Media Release, 15 February 2013

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Media Release, 15 February 2013

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2013-02-15 19:52

Gun Owners of South Africa (GOSA) Media Release, 15 February 2013

The extremely unfortunate event in which it is alleged that Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has already evoked calls for more stringent firearm control in South Africa and also brought about much comment on the issue of femicide.

Gun Owners of South Africa's Brett Nortje in 2006 exposed the academic fraud perpetrated by the Medical Research Council's "MRC POLICY BRIEF No. 5, June 2004" regarding femicide in SA.

Nortje pointed out that flawed conclusions were draw from the data sets.

A few of the issues raised by Nortje include that, "Although half of all white families own guns, with whites constituting only 10% of the population, the rate at which white women are the victims of intimate femicide, are about a quarter of the national average.

Thus, there would seem to be a strong negative correlation between rates of firearms ownership and femicide. One could say that communities where half the families kept firearms in the house were between three and four times less likely to become the victims - and perpetrators - of intimate femicide, than the national average.

Further, Nortje pointed out:

* There is a positive correlation between alcohol and intimate femicide.

* There is a strong positive correlation between cohabitation and intimate femicide.

* There is usually a prior history of intimate partner abuse.

* Men employed in the security industry comprised 10% of the perpetrators of intimate femicide.

* Many perpetrators were unemployed.

* White perpetrators were most likely to be caught and convicted and those perpetrators who used licensed guns to commit intimate femicide got harsher sentences.

There is a curious lack of precision in the language and conclusions about the use of licensed guns in intimate femicide, which indicates the data sets should be subjected to rigorous peer review, he said.

Nortje also pointed out that the report claimed that 20% of the perpetrators "had a licensed gun" (which does not mean that it was used); instead of "used a licensed gun" to commit femicide.

Brett Nortje may be contacted on Cell: 082 700 1244 for further comment.
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