Legal firearm owners not the cause of violent crime in SA

2014-11-04
Dr Pieter Groenewald

Legal firearm owners are not the cause for violent crime in South Africa and focus should rather be placed on other causes such as the SA Police Service which lost more than 18 000 firearms in five years, Dr. Pieter Groenewald, the chief spokesperson on Police for the Freedom Front Plus says.

Dr. Groenewald said the call is increasingly being made – including from prominent people in the country – for stricter firearm legislation due to the high levels of violent crime and the ANC is at the forefront of this.

“The FF Plus says you are misleading yourself if you believe that stricter firearm legislation which will restrict gun-ownership will restrict crime. A disarmed community is exactly what criminals want. It will increase crime and there have been numerous scientific studies done which proves this point.

“The problem is illegal firearms such as that of the Police Service which lost more than 18 000 firearms over a five year period. The question should rather be asked whether this isn’t where the problem lies.

“Crime has increased due to political interference in the Police, corruption, poor management and a lack of discipline. This and the legal justice system should first be put in order before focus is placed on legal firearm owners, because they are not the problem and cause of violent crime,” Dr. Groenewald said.

 

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