Below is a copy of a well written letter sent in by one of the team captains of prominent SA skirmish team, SSB.
It has some good pointers if your feeling stuck as to what to write to your local MP’s
Good Evening Sir,
My name is Kurtis Winter and I am writing to you with regards to the potential banning of gel blasters in SA.
I come to you, a veteran on a mission.
Having served 11 years in the full-time Army, I have only recently left full-time service to continue my career as a reservist.
During my tenure I served this great nation in both East Timor and Afghanistan on operations Astute and Slipper.
I would like to advocate for Gelsoft and Gel Blasters in SA, as I see the benefits for not only the individual but for the state as a whole.
I only became aware of Gelsoft in 2018 and since, have immersed myself in the sport!
Gelsoft offers an all encompassing environment for both the able bodied and disabled, bringing those that would normally stay indoors out into the world. It provides them with a support network and encourages them to be active amongst their peers.
It is excellent for social networking and physical fitness.
I personally, along with other veterans have also seen the benefits for those suffering with mental health issues.
We become different people, it gives us a purpose, something to look forward to, focus on and invest in.
Its a break from reality where we can role play and enjoy ourselves with like minded people… Rather than stare into and empty bottle of whiskey whilst we play video games and slowly waste away.
The sport also has benefit for state revenue, with the sale of blasters and the use of fields and facilities which is something the state could tap into, without making it impossible for us to continue having fun.
The fact is that gel blasters are merely toys, despite how they look, they only difference between them and a cap ■■■ is that they shoot small gel pellets… Biodegradable, soft,
Personal safety is also paramount with many posters, publications, pamphlets and instruction given in stores, on fields, online and in the box when you purchase a blaster. Glasses that come standard with the blaster also risk mitigate eye injury, which is the only real injury concern.
Sure there is a risk that some people may use them to do the wrong thing, but they could do the same with a cap ■■■; or fingers shaped like a ■■■ in a jacket pocket… But they arent going to ban fingers now are they?
I think I speak for most in the community when I ask for your support in helping us keep gel blasters. We are a reasonable bunch of people who see this as a sport, we are open minded and can accept restrictions such as permits or even licences.
This topic has been discussed at length and most would be happy with an age restriction of 14+, a permit or licence system.
Perhaps even mandatory memberships to clubs or associations as a valid reason to own a gel blaster.
Most also agree that if necessary blasters should have a red muzzle tip to denote them as a toy and should only be carried to and from venues in a carry case or bag.
With the above taken into consideration, if those terms were to be breached, those found in breach would face the full weight of the law with regards to firearms. That alone would perhaps dissuade others from doing the same.
We just need a to be given a chance, we need to be heard and it is my hope that you can show the community…your community, some support and be our voice.
Kind regards, Kurt.