A Nation without Guns?

The Story of Gun Free South Africa

By Adele Kirsten

After successfully negotiating the political transition in South Africa, one of the greatest challenges that faced the new democracy was the proliferation of firearms and the high levels of violent crime associated with this. Gun deaths and injuries rocketed out of control. Ad?le Kirsten tells the remarkable story of how Gun Free South Africa, a small NGO with few resources, mobilized to reduce the number of guns in circulation. Through innovative campaigning and media strategies, it quickly became a household name and the scourge of the pro-gun lobby. But the book tells more than this. It highlights the value of involving ordinary people in a process that resulted not only in a new law, but deeply influenced the thinking of many of those in search of genuine solutions to a post-conflict society. This book will appeal to concerned activists, scholars, and those involved in policy making and social change.


264 pages

Publication Date: 1/1/2008
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781869141356