Gun Violence- Reeva Steenkamp – Jeanihess Blog South Africa

15 Mar

Reeva Steenkamp died by gunshot 1 month ago.

Violence Against Women the Equal Opportunity Crime

Gun Free South Africa reports that in this period 546 were shot dead. Only 46 of these death were reported.

John Maythem raised this information on his show yesterday.

Immediately there were negative responses from listeners about Gun Free South Africa and defending guns.

It seems that no one shared John’s concerns about why there were so many gun deaths

or why

500 of these deaths were completely ignored by the media

and

what made the 46 important enough to report on

and

the 500 unimportant.

It takes one back to rape and violence against women.

It took the death of ANENE BOOYSEN to make the country sit up and take notice of rape and violence against women.

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I had hoped that the death of REEVA STEENKAMP might make the country sit up and take notice of FEMICIDE and GUN VIOLENCE.

Apparently not.

I am sorry Reeva.

I had hoped that following so soon on Anene, and on Valentines’s Day and being a white woman in South Africa, a young vibrant rising star with so much ahead of you, that part of your legacy would be that South Africa would honour you and give your death dignity and value by giving attention to gun violence.

The fact is that while gangsters shoot gangsters that ordinary supposedly law abiding citizens shoot family and friends, especially wives, girlfriends, lovers and children.

I am sorry Reeva, so sorry… When I google your name, it is Oscar Pistorius news that comes up.

You are just an insignificant addendum to his life.

Your death does not stir the passion of the nation. How sad.

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9 Responses to “Gun Violence- Reeva Steenkamp – Jeanihess Blog South Africa”

  1. colonialist March 16, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    A tiny bit of good news was the news item today about men calling for action on the violence against women issue. There should be a massive propaganda campaign pointing out that only cowards, losers and sexually inadequate men would harm or force a woman.

    • Jeanius April 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

      Hi:) I hope that the momentum will grow.

      • colonialist April 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

        Unfortunately it seems to have lapsed into the usual inertia.

  2. colonialist March 16, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    On the gun issue, I believe that increased strictness in criteria for owning one, and strict punishments for those found illegally in possession – plus lots of metal detector checkpoints would help. Gun free society is an impractical dream which merely gives more power to the criminals.

    • Jeanius April 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

      I quite agree with some of the impracticalities re Gun Free but they offer a good balance and check and balances which would otherwise be absent.

      • colonialist April 5, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

        I think the checks and balances should come in such that the good guys have the advantage. Gun free simply gives that advantage to the bad ones who couldn’t give a Tinker’s cuss about the laws.

      • Jeanius April 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

        Hey Colonialist:) You should get into some serious research- very few gun ownwers actually shoot any criminals.
        They lose their guns
        Attackers take their guns and shoot the owners with them
        The owners shoot their lovers, wives and children and of course, friends
        White owners often kill family members and then claim that they were shooting at black criminals (?)
        White owners often shoot blacks, criminal or not, and claim that they were shooting baboons (as if we don’t know many think we are baboons:))
        Police shoot their loved ones and wipe out their families. This was a white culture that has transferred to black police
        Amongst blacks /people of colour guns are mostly used in gangsterism for turf wars and organized hits.
        Guns do not make life safer.
        Guns introduce all sorts of risks.
        People who would not pick up a knife to kill with, with kill with a gun.
        SON2 used to research these things because he moved from martial arts to personal self-defense including acute awareness if your environment and precautions, attitude and self-presentations to avoid attacks.
        They did many knife vs gun attack demonstrations and work on the difference between readiness to attack and having to come out of surprise mode to defense mode and the disadvantage
        but especially that normally people are not able to cross the boundries that would allow them to survive an attack and to injure their attackers
        You need a special mindset for this which is why young hotheads 17 to 24 make good soldiers as do the psychos

    • Jeanius April 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

      Yes, true to a point. On Letterdash I once blogged about guns and their use. In all instances the guy with the intention to attack will win because of the mindset and readiness. In an experiment the guy with a sprung holster and highly trained came off second best to the knife-wielder who had to cross the room to attack but who had intent …

      • colonialist April 6, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

        Nevertheless, it does remove the utter callous confidence of the people who know that they are the wolves and that all the sheep don’t even have teeth. A type of cowardice covered by bravado is often the hallmakr of a criminal character.

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