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  1. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago

    sigh I suppose this is a turn on “Blade Gunner”
    And he used a 9mm, not revolvers.

    A bloody tragedy either way. That’s the way of the gun.

  2. sclark55

    sclark55 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I wonder if those are in Boxer’s bill.

  3. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago


    Before trying to denigrate your senator Boxer’s bill, read its contents, it likely isn’t about preventing gun ownership for self-protection.
    Perhaps you’d be mindful to understand how far your country still has to go to get to the levels of crime experienced in South Africa. The US may have more guns per capita but guns are more often out on show in SA and its death stats support this. Compare it with your own.

    Owning a gun in SA, for self protection, is actually quite reasonable. Just about everyone I knew not only owned a gun, but carried it with them, in the car, shopping, to work, to parties.
    Not only was Oscar a gun nut, he was paranoid despite living in the safest gated community in SA, even sleeping with a gun under his pillow. I knew several such folks; I once hosted a work colleague for a couple of months in my home who asked my permission to keep his gun (Jaco had been shot before with an AK-47 when he worked as a cash-in-transit guard). Such is the paranoia of crime in SA that Oscar sleeping with his gun wasn’t considered paranoia but normal.
    Unfortunately, Reeva Steenkamp became another statistic about the real victims of keeping guns in your home for protection, even if it is more justified in SA.
    It isn’t much different in your country, look at your own statistics.

    By the way, as to what really happened, whether a real accidental shooting or the result of an argument taken too far, having a gun handy resulted in her death. Like I said before, a tragedy either way. I also would like to emphasis just how well regarded, no, esteemed, hero worshipped, Oscar was in South Africa. Not like Lance Armstrong, and not just for being a sports,man; far, far more.Not over-stating it if I say almost as highly as Mandela.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    Thank you omQ R. You provide a first hand reasoned account over an issue for which most can only provide assumptions.
    There have been reports from previous g/fs that Mr. Praetorius had never been violent to them and that Ms. Steenkamp had been tweeting/facebooking excited and happy comments about upcoming Valentine’s Day.
    The gun issue in South Africa is certainly different from the USA. This is not only a gun issue, it is a violence against women issue, and – if Mr. Praetorius was clinically paranoid, a mental health issue.
    In a worst case scenario, I see an angry b/f using a gun as part of an argument with his g/f with no intent to kill, in the best case, a terrified home owner overreacting due to a lack of medicine and/or other treatment. I may well be wrong.
    I am truly sorry for what has happened to these two young people, one dead, one burdened with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life. I am also sorry for the people of SA for whom Mr. Praetorius was a role model and hero, as well as for Americans who, due to war or other injury/medical cause, looked at what Mr. Praetorius overcame as object lessons for their own lives.
    Mr. Praetorius can redeem himself. It will take time and will be painful, but if he is willing to turn this tragedy into a teaching moment, he can help prevent this from happening to others.
    & with prayers for all those involved and affected,

  5. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Hey C, thanks for your wishes, I share them too.

    My comment above “Owning a gun in SA….is actually quite reasonable” followed by my observation that they are usually carried everywhere is in fact is meant to emphasis how ridiculous it has become. I don’t really think it is “reasonable” for a society to be at the point that carrying a gun for self protection is ubiquitous. It serves as a warning for your nation. SA’s problem is its poverty, inequity and immense wealth gap between rich & poor. Your inner cities, where most of your gun-crime & deaths occur, is a mirror image of SA at large. How you alleviate it is up to you. It most certainly shouldn’t be owning more weapons unless you think SA is the society to emulate.
    SA is an armed society and it is not a polite society.

    I don’t think there’s a mental health issue with Pistorius, certainly not clinical paranoia. I raise my hand in mea culpa for using “paranoia” too easily to explain away the fear SA society suffers from. Unless you think a national clinical paranoia is in evidence.

    As for whether this is a gun issue or violence against women issue; until the trial has ended and a verdict delivered, it certainly is a gun issue for the moment. The prevalence of guns in SAfrican culture is a serious issue, strongly linked to its past (liberation struggle vs.“protecton” from that struggle) and the present with its incredibly high crime rate linked to its continued grotesque inequity a generation after its 1st free elections.

    Should rage be the cause, that it was an argument that went too far, most certainly it is an issue about violence against women as well.

    The tragedy of this incident or argument, is that not only has SA, the paralympian world and the disabled worldwide lost a strong role model, – that is actually a selfish position to take – Reeva Steenkamp lost her life. We’re making this out to be Pistorius’s or our tragedy whereas the one who really paid is Reeva Steenkamp. It is her tragedy.

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