2006-06-27 : Collateral Damage

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2006-06-27 : Collateral Damage

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2006-06-30 14:10

Collateral Damage.

MEC Firoz Cachalia is absolutely correct when he comments that our society is in a guerrilla war. Nearly 19,000 murders in SA last year is more deaths p.a. than the Americans were losing at the height of the Vietnam War.

Entirely more worrying though is that Minister Nqakula comments that anyone pointing a firearm at a police member will be KILLED. Not apprehended, arrested, brought-to-book or any other nice text-book PC phrase representing the rule of Law, just killed.

Given the levels of police corruption, inadequate training, poor equipment and the prevalence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Service; also given that the criminals who mowed down four of 'our finest' at the weekend did it in the clear belief that they could shoot their way out.

Is it not fair to concede that civilian firearm ownership should be not just condoned but indeed supported and promoted? Accepting that the entire SAPS can only field at best less than 100,000 people in the street, could not a case be made for up to another two million *free* potential crime-fighters backing them up?

By disarming the law-abiding, the public are reduced to being merely helpless bystanders, no good to themselves or anyone else when it hits the fan, least of all the police. Award citizens the tools and the job may just get done more efficiently.

Or perhaps, -even though tens of thousands are now training properly for competency- the Law-abiding public cannot be trusted?

One thing's for sure, criminals have declared war on society, that's you, me, the police and the rule of Law, and unless society acquires superior numbers, one way or another, the bad guys will win. And even if they don't, we civilians will still only get 'caught in the crossfire'.

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