Pistorius shooting

The Oscar Pistorius shooting of his girlfriend, and the discovery of guns in his “defense armoury”, means that lawmakers, both here (and in the US) need to spruce up regulations governing gun (and multiple gun) ownership.

By (AR Modak, by email)

Published: Fri 22 Feb 2013, 10:43 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:47 AM

While premeditation may be ruled out in the case of the above, the mere fact that a person has had a history of anger mismanagement, and in the case of the athlete, an incident where he (allegedly) shot at a person in a crowded place, could provided an argument against gun ownership.

Similarly, road ragers who bash (or even kill), cannot go scot-free on the premise that the act was not premeditated — their historic bouts of anger, and the inability to control it at “the right time”, should be termed as premeditation!

Consequently, any such application for multiple gun ownership should be accompanied by an evaluation certificate citing competency to use such ammo — perhaps, in serious cases, a psychiatric report!

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