Creation of the FCB - Governments deception I

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Creation of the FCB - Governments deception I

Postby crimefree » Tue, 2012-11-13 12:28

Creation of the FCB – Governments deception I

The Firearms Control Bill

Before we can really discuss the Firearms Control Act we need to clearly understand the ideology at work. Too many gun owners fail to grasp the true meaning of the FCA and believe it to be a misguided attempt at controlling crime or reasonable legislation to ensure the safety of the public. We must understand the threat to firearms ownership before we can try to counter it. Forget for a moment the content of the Act and let's look at it's context.

The FCA has nothing to do with controlling crime. This was repeatedly stated in parliament by various ANC speakers.

It is simply the first step in the ANC's stated goal of a civilian gun-free society. The ANC's position on this was spelled out to the Goldstone Commission in 1993 by Azar Cachalia, Cachalia later became the head of the Secretariat of Safety & Security responsible for direction and control of the SAPS. He was one of the leading forces behind the new Act.

This policy clearly stated the ultimate goal of a total ban on private possession of firearms, including sportsmen and collectors. It also stated that the general population would not accept this at the moment. Therefore it would be necessary to achieve this gradually with incremental legislation and in concert with other programmes to convince the general public that firearms are undesirable.

This policy has been confirmed at every ANC convention since then. This was also confirmed in public by both the past Minister, S. Mufamadi, and the current Minister, S. Tshwete.

Mufamadi created a committee to investigate new legislation. His instructions were, and I quote, “to formulate progressive legislation that would result in a drastic reduction in the number of LEGAL firearms”. Not illegal, not criminal but legal licensed firearms were the target.

This committee consisted of South African Police Services (SAPS) members, Gun Free South Africa (GFSA), SA Communist Party (SACP), the Secretariat of Safety and Security and the Attorney General's office. Adv. John Welch represented the Attorney General and managed to get this changed to include the South African Gun Owners Association (SAGA) as well, despite the Minister having initially refused this.

The committee progressed very slowly with SAGA countering GFSA and the Secretariat and the SAPS in the middle while the SACP member simply never attended.

The Secretariat for Safety and Security was unhappy with this lack of progress and without anyone's knowledge or cabinet authority they employed ISS to draft a new Bill. Both A. Cachalia (Safety and Security) and Sheena Duncan (GFSA) serve on the board of ISS. Because this was done without approval there was no funding in the budget to pay for this so the Secretariat went overseas to obtain the funding. The two main sources were the UK and the UN who both provided direct funding for this project of around R300 000 each. Canada and George Soros amongst others also sponsored ISS. It is known as the “Potgieter Report” and J. Potgieter (ISS) mentions writing this draft of the Firearm Control Bill in his CV. It remains a secret document to this day as does the policy of the Act as well as the report to parliament. These have never been requested by any firearm organisation or rights organisation.

Parts of this draft were given to 3 groups, dealers, hunters and collectors with one week to provide comments. It was made perfectly clear that the intention was to have the Bill become law within a matter of weeks and that firearms groups had not been informed as the goals of the Bill were not negotiable.

This was in July 98 and the Bill was scheduled to become Law by October at the latest.

This draft was a wish-list for the anti-gunners. Amongst other things it would have banned;
Any handgun with more than ten shots
Any firearm originally designed for military use
Anything of .50 or larger calibre

And a multitude of other things.

Peter Moss 2001.
"Two memorials remain today at Thermoplylae. Upon the modern one is engraved his response to Xerxes' demand that the Spartans lay down their arms. Leonidas' reply was two words, Molon Labe. 'Come and get them'."
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