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Crime Stats: More women in South Africa need firearms for self-defence

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Gender-based violence  ̶  we should have more lawfully armed women roaming our streets. 

Today it was announced that most violent crime has increased with reported rape cases up by a shocking 13.7% and murder up by 22.2% and the conviction rate seems to be on the decrease. South Africa will soon be one of the kidnapping hotspots in the world, and once again, women and children are left to fend for themselves as political leadership has destroyed the integrity of the South African Police Service.

Murder, attempted murder and assault with the intent to commit grievous bodily harm against women all showed double digit increase in the latest quarterly crime statistics release of the time period between January and March 2022.

South Africa is a bloodbath and that cadre deployment is the root cause of the destruction of the South African Police Service.

From January to March 2022, 6 083 people were murdered in the country, an increase of 4 976 from the same period last year.

I would like to quote Jonathan Deal from the Safe Citizen Campaign to describe what a major role a firearm can play to empower lawfully armed women, “We protect our ministers, assets, celebrities and visiting dignitaries with guns, we lawfully use guns for hunting and competitive sport shooting and we rely on them for self-defence against a life-threatening attack. Whether we like it or not, guns are intrinsic to civilisation. A firearm removes the disparity in physical strength, size or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender and is realistically the only personal weapon that puts a 60kg woman on an equal footing with a 120kg attacker. Why should private persons at the mercy of unchecked crime face criminals with empty hands while the political elite live in state-sponsored safety?”

South Africa has now been transformed into the rape capital of the world and is now possibly facing the greatest human rights crisis of our generation.

According to the most recent statistics almost 150 women have their livelihoods stolen from them everyday when they are raped and they have an almost 100% guarantee that justice will not prevail. The conviction rate on sexual offences in South Africa is less than 8%.

It must be said that many victims are children and very simply put, would not be able to obtain a firearm for self-defence, but where possibly adult citizens should be legally armed and prepared for different situations they could be confronted with.

Women, like so many other citizens should be encouraged to be legally armed and trained to equal the playing field where violent criminals threaten their lives.

Help us to bring justice where the system is failing victims. Join Action Society today and be a voice for the voiceless.

Ian Cameron

Ian leads Action Society’s community safety drive and is the founder of

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