You’ve read all sorts of articles about South Africa and its gun violence. I am writing this, because I’m an American who has visited South Africa.
First of all, we idolize athletes. I know I did as a child. People forget though, they are still people. What makes Oscar Pistorius different is being the Blade Runner. Kids with handicaps have enough problems, without their biggest hero and role model ending up in this mess.
Moving on, when I was in South Africa, I stayed with the family of a South African friend and colleague. I saw the number of guns. I heard all the stories about the violence. (This was 1996, so you need to understand the time frame).
I’ve always been fascinated by South Africa, and cannot explain why I am so fascinated.
The gun problems in the United States are very different from what happens in South Africa. I could probably do a more detailed explanation.
- A Pistorius Lot is not a Happy One. (iamanauthorimustauth.wordpress.com)
- Oscar Pistorius’s father blames South Africa’s gun culture on ANC (telegraph.co.uk)
- Oscar Pistorius’s older brother Carl also faces homicide trial over 2010 death of woman in car crash (independent.co.uk)
- The Fallibility of Celebrities – 3 (purposeofexistence.wordpress.com)