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Without trying to make light of what we go through here in RSA, I do believe that we are perhaps one of the freest nations. Sounds incredible!

Allow me to explain:
If you keep your head down-be discrete (Ie do not attract the eye of Sauron/Big Brother) you are totally responsible for your own family welfare.

Yes we pay exorbitant taxes, however do not expect anything back for it. The Goverment is unable to provide basic services such as security, education and healthcare. Once you realise that you are responsible for this it is almost like declaring a Unilateral Declaration of Independance of the Mind.

Those who realise that they are responsible for themselves, knuckle down and get on with it. Yes paying the taxes is viewed as a form of “protection money” but its part of life.

With all the power outages folks who can have been making alternate plans, installing generators etc. South Africans are becoming hardened to such events. In One week we had no power for one day, no water for two and municipal sewage oozing into our yard. Yet business must go on, and it did.

With regard to the handing in of firearms: The story of the latest firearms control legislation (FCA 2000) is on litany of unintended consequences.

Yes, the government through use of fear and intimidation browbeat law abiding folk into doing the unthinkable in the name of remaining law abiding.

However, this has the effect of removing a large portion of Junk/obsolete firearms from folks. Yes a few precious collectibles ended up in the heap, but this was the exception. Folks now realise that they were co-erced and have started buying newer firearms, of better quality and capacity for selfdefence.

The law also sets a series of legalistic hoops that one has to jump through in order to qualify for certain categories of firearms such as semi-automatic rifles etc.

If you “jump” through these hoops (If you cannot, it means you cannot read ;-) then the cops are obliged by law to issue you with the licence. However it is not that simple in practice.

Realising that they have cocked every thing up the police are now unilaterally changing the requirements to include additional documents etc. In effect they are making up the law as they go along. They also use the whole bureaucratic process to slow things down or simply lose applications. Add to this incompetent, unmotivated and untrained staff and it becomes a bit of a lottery. However patience and persistence does pay off.

IMO the biggest threat to firearms ownership inSouth Africa is high cost of ammo and firearms as well as supply. It puts it way beyond the ordinary folk. (An AR platform can cost from R20000 and a type 56 AK is a bargain at R8000, Assume an exchange rate of 10-12 to $1) If the yanks could get ITAR rescinded things would go much better for us ;-)

No one is going to come and fix our problems, we have to do it ourselves. In the mean time we all have to toughen up and get on with it.

This is Africa, and it is not for sissies.