Out­law sale of air guns

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

THE SICK­EN­ING vi­o­lence against an­i­mals in this coun­try con­tin­ues un­abated, aided and abet­ted by “au­thor­i­ties” that don’t give a damn.

The ease with which a per­son with an un­de­vel­oped men­tal­ity may lay hands on a weapon with which to kill or maim an an­i­mal is apalling. I have even seen these weapons sold freely at flea mar­kets with “ju­nior” be­ing en­cour­aged to look around for “some­thing” to shoot by a fa­ther in­tent on dis­sem­i­nat­ing the manne men­tal­ity into a young, still-de­vel­op­ing psy­che. It is tragic to see this in­cul­ca­tion of vi­o­lence when the com­plete op­po­site – a show of com­pas­sion, em­pa­thy and rev­er­ence for the sanc­tity of life – con­veys true strength and man­li­ness.

With great power comes great re­spon­si­bil­ity. If you wish to lead a nation, it is in­cum­bent upon you to dis­play the high­est lev­els of moral author­ity and lead by ex­am­ple. This in­cludes the pro­mo­tion and recog­ni­tion of all life as sa­cred and the steps taken to nur­ture and pro­tect such life.

An air ri­fle is not an in­nocu­ous lit­tle toy. It is a weapon de­signed to cause in­jury, suf­fer­ing and death like any other weapon.

I call on Mayor Dan Plato and Premier Helen Zille to ur­gently in­tro­duce laws and polic­ing that ef­fec­tively com­bat acts of cru­elty to an­i­mals as op­posed to inane laws that limit the num­ber of an­i­mals one may house.

Out­law the free sale of weapons such as air ri­fles im­me­di­ately. And while we’re at it, in­clude in the ban those in­sid­i­ous home-made bows and ar­rows sold at traf­fic lights.

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