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Call for more robust searches to stem flow of guns

Concerned about the recent cases of gun violence and the impact they could have on Barbados’ vital tourism industry, a church leader and Government Senator is calling for intensified searches at the island’s ports of entry.

Senator Revered David Durant told Barbados TODAY that even fishing boats should be scrutinized if authorities want to leave no stone unturned in stemming the flow of illegal weapons into the country.

He insisted that a greater level of scrutiny and examination ought to be employed by law enforcement agencies as soon as possible because “we are reaching a critical point.”

“I think we have to protect our ports more. We have to protect our airport and our seaport and also the beaches, because these guns have to be coming in here from somewhere,” he said in an interview this morning.

“Even in barrels we have to look now more diligently. And we have to also look at fishing boats in some instances.”

Referring to a case earlier this week when a Canadian woman was intercepted at the John F Kennedy International Airport, allegedly heading to Barbados with guns and drugs, Durant said: “I am wondering ‘what about others who may have passed without being detected? Could this be one of the ways in which guns are coming into the country?’ There are too many guns on the streets of Barbados.”

He said he was particularly disturbed after recently ministering at the funeral service of two young men, both in their 20s.

Durant said he was also very concerned that the island’s tourism product may be seriously affected by the gun activity.

He cautioned that Barbados’ reputation for being a generally safe country to visit could be in jeopardy.

“Barbados is considered one of the safest tourist destinations in the Caribbean. Tourists boast that they can come to Barbados and go anywhere without someone guiding them. Now we face the possibility of losing that and we do not want to lose the reputation we have because we depend a lot on tourism,” Durant pleaded.

The religious leader also noted that the amount of gunplay was also causing residents in communities across the island to live in fear.

“All of this is creating a lot of concern in the Christian community and we need to look at ways and means to solve it. But first of all we have to go back to the root of the problem which, I think, is the family breakdown,” he said.

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13 Responses to PORT WATCH

  1. John-What Ever
    John-What Ever September 25, 2014 at 3:40 am

    and buy 2 of these from Australia the cape class patrol boat……

    • Daniel Polonis
      Daniel Polonis September 25, 2014 at 7:48 am

      with what…the US offered to give aircraft and surplus ships…Barbados turned them money for maitenance or to crew them….How many Bajan helicopter or military jet pilots do you know…how many ships are in the coast guard?

    • Nelson Darwin
      Nelson Darwin September 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

      We have six licensed helicopter pilots that are Bajans who would readily return home to work if the government needed pilots.

  2. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua September 25, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Yeah don’t forget to cover those yachts the come in at marinas know those gun dealers have alleged asset to those ports..

  3. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms September 25, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Those yachts won,t be monitor not the rich mans toys.

  4. Michael Ess
    Michael Ess September 25, 2014 at 8:22 am


  5. Bobby Brown
    Bobby Brown September 25, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Corruption is what will continue too get guns and drugs in

  6. Charly Bamboo
    Charly Bamboo September 25, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Tell Dem Menace ll Babylon, Mek Dem hear it loud and clear.

  7. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis September 25, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Start cracking down on the outlaw bikers and guarantee you get guns and drugs

  8. Randy Forde September 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Senator David Durant You have the right Idea I hope the Goverment and the Police chief is listening, when I saw that article woman caught smuggling guns and drugs to Bdos I immediately post on my Facebook , I live in Canada and I am very concern about the crime in my country . I hope those in charge get the message !!!


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