It is well known that the ongoing struggle for firearm rights in South Africa has a rather tumultuous history. What is perhaps less well known, is that twice in the late 1800s the fight for the right to keep and bear arms involved actual bloodshed. Both upheavals were caused when the British colonial authority attempted to assert imperial control over indigenous tribes by curtailing their ability to own and use firearms. A government using gun control in order to subjugate free people is a tale as old as time, even in South Africa.
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