A South African's view on guns
The great Nelson Mandela was rejected when, upon returning from prison, he urged the people of KwaZulu-Natal to throw their guns into the sea. Without them saying it in as many words, they said that the reasons they had acquired the guns in the first place still persisted. Security Minister Susan Shabangu is our Donald Rumsfeld. Instead of al-Qaeda or whatever other incarnation of evil the Bush administration sees everywhere, the devil troubling our souls is the organised criminal gangs that lurk everywhere. Shabangu's call for police to shoot criminals when they threaten lives speaks to our gut. Given everything we have seen, show us why shooting the bastards cannot make the situation any better than it is now. Perhaps then we will think of more humane ways to deal with them.