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STATEMENT: Response to video of armed man shot in head by cop at hotel

Easy access to guns puts everyone at risk for injury or death

During the recent public debate on proposed amendments to the Firearms Control Act, a common theme was how effective guns are for self-defence. Despite the evidence that guns are not the solution, and rather pose a risk for injury and death, the myth persisted through anecdotal evidence. This terrible incident, leaving all the people involved traumatised, and one man fighting for his life, shows how the presence of guns alters the outcome of an altercation, and changes lives forever.

Says Adèle Kirsten, GFSA’s Director, “the presence of a gun put everyone in that situation – the man who was shot, his wife, the police as well as hotel staff and guests – at risk of being injured or killed.”