The following is copied verbatim off GunSite South Africa and paints a pretty damning picture of GFSA. It proves them to be nothing more than outright liars. If they can’t be trusted to be truthful about even the most basic little details, how can anything that they say be considered remotely legitimate? Short answer: they can’t.
Share this far and wide, folks. Let’s set the pesky truth free and hope the media takes notice.
I refer to the attached statement GFSA (downloaded from their website and inserted in case it “disappears”). Attachment 17071 I reference the first paragraph which reads:
“Evidence that South Africa’s Firearms Control Act (2000) has saved thousands of lives is being presented today at the University of Oxford. The research, which was published in the March 2014 edition of the reputable American Journal of Public Health, shows that over 4,500 lives were saved from gun violence in five SA cities between 2001 and 2005.“
The abstract from the research in question reads as follows:
We assessed the effectiveness of South Africa’s Firearm Control Act (FCA), passed in 2000, on firearm homicide rates compared with rates of nonfirearm homicide across 5 South African cities from 2001 to 2005.
We conducted a retrospective population-based study of 37 067 firearm and nonfirearm homicide cases. Generalized linear models helped estimate and compare time trends of firearm and nonfirearm homicides, adjusting for age, sex, race, day of week, city, year of death, and population size.
There was a statistically significant decreasing trend regarding firearm homicides from 2001, with an adjusted year-on-year homicide rate ratio of 0.864 (95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.848, 0.880), representing a decrease of 13.6% per annum. The year-on-year decrease in nonfirearm homicide rates was also significant, but considerably lower at 0.976 (95% CI = 0.954, 0.997). Results suggest that 4585 (95% CI = 4427, 4723) lives were saved across 5 cities from 2001 to 2005 because of the FCA.
Strength, timing and consistent decline suggest stricter gun control mediated by the FCA accounted for a significant decrease in homicide overall, and firearm homicide in particular, during the study period.“
Now, please note the beginning of the Firearms Control Act of 2000, which I have extracted from Juta’s Statutes (the resource used by almost every lawyer in the country)
|[ASSENTED TO 4 APRIL 2001]||[DATE OF COMMENCEMENT: 1 JULY 2004]|
|(Unless otherwise indicated)|
Firearms Control Amendment Act 43 of 2003
Firearms Control Amendment Act 28 of 2006
Civilian Secretariat for Police Service Act 2 of 2011
Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act 6 of 2010
Protection from Harassment Act 17 of 2011
Dangerous Weapons Act 15 of 2013
[with effect from a date to be proclaimed – see PENDLEX]