OMG! You mean it's not just us rustics in the flyover States of America?
In fact, looks like things are far, far worse in the Townships of S.A. Sure is a pity the peaceable folks -- and count on it, you'll find a majority that just wanna be left alone -- don't have easy access to some simple means of self-defense. What was it that Hindu lawyer who hung out in those parts long ago said about a similar situation back in his home country?
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
And, friends? Just in case there's any doubt, ol' Mohandas K. is not talkin' about the hue of anyone's hide there but rather the absence of the light of reason and decency in the souls of some men, 'kay?
Xenophobia is one of the things that's a little hardwired into humans; when normal caution around strangers 'til you get to know them becomes avoidance, fear and attack, the software's gone off the rails a long way back.