2007-10-19 : Warning shots fired and muggers 'vanish'

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2007-10-19 : Warning shots fired and muggers 'vanish'

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-11-06 07:29

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Warning shots fired and muggers 'vanish'
Andisiwe Makinana
October 19 2007 at 02:25PM

Firing a volley of warning shots saved a Claremont artist from certain mugging in Cecilia Forest in the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) this week.

Russell Travers was walking his dog at around 6.30pm on Wednesday when three knife-wielding men tried to rob him.

Travers, who carries his hand-gun with him on his walks, fired several warning shots, sending the trio scurrying into the woods.

Travers told the Cape Argus on Thursday that five minutes before the incident he had walked past the same men who were sitting next to a stream drinking water.

"I had greeted them and walked on," he said.




"I wasn't suspicious or anything, although one of them had become really friendly when I greeted.

"Now that I'm thinking about it there was a tsotsi element to the guys," he said.

Travers said as he went up the trail to a higher point his dog became restless as if it was sensing that something was amiss.

Shortly afterwards, the men appeared about 6 metres from him.

"One had a knife and a rock and was aiming for the dog while the other two, also carrying knives, were coming for me. I pulled out my gun and fired six shots in the air.

"It's a small handgun but makes a hell of a lot of noise.

"I've never seen three people vanish that fast," said Travers.

He said the incident happened about 3km from the car park in Cecilia Forest.

"It's a zig-zag path. I was on the left side of the park walking to the right-hand side."

Travers said although he knew the track well he hadn't been up that track in the past six months. "I'm not upset or terrified and I will go back to walk," he said.

Travers said he didn't report the incident to the police "because there was no way they would have caught them".

TMNP said they were not aware of the incident and their patrol personnel hadn't reported such an incident.

This year, the park has been beset by a string of muggings, resulting in authorities beefing up security amid a huge public outcry.


This article was originally published on page 5 of Cape Argus on October 19, 2007
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2007-10-23 : Letters : Walk softly but carry a big stick

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-11-06 07:31

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October 23, 2007 Edition 1
Hikers must walk softly but carry a big stick


Russell Travers, the hiker who saw off mountain muggers with his gun, has
provided us with valuable anecdotal insight on the issue of private
firearms ownership.


Gun Free South Africa has, in its "research", tried to show that carrying a
concealed firearm is not beneficial to society.


It claimed that criminals "know" which civilian is armed and thus the
concealed carrying of firearms is futile. Travers's experience has shown
that criminals do not have X-Ray vision, otherwise they would have chosen
an unarmed, soft target.


"I'm not upset or terrified and I will go back to walk." This quote by
Travers is testimony to the beauty of private firearms ownership and its
empowerment of victims in the face of this criminal onslaught.


Emilio Halepopoulos
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2007-10-23 : Letter

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-11-06 07:32

The article about Russel Travers (Cape Argus, October 19) fighting off
attackers proved yet again what we as law-abiding firearm owners have been
saying for years - firearms in the hands of good citizens prevent crime.


The police should be encouraging every responsible man, woman and child to
have a firearm and to shoot criminals when necessary. This namby-pamby
criminals-have-all-the-rights business has got to stop.


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2007-10-24 : Letter : Time to take a shot at the mountain mu

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-11-06 07:52

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Time to take a shot at the mountain muggers
October 24, 2007 Edition 1

After the Kruger National Park, Table Mountain and the bay at its feet must
rate as South Africa's biggest tourist attraction.

I know of visitors who weep at the sight of our "Old Flat-top".

For months now we have read about the muggers on Table Mountain ("Shots
send muggers scurrying at Cecilia Park", Cape Argus, October 19).

The police have pontificated and held meetings and done nothing. Not one
police patrol is seen on the mountain. The once pleasant Sunday stroll on
shady Newlands footpaths is now a thing of the past for many of our citizens.

The police deny responsibility even though Section 205 of our constitution
states that "the objects of the police services are to prevent, combat and
investigate crime". All the authorities can offer as a solution is a little
plastic whistle.

Who will answer when it is blown? Will it bring more muggers to a desperate
victim? Will it simply warn off other walkers? Or will they respond and
also become victims?

My spirit was lifted when I read in the same edition about Russell Travers'
defence of himself, his hound and his dignity when he single-handedly sent
three muggers running for their lives.

Well done! And how did he do it? He used his pistol in a responsible
manner. Nobody was injured, the footpads were sent scuttling and our
intrepid hiker stood tall with smoking gun in hand!

Good thing he didn't report the incident to the police as they would likely
have charged him with disturbing the peace! We do not have to submit to the
criminals running rampant in our society.

All it takes is a responsibly armed citizen prepared to do his (or her)
civic duty. There's an old saying: "Armed you're a citizen, disarmed you're
a subject." Now which are we?

D G Lazzarich
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2007-10-24 : Armed citizens are the answer to armed crooks

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-11-06 07:52

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Brief Points
October 24, 2007 Edition 1

Armed citizens are the answer to armed crooks

Your report about Russell Travers's successful defence against multiple
armed attackers is particularly relevant to the well-publicised problem of
attacks in Table Mountain National Park (Cape Argus, October 19).

All manner of labour intensive or costly methods of dealing with the
problem have been proposed when the obvious answer has been so well
demonstrated by Travers at no cost except a few rounds of ammunition.

The only practical antidote to the armed criminal is the armed citizen. The
US is the only country to openly embrace the right to self-defence and the
right to carry arms.

And it is the only country to have substantially reduced its crime in the
past 20 years.

When will proven solutions take precedence over politics?

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