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Clampdown on gun crime

Fisherman may be caught in gun net, warns AG

Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite says it cannot be business as usual given an apparent increase in gun crimes on the island.

Speaking to reporters today, he warned of stepped up monitoring at all ports of entry, including the seaports, where he said fishermen could be subjected to greater scrutiny.

Adriel Brathwaite

Adriel Brathwaite

Brathwaite also said the authorities would be placing greater focus on small arms traffickers in general, as well as criminal gangs.

“There has definitely been, from my eyes and from what I have been seeing in the media, an upsurge in the use of guns in crime in Barbados.  We need to see how guns are coming into the country,” he told reporters this morning, revealing that he had, as recent as Wednesday, held talks with the acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith and his deputy on the matter.

“ . . . And one of the things that we are going to be doing, we are going to get Customs to come in and sit down with us because, obviously, guns are coming in through our ports of entry.  The Post Office  . . . we know that we have to be more vigilant [there]. We are going to have to do more random checking in terms of even our own fishermen when they go out on the waters; do a bit more checking.  It cannot be business as usual,” he declared.

“We cannot [assume] that when the guys go out fishing that they come back in with only flying fish and dolphin and lobster.

“I’m not saying that fishermen are involved.  All I am saying is that traffic into the country by boat, by air, by cargo etc., we are going to have to pay more attention to it,” Brathwaite said.


9 Responses to Clampdown on gun crime

  1. Robert Foster
    Robert Foster August 15, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    You waited long enough to do this AG.

  2. Sherrie Bumbray
    Sherrie Bumbray August 15, 2014 at 10:34 pm


  3. Sanderson Rowe August 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Hope that this talk will be followed by some positive action. These same guns, one day may challenge the highest offices in this land, if we allow the situation to continue to fester, like the out of control bicyclists and PSV operations.

  4. Sherry Gittens
    Sherry Gittens August 15, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    So many times they came up with a plan of action if found or having to deal with a gun ….nothing happens

  5. Rickie Brown
    Rickie Brown August 16, 2014 at 12:25 am

    better LATE than never!!

  6. Maria Leclair Rose Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Rose Dasilva August 16, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Got to be kidding, this is not already being done…

  7. Maria Leclair Rose Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Rose Dasilva August 16, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Got to be kidding, this is not already being done…

  8. Jon Near
    Jon Near August 16, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I love the way an american is trying to teach people how to eradicate gun crime. Just amazing. Punishment does not deter a human from taking another humans life. If someone is prepared to kill another human and believe that is the only course of action to get them what they want, be it money, respect, revenge then a long jail sentence is not a deterrent. America proves this, England proves this, the whole world is packed full of prisons, full of young people that proves this. You need to establish what is the driving force behind the upsurge in gun crime and deal with it. Seems to me its mostly young kids committing these crimes, they have not developed the maturity to fully comprehend the consequences of their actions so saying you’ll be banged up for twenty years for carrying a weapon will not deter them. Men and women need purpose and belief, take that away from them legally and they will find it somewhere else. Going to prison is just an extension of their lifestyle. In some gangs its a right of passage. Set up groups for these kids, invest in them and give them something to be part of other than the neighbour gang to believe in. Its all about investing in them, caring for the kids in your community, giving them a feeling of self worth. Black, white, Asian whatever everyone needs those fundamental foundations. I hope the kids over there find something other than this way of life. Its a sad site to see these boys killing each other.


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