2008-02-19 : You can't disarm a nation that needs protection

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2008-02-19 : You can't disarm a nation that needs protection

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2008-03-07 08:21

Letter : You can't disarm a nation that needs protection

In the latest issue of the Government Gazette, Safety and Security
Minister Charles Nqakula intends to outlaw self-defence weapons.

We, the law-abiding and taxpaying citizens who catapulted the ANC into
power, are being asked to defend our hard-won freedom and liberty with
sticks and stones. Incidentally, the minister also wishes to ban the

Unbeknownst to many South Africans, banning weapons such as shockers,
batons, catapults, etc is the gateway to civilian disarmament, which
often precedes genocide.

Frequently, when presented with these deadly chronicles and the
perilous historic sequence, namely that rigid weapons control is
followed by banning, confiscation, civilian disarmament and, ultimately
authoritarianism, naive South Africans opine that it cannot happen

This is not only naive, but also a dangerous attitude because
governments have a penchant to accrue power at the expense of the
liberties of individual citizens. Civilian disarmament is not only
dangerous to one's liberties but also counter-productive in achieving

A glance at our criminal- justice system shows there are minimal or
often no consequences for criminal behaviour. Making defensive weapons
illegal will primarily disarm peaceful citizens.

There's an old saying: "The road to hell is paved with good
intentions." Wouldn't it be ironic if laws created with the purpose of
cutting back on the number of murders and deadly assaults actually had
the opposite effect?

Society's apathy and silent acquiescence regarding weapons control is
baffling, to say the least.

But make no mistake about it, we will eventually pay a hefty price if
we remain silent while we are being stealthily disarmed.

South Africa is the most violent country on earth. In this society, it
is of critical importance that we have access to the most effective
tools to protect ourselves when an overburdened and frequently
unconcerned legal system fails to do so.

Our very lives and livelihood depend on it.

Farouk Araie


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