Gun comments split Pistorius’s family

The family of Oscar Pistorius,the double-amputee Olympian charged with murdering his girlfriend,is feuding publicly over whether guns are a necessary protection against crime in South Africa

Written by Associated Press | Johannesburg | Published:March 6, 2013 1:08 am

The family of Oscar Pistorius,the double-amputee Olympian charged with murdering his girlfriend,is feuding publicly over whether guns are a necessary protection against crime in South Africa. British newspapers quoted Pistorius’ father,Henke Pistorius,as saying the family owns handguns for self-defence and suggesting that South Africa’s government shares blame for “white crime levels”. In a statement Tuesday quoting the runner’s uncle,Arnold Pistorius,the family subsequently distanced itself from the father’s comments.

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