Pistorius Dad Hit for 'Racist' Gun Comment
Seems Henke Pistorius didn't clear interview with 'media liaison team'
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2013 9:07 AM CST
Olympian Oscar Pistorius, foreground, stands following his bail hearing, as his brother Carl, centre, and father Henke, right, look on, in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.   (AP Photo-Masi Losi-Pretoria News)

(Newser) – The Pistorius family has a "media liaison team," but Oscar's dad apparently didn't check in with said experts before talking to the Telegraph. The family is today distancing itself from Henke Pistorius' statement that some of the 55 guns owned by his family are used for protection—while blaming the ruling African National Congress for the high rate of violent crime, specifically "white crime levels," and concluding that "you can't rely on the police." The family says it is "deeply concerned" about the comments, and maintains that family weapons are used "purely for sport and hunting purposes."

The ANC had even harsher words, calling the comments "racist" and "devoid of truth" and disavowing them "with contempt," reports the AFP. Meanwhile, the New York Post surfaces what it calls a "tragic" photo of Reeva Steenkamp posted to Instagram in July, a few months before she started dating the sprinter. It depicts the model at a gun range firing what appears to be a 9mm pistol, with the caption, "Shooting Games this morning! I feel less stressed now :)"

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Mar 5, 2013 12:58 PM CST
Since the ANC has come to power, Afrikaner farmers have been murdered at a very high rate - racist Blacks killing and getting away with it - if not encouraged to kill whites by Black politicians in both South Africa and neighboring nations. Recall how Winnie Mandela sang in public the song, "Kill the Boers." Anti white crime is extremely high in the new South Africa. This is not to justify Oscar P - let a jury decided that. Because of the high crime, and the anti-white racist crimes in South Africa, owning guns is a necessity for longevity.
Mar 5, 2013 12:45 PM CST
Funny how a lot of us manage to live with ZERO guns in South Africa!? Needing 55 guns is a sign of sickness, not a sign of anything else. Seems there's a lot of strangeness in that family. Between those three men in that picture there's a probable murder, a probable manslaughter and a Dad who says he "can't rely on the police", so he keeps 55 guns, BUT they are "purely for sport and hunting purposes." Weird seems such a mild word.
Mar 5, 2013 12:29 PM CST
This is only a news story because of the medias blatent attempt at weaving the belief that gun owners are racist into the minds of the American ppl.