South African Horror Aided by Gun Owner Control Policies

By David Codrea

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USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- “They were tortured with a blow torch and knives,” a chilling Middleburg Observer report about a South African farm attack relates. “A plastic bag was stuffed down Sue’s throat and they attempted to strangle Robert with a black bag around his neck.

“They drove from the Mash Land farm through Belfast towards Stoffberg. In the pass Sue was shot in the head twice before her attackers dragged her into the field next to the road,” the story elaborates. “A few metres further it was Robert’s turn. His attackers aimed for his head, pulled the trigger and pushed him out of the vehicle.”

“In any other country, such a crime would be almost unthinkable. But in South Africa, these kinds of farm attacks are happening nearly every day,” Fox News observes in a follow-up report. “This year so far, there have been more than 70 attacks and around 25 murders in similar attacks on white farmers.”

“Official statistics on farm attacks are non-existent, due to what human rights groups have described as a ‘cover-up’ by the notoriously corrupt — and potentially complicit — South African government,” the report concludes, linking to a new Middleburg Observer report:

‘Bury them alive!’: White South Africans fear for their future as horrific farm attacks escalate

That’s an interesting choice of targets. And it’s an interesting admission about the government. Because complicity is more than “potential,” especially when they're egging on the violence and you then factor in their anti-gun edicts.

“The regulation of guns in South Africa is categorised as restrictive,” GunPolicy.org notes. While the website, a project of the Sydney School of Public Health, is decidedly on the side of such restrictions, and globally, it nonetheless provides an accurate picture of gun laws form around the world (or at least it did until funding to keep it updated ran out).

And it’s those very laws – the ones criminals ignore – that catch peaceable gun owners in their nets.  Gun Owners of South Africa, a group dedicated to defending what's left of firearm owner rights, documents the way the “law-abiding” are harassed. Essentially because of registration and licensing, the government knows who they are and what they have. And who to go after.

So we see routine examples of gun owners in serious legal jeopardy because they failed to renew licenses in time. And we see the predictable antis, such as the aptly-named Gun-Free South Africa, endorse prosecuting a woman for defending herself against an armed repeat offender – because she used her partner’s gun:

“Allowing somebody who does not have a license to use your firearm and use it for their own self-defence will definitely fall under Section 103, where you will be declared unfit to own a gun.”

That’s consistent with a report I wrote back in 2001 quoting a South African Safety and Security official admitting “the laws have nothing to do with criminals. It is a waste of time to make laws to stop criminals. The purpose of this bill is to make it as difficult as possible for people to own licensed firearms and to reduce the number of firearms already licensed.”

And as the (now dissolved) New National Party observed, the laws being enacted would ensure:

“No firearm may be used for self-defence unless licenced for that purpose (s16, s17, s18, and s19). If under personal attack whilst only in possession of a firearm licenced for a non-defensive purpose, the individual would, in fact, be committing an offence by using it to defend him/herself;”

So it’s no surprise that the government’s gun registry has turned out to be a corrupt “black hole” with “no visible impact on crime.” Or that “visible impact” does come from untold thousands of guns “stolen” from police.  And speaking of that, it’s not unfair to wonder who's doing the stealing, and how many officers have decided they need an after-work gun.

It’s also no surprise that one group hampered by “progressive” policies from defending itself consists of South African lesbians being gang-raped to “cure” them. Or that today’s increase in attacks was preceded in recent years by “road pirates.”

“The murder rate increased from 32.9 in 2014/15 to 33.9 in 2015/16,” Africa Check reports. “This means there were nearly 34 murders recorded per 100,000 people in the country.”

Compare that to five per 100,000 in the United States per the World Bank, citing the UN Office on Drugs and Crime's International Homicide Statistics database.

Give it a few years. That is, if those bent on culturally terraforming our country with a “progressive' majority and disarming its citizens are allowed to prevail. We who oppose that may then find ourselves facing “leadership” like that exhibited by South African Marxist thug President Jacob Zuma, singing songs like “Shoot the Farmer, Kill the Boer” and demanding land be confiscated from whites without compensation — as his colleagues call for a more final solution.

David Codrea in his natural habitat.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 47 thoughts on “South African Horror Aided by Gun Owner Control Policies

    1. The hypocritical South African politicians that would put people in jail for using a readily available firearm for self-defense, would do so themselves if under attack. Who would not want to save their own life?

