YouTube and just the fact that the world is changing. Many veterans of various theatres are moving into the training industry, some better than others. Unfortunately, this also created an environment where everybody who fancies himself an expert now has his own soapbox.
The human ego has probably killed more people than Pol Pot, and a cursory glance through any newspaper will provide ample evidence that it isn’t planning to let up anytime soon. People become deeply emotionally invested in the strangest things, varying from consumer products they happen to buy (probably a derivative of buyers’ remorse), to the performance of sports teams they happen to support, to how other people park their cars.
There is this strange, almost cult-like belief among certain firearm owners that those who advocate carrying anything more than 5 rounds of ammunition (God forbid you even think of a spare magazine, you Rambo), then you must be a paranoid delusional git who expects to become involved in Hollywood-esque firefights around every corner as you attempt valiantly to pop down to the grocer for some crisps. Probably including a bitching Metallica backtrack and bullet-time effects as you dodge-roll through rush hour traffic.
President Jacob Zuma’s remarks that the possibility of making South Africa a gun-free country attests of his ignorance, Dr. Pieter Groenewald, the VF Plus’ chief spokesperson on the Police said.
Dr. Groenewald said that although everyone condemns the murders of police members, attention should be given to the training and alertness of police members. Proper training and “street survival” should take place.
Uber, the San Francisco headquartered transportation network company, has banned all of its drivers and riders from carrying guns.
It is a new rule as of the 10th of June, and applies across all national and state boundaries. Anyone in contravention of the policy may be booted from the Uber platform and lose all access.
The reason for this sudden rule change?
“We seek to ensure that everyone using the Uber digital platform—both driver-partners and riders—feels safe and comfortable using the service.”
The difference between inaccurate information about self-defence and firearms versus inaccurate information about what species Bruce Jenner’s dog is, is that the former can land people in serious trouble. Bad advice has gotten people arrested, seriously injured, and even killed. What makes it worse is that such outcomes are entirely avoidable.
It has been an eventful time for legally armed South Africans. During the past quarter there have been a myriad of successful defensive gun uses (DGUs for short) by ordinary citizens, placing the effectiveness of armed self-defence in the spotlight again.