Don’t get like Trinidad or Jamaica – Bishop begs

Roman Catholic Bishop of Bridgetown Jason Gordon has repeated his call for the speedy prosecution of gun crimes.

The religious leader, who had initially made the call in his address to the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry earlier this year, again warned in an interview with Barbados TODAY on Wednesday that gun violence, and the drug problem that is usually associated with it, were seriously threatening to rip apart the very fabric of Barbadian society.

“We have to start dealing with the illegal firearm problem because it is causing an escalation in the murder rate in the country,” he said.

And in the wake of several worrying incidents in recent weeks, the Catholic Bishop, who as part of his earlier pastoral work in Trinidad had sought to turn around the lives of many drug lords, said: “Don’t catch up with Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica when it comes to crime, violence, drugs and gangs, I beg you!”

Having seen “the most absurd side of what the reality looks like in gang communities”, he added: “I am saying today that if we do not push back hard as a whole country at this time, it will overtake Barbados.”

Jamaica currently has one of the worst homicide rates in the world of about 45 per 100,000. And while there have been over 300 reported murders in Trinidad so far this year, here in Barbados, there has been a total of 14 killings, including ten gun related deaths for 2016.

The Roman Catholic cleric suggested that if rising crime and violence are to be arrested in the long term, policymakers must address family life and the way in which they help children grow up in society.

Gordon further suggested that policymakers must assist members of society to see life as valuable and to protect the sanctity of life.

While acknowledging that laws against the use of illegal firearms were already on the statute books, he called for enforcement to ensure that anyone found with them feel the full weight of the law.

Gordon argued that drugs are a major part of the upsurge in crime because they have the capacity to corrupt a society, adding that as a society Barbadians have to deal with the guns, the drugs and violence.

“To really deal with the problem we have to create a society where people do not go to drugs and do not go to violence. We have to create a different kind of society and that’s the real work we have to do here in the church and as a nation.”

He charged that part of the problem facing  today’s society was that young people wanted to start earning what their parents ended up earning at the end of their working lives. 

7 Responses to Don’t get like Trinidad or Jamaica – Bishop begs

  1. Alex Alleyne September 9, 2016 at 8:58 am

    As long as those persons getting filthy rich from the arms deal , nothing will be done. People know who their are but keeping their mouth shut. I think Barbados must start looking at ORGAN DONORS as the young men take out each other like flies. There are many people out there who want to live and enjoy life , but is in need of organs.Those thugs go the the grave and say to the brother in the coffin ( RIP), Rest In Power.

  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn September 9, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I don’t understand some of these Bishop and Priest.i want the police to kill about three of those idiots tomorrow and I want to hear what the Bishop is going to say.The police should have a death squad by now and any one that is wanted by the police send the death SQUAD for them.All the police have to do is to kill about 4 of them the same time and everything will go back like the good old days.police have license to kill and I don’t want to hear that he was a good boy they should not kill him so,and next day start to quiticize the police.

  3. Norma Jeremiah September 9, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I do not subscribe to the views of Alex and Angus. I believe that the Catholic church should go after their young members, and lead them to a relationship with Jesus Christ. They are empty and have nothing inside them to motivate them. Some of these youths are driven by evil spirits, especially those on drugs, or who are involved in occultism without perhaps knowing it. Violent crimes are not peculiar to Barbados, Trinidad or Jamaica, it is global. The Bible says that in the last days violence will be great in the earth. so it is a sign that we are in the last days.
    I challenge the evangelical type churches, or what is called the Born again churches, to take up God’s promise in 2nd Chronicles 7:14 “IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WOULD HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN WOULD I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SINS AND I WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.” I challenge the church to go to God in sincere prayer and intercession and supplication for the youths and the nation as a whole, and watch God turn things around. Take God at his word in Romans 13, prayer for those in authority so that they would rule in Godliness , honesty and with integrity.

  4. BoboTheClown September 9, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I don’t think the RPBF is actually doing enough to rain in guns and criminals in Barbados . It does seem that the only time something tangible is done is after the fact.Policing should include prevention of crimes ,and not only trying to solve crimes. There seem to be this notion that the Police not as visible in certain communities as they should ,which result in crimes taking place unabated.
    Police are too cosy ,cosy with some many criminals in Barbados resulting in a lack of respect for the Police.
    When last have one heard of a sweep by Police, Defense Force, Coast Guard..where a number of targets are raided in unison that would prevent criminals from, having the chance to hide weapons and assets .Criminals seem to have the benefit of tip offs by insiders when ever the Police or Defense Force is attempting to carry out a raid. When Police can constantly find Marijuana grow ups ,but can’t arrest the growers tell us all we want to know. Anyone would tell you no matter how naive they might be ,that a Marijuana farmer constantly keep watch over his crop,and when the Police pretend to find large grow ups without making arrest tells any sensible person that they either didn’t carry out a thorough investigation ,or the grower was informed of the impending raid.

  5. jrsmith September 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    The issue of drugs , guns , knifes and cutlass murders was always in Barbados which has excelled by the black bajans over the past 2 decades . all at a sudden lots of different people is crawling out the wood work in who interest , the same drugs guns and murders where around before this present lot became the government..

    What is so deceited none of the (religious manufactures ) would never stand up and challenge the Barbados Government over the issue of crime , then come the others the same coward act scared of directly challenging the people who is in office to look after the security of all bajans. Even our (Attorney General ) only speak when he is at a pulpit in a church some where with the party faithful ..

    We as bajans should start to consider what is Barbados and who is bajans , seeing Barbados is there for the taking but not by bajans , (wee should look out fa, wee ) , one of the best things ever happen to us we are not on (Continental Caribbean) we have people working in the interest of some people, and not for the interest of the people…

  6. Donild Trimp September 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Little B’dos, only 166 sq miles, a mere dot and the authorities cannot stop the drugs and guns from coming in.

    Let me help.

    Rum shops: Every rum shop frequenter (and the owner) can tell you who owns a gun in that district and who deals drugs in that district.

    Fishing Boats: Every Bajan and anybody who is not a Bajan knows. Enough said.

    Yatchs: Every Bajan and anybody who is not a Bajan knows. Enough said.

    Imported Goods by legitimate businesses: Every Bajan and anybody who is not a Bajan knows. Enough said.

    How difficult is it?


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