      In their country, if you manage to take away a criminal’s gun meant to be used against you, and use it to keep from dying, you’re a criminal. That’s not only insane, it’s utterly immoral.

      Those kinds of politicians should be tried for crimes against humanity and punished accordingly.

      But it’s this same idiocy that the opposite day leftists desire for the United States. While such fools proclaim their love of human rights, their actions in opposing self-defense liberty show, well, just the opposite.

      1. “In their country, if you manage to take away a criminal’s gun meant to be used against you, and use it to keep from dying, you’re a criminal. That’s not only insane, it’s utterly immoral.”

        Incorrect, should you relieve an attacker of his firearm during the course of an attack and use it to save your life, you will NOT be prosecuted. Should you keep that firearm and then hunt down your attacker a day later, that would be something different.

          1. @R.L. Harvey, I, also, read that Ginsburg thought that South Africa’s Constitution should be America’s Constitution. It was in some interview that she did, although, I don’t remember which interview. I think that she would like sovereignty to be in the government, rather than the people.

          2. Ginsburg during an interview with Egypt’s Al-Hayat TV

            “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a Constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the Constitution of South Africa,” says Ginsburg, whom President Clinton nominated to the court in 1993. “That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, had an independent judiciary. … It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done. Much more recent than the U.S. Constitution.”

            http://foreignpolicy.com/2012/02/06/why-does-ruth-bader-ginsburg-like-the-south-african-constitution-so-much/

      2. Two things:

        You’re actually allowed to defend yourself with anything at hand when attacked in South Africa, even the criminal’s firearm. The problem is with the safekeeping requirements. Only the licenced owner may have access to the firearm so if you use your partner’s firearm while they are not present, the partner is actually in a head of legal trouble which includes probable confiscation of all owned firearms. This creates the bizarre scenario where I have two safes in my house, one for me and one for my wife.

        Secondly, without commenting on the merits of our Constitution (I find the US’s miles better even though it is many many years older), I can tell you that Government treats the Constitution as suggestions. An immense amount of our court time in South Africa is taken up by other political parties, civil rights groups, even firearm associations dragging the State to court. The State loses almost all the time but the amount of resources wasted is immense. It isn’t as if we don’t have sufficient criminals around.

        1. @TTT, People who quietly sell everything and get out early will get out alive. Those who do not get out early will not get out at all.

    2. If I understand you correctly, you’re saying that firearms not licensed for self-defense are not legally allowed to be used for such purposes?

      “And as the (now dissolved) New National Party observed, the laws being enacted would ensure:

      “No firearm may be used for self-defence unless licenced for that purpose (s16, s17, s18, and s19). If under personal attack whilst only in possession of a firearm licenced for a non-defensive purpose, the individual would, in fact, be committing an offence by using it to defend him/herself;””

      If that is what you are saying, you are incorrect. As South Africans, we are allowed to use any legal firearm for any legal purpose. There are many that carry Section 15 or Section 16 firearms daily and I am aware of a few documented cases where S15/16 firearms were indeed used for self-defense with no legal issues.

      GOSA are doing what they can for gun owners in SA and they’re doing it well. The CFR (Central Firearms Registry), where license applications are processed, are notorious for declining applications for arbitrary and completely false reasons (eg “automatic firearms are prohibited” when all you applied for was a bolt action rifle) and GOSA have been working hard to reduce those occurrences.

      Then just to add, don’t forget EFF leader Julius Malema who is quoted saying “they’re not calling for the slaughter of whites, yet.”

      1. That is an accurate quote from a 2001 article of a statement made by the New National Party, so it’s not what I’m saying, it’s what they did. Unfortunately, the source used in that article has disappeared from the internet, so I can’t now determine if it was a warning of a proposal or an interpretation of existing law that has since been settled differently.

    3. EN ESTO SE TERMINA CUANDO SE LES HACE CASO A LOS QUE QUIEREN CONTROLAR LAS ARMAS DE
      LAS MANOS DE SUS PROPIETARIOS . LAS ARMAS,SON EL ÚLTIMO RECURSO QUE TIENE TODO SER HU
      MANO HONESTO PARA PROTEGERSE,Y QUIENES LUCHEN POR QUITARLES ESE DERECHO,NO HACEN
      OTRA COSA,QUE FACILITAR SU ESCLAVITUD,SU DOMINIO,Y LA EXTINCIÓN DE SUS DERECHOS COMO
      SERES HUMANOS.

