Pistorius family distances itself from gun comments

Updated 05 March 2013
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Pistorius family distances itself from gun comments

JOHANNESBURG: The family of star sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with murdering his girlfriend, on Tuesday rejected his father’s assertion that South Africa’s high crime rates necessitated gun ownership.
The family was “deeply concerned” about the comments Henke Pistorius made to the British newspaper The Telegraph, the family’s publicist said in a statement.
Henke Pistorius said his family’s 55 guns were for protection against the high crime levels against whites under the ANC government, the daily reported.
But family spokesman Arnold Pistorius said that “the Pistorius family own weapons purely for sport and hunting purposes.”
“The comments doesn’t (sic) represent the views of Oscar or the rest of the Pistorius family,” he added.
Prosecutors have charged the Paralympic and Olympic athlete with the premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.
Pistorius denies this, saying he shot Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door having mistaken her for an intruder.
The incident happened at his house inside a high security housing estate, east of the capital Pretoria.
Police recovered a 9mm pistol at the scene of the shooting.
Several reports of the double amputee’s fascination with guns have emerged since his arrest.
In January the sprinter, who is a member of a firearm collectors association, accidentally discharged a friend’s pistol at an upmarket Johannesburg restaurant.
The court also heard that he had pending gun licences for several firearms.
Henke Pistorius’s interview had not been cleared with their “media liaison team,” said Arnold Pistorius.
The family was still mourning Steenkamp’s death.
“For this reason and out of respect for the Steenkamp family, the Pistorius family will not grant any media interviews at this time,” he said.
Official statistics show that 42 people are killed per day in South Africa, and crime is rife in poor overcrowded areas.
According to Gun Free South Africa, there were 1.5 million licensed gun owners and 2.9 million registered guns in 2011. The population is around 52 million people.


UK PM May calls US images of of migrant children ‘deeply disturbing’

Updated 20 June 2018
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UK PM May calls US images of of migrant children ‘deeply disturbing’

  • "This is wrong,” Prime Minster Theresa May told MPs
  • May said she would raise the issue with Trump next month

LONDON: British Prime Minster Theresa May on Wednesday said images from the United States of migrant children being held in cages were “deeply disturbing” and that she would press President Donald Trump on the issue.
“On what we have seen in the United States, pictures of children being held in what appear to be cages are deeply disturbing... this is wrong,” she told MPs.
May said she would raise the issue with Trump when the pair meet in Britain next month.
“When we disagree with the United States we tell them so,” she told MPs.
“But we also have some key shared interests with the United States in the security and defense field and on other areas as well.
“And it is right that we are able to sit down and discuss those with the president.”
Trump told Republican lawmakers Tuesday he backed their efforts to craft an immigration solution that ends the politically toxic practice of separating illegal migrant families on the US-Mexico border.