OF GUN OWNERS: TOOL OF CONTROL
September 12, 2003
England is an excellent place to study the deadly dangers
of gun control, it is far from the only laboratory. A quick
look at South Africa makes this point.
same thing could be said of South Africa that Ann Coulter
has said about California: "The host of the liberal
laboratory experiment has died."
Africa is dying. It is descending into chaos. Farmers are
being murdered, but the only reaction of the racist regime
of Thabo Mbeki is to eagerly approve the genocidal starvation
of the opponents of neighboring Zimbabwe's dictator, Robert
Africa has a new gun control law that comes right out of
Sen. Charles Schumer's playbook. Gun owners are licensed,
their guns registered, and the quantity of ammunition and
firearms they can own is strictly limited. Most gun owners
are limited to owning four firearms - legally. Happily the
country is awash in illegal guns, and hopefully the good
guys will stock up while the opportunity permits.
bad as the law is on the books, the devil, in this case,
is in the details of the administration of the law. Writing
for the Cape Argus (of Cape Town, South Africa), Estelle
Ellis reports that about 70 percent of firearms applications
are being rejected by the government. Unlike the drivers'
license exams, there are no books the supplicants can study.
Everything is completely arbitrary.
law requires the police to give proper reasons and explanations
for what they are doing. But as is the case in every country,
the problem is in policing the police. This will always
be the problem when the government is allowed to stick its
nose into areas it has no legitimate reason to be involved
in whatsoever. (Americans, are you listening? Do you really
want to "just enforce the gun laws that are already
on the books?")
lady did get a reason for the refusal to grant her a permit
- "she had a husband to protect her." Where are
the feminists NOW when we need them?
system in South Africa also requires police officers to
make a psychological and physical evaluation of an applicant's
fitness to own a firearm. I have warned elsewhere about
the danger of allowing psychology to be used to evaluate
gun owners. Psychiatrists have been willing tools of oppression
by the Nazis and the Soviets. In South Africa, such abuse
is in the hands of the police. Forget the shrinks, they
have gone directly to the guys with guns for such evaluations!
prominent firearms activist in South Africa, Martin Hood,
reports on a meeting between the National Commissioner of
Police, Jackie Selebi, and members of the Central Firearms
Registry. Hood says that: "At that meeting it was decided
that too many firearms licenses were granted and that 80%
of firearms license applications must in the future be refused."
director of the Central Firearms Registry, Jaco Bothma,
told firearms owners that "he would not disclose what
a proper motivation for a firearm license is, because if
he did, all firearm applications would have the same one."
Let me guess. Self-defense is not one of the valid reasons
for getting permission to own a piece?
in England earlier, the South African gun control scheme
also requires "proper" storage and requires police
home visits to inspect a gun owner's storage facilities.
South Africa is one of the most violent countries in the
world. Gun control clearly is not designed to control crime.
It is intended to control subjects.
South Africans do not engage in massive civil disobedience
and arm themselves to the teeth, Zimbabe will be their future.
Larry Pratt - All Rights Reserved
Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun
Owners of America for 27 years. GOA is a national membership
organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting
their second amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.
for the pro-gun position in Washington and is involved in
firearm issues in the states. GOA's work includes providing
legal assistance to those involved in lawsuits with the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the federal firearms
law enforcement agency.