      1. Jorge’s comment is excellent. Translation:

        This is where you end up when you pay attention to those who want to “control” out of their owner’s hands. Guns are the last line of defense every honest human being has to protect himself. Those who fight to take them only in enslaving, dominating & extinguishing their rights as human beings.

        “It’s the misfortune of all countries, that they sometimes lie under an unhappy necessity to defend themselves by arms against the ambition of their governors, and to fight for what is their own; for if a prince will rule us with a rod of iron, and invade our laws and liberties…we…must patiently submit to our bondage, or stand upon our own defense; which if we are enabled to do, we shall never be put upon it…”

        –John Trenchard, “An Argument Shewing, that a Standing Army is inconsistent with a Free Government, and absolutely destructive to the Constitution of the English Monarchy” http://www.reformation.org/john-trenchard.pdf

    4. Gun control NEVER takes them from the bad guys. An excellent example of such. Dumb shits there just as there are in this country, and Britian.

    5. Rhodesia was once referred to as “the bread basket of Africa.” South Africa was “the crown jewel.” They are both now stinking pest holes where white people are an endangered species.
      The same thing could happen here if Communist blacks manage to get us disarmed. Never, ever, ever give up your guns. Never!!

      1. You’re right hippy. South Africa used to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. It’s so sad now.
        When people talk about my guns I say “guns? What guns? I don’t have no stinking guns!” Then when I have time I clean my guns so they’re ready for whatever. 🙂

        1. you clean your WHAT’s?

          Oh, thast;s what I tought you said. Good on you….. keep yer powder dry and yer barrels clean.

    6. Those SAVAGEs should of never been turned loose and look at the entire situation now. And never, ever give up your firearms my fellow Americans, Never!

    7. Our goal, in the US, should be the repeal of all gun laws, every single one of them. We already have criminal penalties for rape, robbery, murder, assault and any other crime committed with ANY weapon. Any further law simply duplicates those and is unnecessary. I include the NFA laws in those that should be repealed. There are no “good” or “bad” guns despite what politicians try to conjure up in their witch’s kettles of bigotry and class warfare in a never ending quest to divide citizens with lies and misinformation and garner money and votes for themselves.

    8. I went hunting in South Africa a couple of decades ago, before “majority rule” took place. No problem with bringing a handgun in, and at that time, I could carry it concealed – which I couldn’t do in my then home-state of Minnesota. Outside of the townships and an occasional terrorist attack in border areas, crime was not much of a problem. Now . . . I’ve read that things have become so bad that crime statistics are a state secret. With attacks on white-owned farms and businesses, South Africa is going down the same path – the death spiral of a formerly civilized nation – that Rhodesia/Zimbabwe did, only about 20 years later. Ain’t majority rule great?

    9. I am sure that most of us are familiar with the fall of South Africa and Rhodesia. However, most of our fellow citizens haven’t a clue. And, furthermore, they couldn’t care less. Sad really, but that’s the way it is.

    10. So in the beginning, you had this infertile chunk of land that was uninhabited. Then came the Caucasians who bought it and made something out of it. Soon, natives from all over the continent started arriving seeking work. Then apartheid came about, social injustices, and basically a coup from Nelson Mandela. Now the Caucasian descendants of the people who founded the country are being victimized. The very people who claimed being victims, are now the perpetrators, even though their ancestors were never part of landscape either. So the lesson here is that if you make something out of nothing, don’t import cheap labor.

    11. Mr Codrea’s report should be a warning to ever farmer and rancher in America. Even here, it would not be difficult for a van full of city people to drive out to a farm or ranch, overwhelm the farmer or rancher, steal what ever they liked, take there time about it, and leave little evidence.
      I see my County Sheriff’s Deputy once a year around Christmas time. Note to all you city people out there: My ranch has a layered defense plan guaranteed to surprise you (for a little while).

        1. @Vann, So good to “hear” from you again. The picture of a city criminal, in city shoes, with a city pistol in the pasture with one of the Brangus bulls just makes me laugh out loud.

