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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 10:55

Media Release - Are guns effective for self-defence?

People in South Africa are scared, and are looking for ways to protect themselves. There is a widespread belief that buying a gun for self-defence will help protect you and your family from criminals.

This is a myth. The evidence overwhelmingly shows that guns are rarely used for self-defence; and when a gun is used in self-defence it increases the risk of being shot at, and thus shot, 4 to 5 times. And, most importantly, it is 4 times more likely to be stolen than to be used for self-defence, so arming criminals.

A gun in the home is also more likely to be used to commit murder, suicide or to threaten and intimidate someone known to the shooter e.g. an intimate partner, than to successfully protect against an intruder Finally, guns bought for self-defence arm criminals: almost 70% of guns reported as lost or stolen in South Africa between 2000 and 2014 (the years for which breakdowns are available) were lost by, or stolen from, civilian gun owners.




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