American Pro-gun activist to speak in Bloemfontein

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American Pro-gun activist to speak in Bloemfontein

Postby GOSA » Mon, 2006-01-30 20:28

Press release sent Mon, 23 Jan 2006

The News Editor

American Pro-gun activist to speak in Bloemfontein tomorrow.

Contact: Martha Dean, 083 978 7279 or to contact Larry Pratt, phone Charl van Wyk (who will be traveling with him) on 082 394 6209.

On Tuesday 24 January 2006, American pro-gun ownership activist and Director of Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt will speak at two public meetings in Bloemfontein. He will speak at 12h45 at the ACDP Provincial office, 35 Peet Ave and at 18h00 at Die Rusplek, 50 Scholtz Street.

Pratt will speak about the dangers of gun control especially in connection with the recent Firearms Control Act.

Pratt is well known in the US for his pro-gun ownership position, appearance on numerous radio and television shows and for lobbying the pro-gun position in Washington. Pratt supports the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms, particularly the right to self-defense.

Pratt has been the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for 25 years and has debated numerous Unites States congressmen and senators including former Vice President Al Gore.

He has published two books, On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty in 2001 and Armed People Victorious in 1990. He was the editor of Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution and Militias.

Pratt will speak about how gun control is illogical and counter-productive.

Pratt says that in countries such as England, gun control has failed to reduce the crime rates. "Gun control has done nothing to keep crime rates from rising in many of the nations that have imposed severe firearms restrictions. According to the BBC News, handgun crime in the United Kingdom rose by 40% in the two years after it passed its draconian gun ban in 1997."

Pratt also says that firearms are used far more to protect lives than to take them. "In the US, law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year -- or about 6,850 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives," Pratt said.

"Civilian disarmament is based on the assumption that people are irresponsible (unless they work for the government). We don't need gun control, we need government control," says Pratt.

Pratt will also be speaking at the launch of Gun Owners of South Africa in Cape Town on Thursday, 27 January.
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