We all worry when we hear the sound of gunshots, and we should. Each day in Mzansi, 23 people are shot and killed . Guns, both legal and illegal, are easy to get and threaten the safety of everyone.
We can help change this. A new gun law is under discussion that could help stop gun violence. You can help the new law become a reality by making public comment before the 2nd of August.
Dear Civilian Secretariat for Police Service, this is my public comment on the Draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill. I strongly support the Bill because it will make our communities safer in these ways:
- Less guns in Mzansi would mean less people will be shot and killed.
- Police will be held more accountable for guns going missing.
- Stopping abusive men from getting a gun licence helps reduce women being shot and killed in their homes.
- Having a gun in the home increases the risk of violence in house robberies . It is safer for everyone if there are no guns in our homes or streets.
- Limit people from buying lots of guns and bullets, including for hunting and sports shooting.
I call on you to strengthen parts of the Bill by doing the following:
- Make our schools gun-free.
- Those charged with drunk driving should never have a gun licence.
- Increase the age limit on gun licences to 26 years. This will protect our young people.