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Forde calls for gun amnesty

Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde today called for a general gun pardon, strategic police searches, and a witness protection system as part of measures to tackle rising crime.

Speaking in the House of Assembly during debate on a Government resolution to borrow $76 million, mainly for building new police stations and repairing old ones, along with construction of other public buildings, Forde said too many young people were dying as a result of gun crimes.

Cynthia Forde

Cynthia Forde

“I call on the Minister for an amnesty of firearms in this country; for a search of vehicles because a lot of the activity in the shooting and the drug transportation happens at night.

“We have to make sure that the police are properly trained so that if the confidence of the public goes into them even further, that they do not in a naive way, not knowing better most of the time I believe, seek to expose those who are giving them the evidence that is critical in helping them to solve their matters.”

The MP said in addition to teaching the police to keep the confidence of citizens, there was need for secure lodging for eyewitness to crimes, away from the communities where these crimes had occurred.

“It is important that safe houses be provided for those persons who are key witnesses so that they don’t get cut off too; so that they can actually give the evidence.”

The St Thomas MP’s concern for security of persons critical to eradicating crime also extended to the welfare of magistrates and judges.

“I cringe when I see the photographs of some of our persons in the judiciary in the newspaper,” she stated, arguing that with modern means of communication people who felt slighted by a judicial ruling could target judicial officers.

According to the resolution, in addition to financing construction of a number of new police stations and a magistrate’s court, the money was being sought to refurbish the Barbados Water Authority headquarters at the Pine and the Elaine Scantlebury Home at Bellplaine.

Forde supported the resolution but made an appeal for her constituency.

“I am suffering as a result of no police station in St Thomas,” she said.

7 Responses to Forde calls for gun amnesty

  1. Alex Alleyne August 12, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Is there a gun dealer or dealers in Barbados , and who is responsible for checking on the stock at these establishment(s) . I think the bullets inventory is where the action is and much attention should be right there. Also every fishing vessel should be checked on returning to the Island to make sure its only FISH on the boat and not something fishy. Punishment for having an illegal gun should be 10 years in jail no questions ask . Until then , we only making sport with the gun issue .

  2. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow August 12, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Talking loud ain’t saying nothing. ..give the cops a mandate or let those soldiers who are idle doing swat ..”the defense Force” earn they kerp

  3. jrsmith August 12, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    @, Alex, A,and Michael,C , hail hail, on the button ,I always said , stop and search , persons and people in vehicles, by our police at strategic set up points on the island along with members of our defence back security, just think what they will find.

    We also then deploy the same tactics, on vessels, entering and leaving our cost line, providing that everyone , who ever they are get stop and search, at any time, any where, not a them and us situation.

  4. Menace II Babylon August 12, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    It is amazing that people harbour such small mindlless assumptions to associate our fisherfolk with the cannabis and illegal firearm trade. This is a small part of the problem and majority of the fisherfolk are hard working and honest and I can assure you if you try approach them with any ludicrous ideas see what happens. Barbados has always been the land of the have and have nots. Try casting your condescending eye to the many gun dealers of different ethnititicy, try looking at those that operate with impunity and sell the same guns into the black community, try looking at the Mariners, where you sail your yachts from Timbuktu and pass the flimsiest security with smiling coast guards and tie up in front your house, try looking at the law and legislations to do with the cannabis trade, try travelling to other countries and seeing the judicial approach, look at statistics around violent crime and adopting instead of trying to reinvent the wheel and stop having this really old fashioned approach at looking at the youth and gun crime. We need a new set of thinkers with the ability to empathise not jus talk to create headlines…..gun amnesties are useless….. Who will hand in a working firearm? For what ….. no talk of compensation or incentive? No vouchers no incentive no nothing? People talk of bullets but we need to look at our law enforcement and make sure every thing is accounted for as they are many rotten apples in the bunch who violate the code. So please Alex, common sense does not grow in every ones garden….please print bb…..I have not violated any unwritten code…..

  5. Alex Alleyne August 12, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    2 books to read by Tom Diaz on guns
    Making a killing
    The last gun.

  6. Gerrit Antrobus
    Gerrit Antrobus August 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    It will be like when I lived in Jamaica, we had the infamous Gun Court… Rather than hand in his gun my father took apart his weapons and headed out for a long drive all over Jamaica where he carefully threw the pieces of the firearms out the window into deep gullies never to be found or end up in the “wrong” hands


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