Letter to the Editor – President Zuma and guns

Dear Editor

President Zuma is concerned about violent crime, which is out of control in our beloved country. He wants only the government forces to be armed; and not those who have employed him – the citizen.

One of the fallacies we need to deal with is that the police alone can stop the invasion of our homes by criminals.

The truth is that policemen cannot be everywhere all the time. They also cannot always arrest someone ‘who looks suspicious’ but has not committed a crime. So, most times, police will clean up the mess after a crime has taken place.

The bottom line is that if unknown, unauthorized people gain access to your home, you are probably going to be on your own without a policeman or security guard on hand. Criminals don’t attack if they think they’re going to be arrested.

What would be helpful is if our members of Parliament would pass a Defense of Habitation Law; this legal doctrine arose from English Common Law – it assigns one’s place of residence, or place of work, as a sanctuary in which citizens enjoy protection from illegal trespassing and violent attack. It gives a person the legal right to use lethal force to protect themselves, and any other innocent persons, inside these areas.

At the end of the day we need to be prepared to defend ourselves. The only person, who can stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun; nobody else will be of much help.

Mr. Zuma, a gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.


Charl van Wyk

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