Opinion

Shooting ourselves in the foot with proposed changes to SA gun law

Mark Barnes is up in arms over the proposed ban on the private ownership of guns for self-defence

30 May 2021 - 00:00 By Mark Barnes

The world would probably be a better place if there were no guns, no booze, no cigarettes, whatever. Choose your favourite “I'm against it” and start a campaign. But these things exist, and they're not going away any time soon, if ever. At issue is how we regulate them. At issue is how visible their use (or misuse) is.

You simply cannot monitor, let alone manage, something which operates in the underworld, under the radar of formal mechanism oversight. In the absence of such oversight and legitimacy, things can get seriously out of control. The underworld is where the baddies prevail, where guns and money are already the currencies and levers of power...

This article is reserved for Sunday Times subscribers.

A subscription gives you full digital access to all Sunday Times content.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Registered on the BusinessLIVE, Business Day or Financial Mail websites? Sign in with the same details.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.