    12. When one looks briefly into South Africa’s recent history this is no surprise. Back when polltical unrest was the order of the day (the apartheid issue.. decidedly wrong policy, needed to go, but not the way it went) there was one hot headed radical rose to popularity and he began playing the hoodlum, inciting to riot, death, mayhem, etc, bombing public buildings including at least one police station, anything to destabilise things. He was eventually arrested, tried, and convicted to a LONG sentence….. he was given much liberty whilst imprisoned on an island in the Atlantic, managed to change his strips somewhat, losing his crusty and savage outer shell….. but retained all the hate and venom he’d had stuffed inside that blak heart of his. After some extended time, he was released (early, if memory serves) returned to SOuth Africa, and somehow managed to regain his political influence. He eventually rose to power as the president of that land, His black heart continued to rule, but more subtly. Upon his death just a few years back he was hailed, revered, feted as a national hero. The murderer, bomber, terrorist, anarchist, on a pedestal as a national hero. Many of his policies and actions as president hurt that nation, their economy, labor, politics, etc. It was largely HIS doing that disarmed the people of SA. He is revered as a “good man”, never mind his murderous past. Anay people who would place such a thug in highest office, and then so revere him upon his passing, cannot help but deserve the return of precisely the same sort of violence, chaos, mayhem, that allowed him to rise to power as an anarchist murder back in the 1960’s.

      1. As a couple of other people have alluded to, it was the communists in the Soviet Union and Red China along with their fellow travelers here and abroad who made it possible for Mandela and the ANC to do what they did. The only good communist is a dead communist. Of course they call themselves “progressives” now.

    13. Somebody being a good guy is like Mandela as the greatest hero on the face of the earth even though he started out as a communist. How the hell people equate communism with liberation in incomprehensible. Making everybody but the leaders the same IS NOT FREEDOM IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM. Anyone capable of actually of thinking inherently knows that. Good place to rant about “good” guys

      1. @TKT, Our colleges and universities only teach the theory of communism and socialism, not the actually results of communism or socialism, and make darn sure that our youth can not think critically by the time that they graduate.

    14. The bs inherent in the regulations quoted, that business about a firearm being registered for defensive use, if truly stated, is beyond the pale, even in a gun control happy regime.

    15. There’s nothing new under the sun.

      “When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
      They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
      But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
      And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.” – Rudyard Kipling, 1919

      1. @Bob M, You inspired me to look up the rest of Kiplings poem, and although, much of it contains references too old for me to catch onto, Kiplings last verse is also prophetic:

        And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
        When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
        As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
        The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

    16. Kinda sounds like Maryland to me. Only the elites
      can carry here. They are still trying to enact more
      regulations here. No regard for personal protection.

    17. Make no mistake about it, this is what Schumer and the eastern liberal establishment have planned for the U.S.A. Don’t give them one inch and resist with all you have!

    18. I feel for these people, they should mobilize and use tactics to ambush these animals. Once they realize that brutality will be answered by death and eye for an eye justice they will back off. If we Americans were not armed we would be singled out by hoards of evil the same way. We need to realize that some out there think we deserve to be brutaized and taken out

    19. One thing to remember, and I note that you disregard the following at your own risk. The antics, goals and such of the anti gun cabal that exists in the government of South Africa and a number of other countries too, is pretty much the same thing that one finds among anti gunners in the U.S. One can put as much lipstick on a pig as they like. The creature remains as what it is, a pig adorned with layers of makeup. By the way, the government that does not trust it’s law abiding citizens does not deserve the trust of it’s citizenry.

      1. A Government that doesn’t trust it’s citizens, should never be trusted by it’s citizens either. But truthfully, no government should ever be trusted by it’s citizens.

    20. I resided as an expatriate in Zimbabwe and in South Africa. In Zimbabwe it was soon after “independence” and the murder of whites had not yet ramped up – it was dangerous but manageable with common sense precautions: a big dog, an alarm system, bars on all windows and doors and a roving security patrol on call. South Africa, later and “post-independence,” was worse. Razor wire atop 6′ walls, a really big dog, sodium lights like a shopping center, bars and grills everywhere including two jail doors interior for fallback positions (true, not from a cheap novel). Then a licensed (p-i-a to get) shotgun upstairs, just in case. That was before the last decade’s apparent decision to expropriate white farmers’ properties by threat or by machete. IMO, only the big money interests (as in BIG), keep the S.A. train from derailing. There is too much money in minerals and probably too much interest in wine to let it all go down the tubes. But pity and pray for the average white South African farmer whose family, through many generations, had created a prosperous country, only now to watch it being stolen from them.

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