- Many South Africans possess guns out of fear ofcrime
- A study has shown that owning a gun increases the chances of being a victim of gun violence
- Registered guns need to be kept safe and away from others
Many South Africans own guns out of fear of falling victim to prevalent crime. However, evidence shows households with guns run a higher risk of seeing members being victims of criminal activity.
Research has shown that you are four times more likely to have your gun used against you than to be able to use it successfully in self-defence.
According to the Small Arms Survey, a weapons watchdog organisation, there are over five million guns owned by civilians, but only three million are registered and legally owned.
Statistics show that 57 people are killed every day in SA, with 23 of them being a result of gun violence. These gun-related deaths are not random acts. There is a simple cause and effect – the presence of a gun puts everyone at risk of injury and death.
Gun Safe Cities has created a campaign to raise awareness that possessing a gun is not the solution. The campaign also emphasises that gun owners are responsible for every bullet that comes out of their guns.
In addition, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that 17% of all suicides are committed using a firearm; these types of suicide attempts are almost always fatal and also the most preventable.
The Gun Safe Cities campaign emphasises that if you insist on having a gun, keeping it safely stored is the only way to protect your family against your own firearm.
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